Review: Huawei Ascend P7

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Review: Huawei Ascend P7

Huawei seems to be back on track with its new Ascend P7. The P7 is probably the company’s flagship, as it attempts to take on its competition by their horns. Though Huawei is known in the enterprise and telecom market for many years now, many don’t really know that it also makes smartphones. The P7 is one of its latest offerings that packs in an eye-catching design.

The smartphone is quite slim and sleek and at a price tag of AED 1699, it is positioned as a mid-range offering. In fact, the company’s P-series smartphones are known for being some of the thinnest devices in the world. And the Huawei Ascend P7 is no different – it is just 6.5mm thick. The P7 is also a 5-inch smartphone that is capable of playing 1080p videos.

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The phone features textured aluminium on the sides and a flat pane of toughened glass at the back. The Ascend P7 has to be one of the best-looking phones Huawei has made to date. The P7 is not only slim, it is also lightweight at just 124 grams. On the edge of the phone you will find a SIM slot, a microSD card slot, a volume rocker and a power button. The standard microUSB charging port meanwhile is at the bottom and the headphone jack is at the top.

The Huawei Ascend P7 also comes with a 13-megapixel camera at the back and an 8-megapixel front camera. Under the hood, the Ascend P7 runs on an in-house 1.8-GHz quad-core processor. The CPU is supported by 2GB of RAM and you’ve got an internal memory of 16GB. And if you would like to expand the internal memory, you can very well do so, using the microSD slot we spoke about earlier.

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The Ascend P7 runs on Android 4.4.2 KitKat and is customised using Huawei’s Emotion UI software. What we liked about the Emotion UI is that you get lots of options to customise it further. There are loads of themes to choose from and download – so you can tweak all kinds of aspects to really personalise the software. These include homescreen panel transitions, icons and fonts. We found the UI to be quite breezy – we did not come across any lags using it.

The P7’s 13-megapixel camera uses a 4th generation Sony sensor and a DSLR-level processor. According to Huawei, the camera is great at shooting in low light and for speedy shots. In our tests, we did find that statement to be true. The Ascend P7 was capable of taking high quality photos is different lighting conditions, whether outside in bright or indoors in low-light conditions.

Huawei Ascend P7

Connectivity wise, the Ascend P7 is brilliant. It’s a phone that supports LTE and offers both NFC and Bluetooth 4.0, in addition to Wi-Fi and GPS capabilities. And the phone also packs in a 2500mAh battery. When we used the phone for checking emails, taking a few photos, using social media and other usual smartphone duties, the Ascend P7 was able to provide us with a little more than a day of battery life.

Watch the product video:

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The Huawei Ascend P7 is a beautiful device and feature packed for the price point it is available at. If you are looking for a good mid-range phone with good UI, excellent camera functionality and good battery life, you could never go wrong with the Huawei Ascend P7.

Price: AED 1699

OS: Android 4.4.2 KitKat, EmotionUI 2.3
Chipset: Hisilicon Kirin 910T Quad-core 1.8GHz
Display Size: 5-inches
Display Resolution: 1920 x 1080, 445 ppi
Cameras: 13MP AF BSI F2.0, with Flash, 8MP Front
Internal Storage: 16GB
External Storage: microSD, up to 32GB
Radios: LTE B1/B3/B7/B8/B20 / HSPA+ / GSM
Connectivity: Wifi, GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC
Weight: 124g
Battery: 2500mAh

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