Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Huawei Ascend P7

Huawei Ascend P7

Huawei are still only a relatively small player in the world mobile market, for a variety of reasons.. but they have been producing interesting devices for some time now and the Huawei Ascend P7 is their new flagship device that promises to bring a bit more competition to the high-end market.

The Ascend P7 competes directly with the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the HTC One M8. It sports a relatively large 5" 1080 x 1920 pixel full HD display, it comes with a 1.8GHz quad-core Cortex A9 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of onboard storage plus a microSD slot, a 13 megapixel primary camera and an 8 megapixel secondary one (optimised for taking selfies), and the Ascend P7 supports LTE high-speed data and has NFC connectivity.

This is a very slim device, coming in at a mere 6.5mm thick, and it weighs only 124 grams which is 36 grams lighter than the HTC and 21 grams lighter than the Samsung. Part of the reason will be the 2500 mAh battery which is a bit less than that in the One M8 (2600 mAh) or Galaxy S5 (2800 mAh), and also the Ascend P7 has a simpler but still elegant physical design.

   Huawei Ascend P7  This is an Android 4.4 device with all the usual features that you would expect from a high-end smartphone, plus the useful addition of an FM radio. But with a recommended retail price of just €449, the Huawei is significantly a cheaper phone than the Samsung and HTC devices which retail for around €600.

So, at first glance the Huawei Ascend P7 seems to offer terrific value for money, but perhaps the sticking point is the processor. Both the Samsung and HTC devices (and many others on the market) have much faster CPUs, and from the looks of various benchmarks we have seen the P7 performs more like a 2013 device than a 2014 one.. that having been said it will still be faster than the phones that most people will be upgrading from.

Huawei say that the Ascend P7 will be widely available in Europe, the Middle East and some South-East Asian markets from May onwards with other markets to follow. Whether or not the P7 will be the breakthrough device that they are looking for remains to be seen, but this clearly is their best chance ever at becoming a serious contender on the world stage.

Huawei Ascend P7  
May 2014
GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
UMTS 850 / 900 /1900 / 2100
LTE 800 / 900 / 1800 / 2100 / 2600
+LTE + WiFi
5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
13 megapixels (main)
8 megapixels (sub)
Large smartphone
140 x 69 x 6.5mm / 124 grams
Yes (4.0)
Internal memory:
Memory card:
1.8GHz quad-core
Yes (plus GLONASS)
Android 4.4
Battery life:
14 hours talk / 17 days standby (3G)
2500 mAh cell

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