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Huawei Ascend Mate7: Beautiful surprise

Huawei Ascend Mate7: Beautiful surprise



6-inch 1920 x 1080 368ppi Full HD


Android 4.4, Emotion UI


8+1-core (quad 1.8GHz + quad 1.3GHz + 230MHz) Hisilicon Kirin 925 SoC


16GB internal storage, microSD up to 128GB, 2GB RAM


13MP rear, 5MP front


LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, microUSB




Huawei commands a steep price for the Ascend Mate7, but you got a winner right here. If you have the budget and you want a sturdy, great-performing device for your hard-earned money, the Huawei Ascend Mate7 trumps many of the hyped-up offerings from the more familiar brands.

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I’ve always shied away from phablets—until I used the Ascend Mate7. If it reminds you of the One and One (M8), that’s because it takes a lot of design inspiration from those HTC devices, right down to the aluminum unibody. But with all the devices launching left and right, it’s refreshing to actually stumble upon something that’s good and be surprised about it. Read why this dual SIM (LTE) Huawei smartphone just earned a spot on my gadgets list.

What’s great about the Ascend Mate7’s body: It is compact for the screen size that it bears. See the almost non-existent side bezel? That makes this aluminum unibody beautiful to look at and hold. The power button and volume rocker on the right, and the microUSB port at the bottom are convenient to access. But it would’ve been better if the speaker grill are in front instead of the back where.

You know how you see a 13MP camera on paper but it doesn’t perform that way once you take out the device for a ride? I hate that. And that’s why I love the Ascend Mate7’s cameras. The rear camera makes the Ascend Mate7 all you need to keep handy for your everyday photography needs, while the front-facing shooter produces clean and tastefully saturated photos, and has a pretty cool and impressive panorama mode.

The fingerprint scanner, conveniently situated at the back, needs only a quick tap and then wakes up the device and sends you straight to the homescreen or the app you left running. The battery is internal and therefore not removable. But at 4100mAh capacity, the battery life extends to more than what you need in a day’s work, which is just heaven-sent.

The Ascend Mate7 comes with a smart cover with a large window through which you can see the time and notification bar, and access music playback controls. The screen is responsive this way. When you open the cover, you are immediately taken to the lockscreen.

It has an OTA upgrade to Android 4.4.2. As for the skin, Huawei’s Emotion UI is relatively simple without an app drawer. I like the calendar-type notifications and the pedometer, but I’d rather not have the deluge of bloatware, of course.

Beautiful screen and large battery aside, don’t we all want more power? The Ascend Mate7 can take whatever you throw at it. Multitasking, watching videos, and playing CPU- and graphics-intensive games such as Real Racing 3 is a breeze, although the back started heating up after a couple of races on Wi-Fi. For benchmark geeks, you’d be happy to know that the Ascend Mate7 scores higher than the Xiaomi Mi4, LG G3, and Samsung GALAXY S5 on AnTuTu.

Review by Aritha Zel Zalamea
First published in Speed January 2015

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