The Huawei Ascend P7 is China’s epitome of smartphone engineering. A device that would stand out from a crowd of affordable, mid-end smartphones and compete only against the best of the best. Does Huawei have what it takes to go against the Samsung Galaxy S5, the HTC One M8, and soon the LG G3? We need to test it more to utter such big words, but we can give you an idea with our unboxing and first impressions of the device.
Roland from Mobile Geeks Germany has had the privilege of using the Ascend P7 for some hours and has given us his very first impressions on the high-end smartphone. So far we can tell the Ascend P7 definitely has its strengths, but it also has its downsides. Let’s go into all the details and show you what the Huawei Ascend P7 is all about.
Huawei Ascend P7 specs
- Android™ 4.4 .2 KitKat / Huawei Emotion UI 2.3
- 5-inch 1080p FHD display
- 1.8 GHz quad-core Hisilicon Kirin 910T processor
- 2 GB of RAM
- 16 GB of internal storage
- 13 MP / 8 MP cameras
- 2500 mAh battery
The Huawei Ascend P7 has a lot to live up to. The device has gotten a lot of hype and it is to be one of China’s best smartphones of 2014. To an extent, the Ascend P7 does live up to expectations. It is a very well-built smartphone with a beautiful design. It is only 6.5mm thick, but doesn’t feel cheap thanks to its aluminum frame and tightly packed components.
Both the back and front are made with Gorilla Glass, so the device should be very sturdy and durable. The display is much better, finally offering a 1080p Full HD resolution. The screen is also bigger (compared to the P6) at 5 inches, and it feels even larger thanks to the smaller bezel.
In summary the device looks very good. The design is outstanding, the display is gorgeous and the UI brings some great additions to the game. To make things better, the Ascend P7 is very capable and powerful, but here is where “the bad” starts.
We haven’t tested the device long enough to say performance is amazing. We have put it to the test with AnTuTu Benchmark, though, and it reaches up to 25500 points. It often falls below the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the HTC One M7! These past-generation smartphones came with a Snapdragon 600 processor, which is now considered far outdated.
Now, this is not saying the device is an under-performer. We can assure you it is a very capable smartphone, just like last year’s flagships continue to be. Some of you may also dislike the heavily customized UI, which is customary of Huawei’s Emotion user interface.
The bottom line
Our very own Roland walked away with a smile on his face. He was pleased with the phone’s design, display, software additions and price (449 Euros, but cheaper in some markets). He is even pleased with performance, which may not be as amazing as current high-end smartphones, but it gets the job done very well.
More on battery life and other details will be coming in the full review. Meanwhile, you can see Roland’s very own article at MobileGeeks.de for more details.