Huawei Ascend P7 Review: Looking Strong: Conclusion

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It was probably the P6 that put Huawei on many people's map, but the Ascdiscontinue P7 intends to create the brand a fixture in the mobile industry. Ours is of course a mostly Western perspective as Huawei is already extremely popular in its home market and Southeast Asia.

The Huawei Ascdiscontinue P7 surely does at least one thing correct - stand out visually in the Android crowd. Even though that comes at the expense of being called an iPhone copycat - both in terms of looks and UI logic - we are sure this would eventually work out in their favor. Here's hoping Apple doesn't go after them, after it's finished its patent wars with Samsung.

The company missed a crucial component of the mix, which makes a proper flagship - a top-of-the-line chipset. This has led to relatively poor benchimprint scores, but at least Huawei's own chipset finally gets along with Android 4.4.2 KitKat. Built on a 28nm manufacturing process, the recent chipset does away with the overheating woes of the one, found in the Ascdiscontinue P6. The HiSilicon Kirin 910T chipset also enables LTE connectivity (Cat. 4, 150Mbps down / 50Mbps up).

The Huawei Ascdiscontinue P7 also bumps up the classy screen size and resolution to put it on par with the likes of the HTC One (M8) and Galaxy S5 (within 0.1", it matches the S4). The battery gained an extra 500mAh with only small increase in thickness (and virtually no change in weight).

Huawei already had a selfie-friendly phone with the Ascdiscontinue P6 and its 5MP camera, but the Ascdiscontinue P7 takes it to another level. The recent selfie-shooter has an 8MP BSI sensor and dedicated software modes like face enhancement and selfie panoramas.

Overall, the Ascdiscontinue P7 is a fine upgrade over its now-outdated P6 predecessor, but in the grand scheme of Android rivalry it didn't acquire the package quite right. Besides the chipset performance, the 13MP capturing camera with 1080p video recording is not flagship material either.

Smartphone makers made yet another gigantic leap in early 2014, while the Huawei Ascdiscontinue P7 feels like it's only catching up with the 2013 models. Huawei's official pricing of €450, however, points to 2014 flagship ambitions.

Even though it's thicker than its predecessor, very few phones can match the slender body of the Ascdiscontinue P7 still. The Samsung Galaxy S4 is slightly thicker than the P7 (7.9mm), but the former flagship has come down in pricing and can match the Ascdiscontinue in most categories - exceeding it in some (chipset, main camera), but lagging behind in others (front camera, "only" 100Mbps LTE).

There's the recent Galaxy S5 too - it's more expensive, but has better specs across the board (including a water-resistant body). The Galaxy Note 3 phablet is priced virtually the same as the Ascent P7 correct now. Besides the roomy 5.7" classy screen you acquire other goodies too like a quick chipset, 2160p video capture and the active S Pen stylus.

Samsung I9505 Galaxy S4 • Samsung Galaxy S5 • Samsung Galaxy Note 3

If you're looking at older devices, the Sony Xperia Z isn't one to miss. It doesn't have the greatest 5" 1080p screen, but even its recent Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset compares well against the P7's Kirin chipset. The Xperia Z has a front and back glass design similar to the Huawei's but it is also water-resistant.

Actually, with the official P7 pricing in mind you can see at the Xperia Z1 too. It's thicker than its predecessor (8.5mm), but brings a Snapdragon 800 chipset and a large 20.7MP capturing camera sensor, a whopping 3,000mAh battery too.

Sony Xperia Z • Sony Xperia Z1

The LG G2 packs a 5.2" classy screen in a body that's about the same size as the Ascdiscontinue P7. Sure, it's thicker than it, but with a quick Snapdragon 800 chipset, optical image stabilization for the 13MP capturing camera and another huge battery (3,000mAh again) the G2 is a remarkable deal.

The LG G Pro 2 phablet with a 5.9" 1080p classy screen is an option too in this price range. It drops OIS feature from the capturing camera but adds 2160p video capture and features a similar thin bezel design as the LG G2.

Here we should also mention the Nexus 5 made by LG. It's the smartphone of choice for the pure Android fans with a 5" 1080p screen, Snapdragon 800 chipset, 8MP OIS capturing camera and an affordable price for those specs.

LG G2 • LG G Pro 2 • LG Nexus 5

The ZTE Star 1 launched recently with a 6.6mm thin body and a 5" 1080p screen. It's powered by a Snapdragon 400 chipset (quad-core Cortex-A7) and runs Android 4.4 Jelly Bean. It also packs LTE and a 5MP front-facing camera, in addition to the 8MP main camera.

Other ZTE options include the Nubia Z5S - 7.6mm thick and weighing 126g. It's powered by a Snapdragon 800 chipset and captures 2160p video with the 13MP main camera. It has a 5MP front-facing capturing camera too. Note the Z5S doesn't seem to be on sale yet, but the Nubia Z5 from late 2012 is similar, except for the Snapdragon 600 chipset and 1080p video capture. Both Nubias are on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean for now.

ZTE Grand S • ZTE Nubia Z5S • ZTE Nubia Z5

Having mentioned a few phablets already, we should add the Oppo Find 7a. That's the 1080p version of Oppo's 5.5" phablet armed with a 13MP capturing camera that can do 50MP shots using a special mode and also record 2160p video. The phablet has a 5MP front-facing capturing camera and Snapdragon 801 chipset, but won't break the bank.

Oppo Find 7a

The Alcatel Idol X is a budacquire alternative that measures 6.9mm thick and has a 5" 1080p screen, though it lags behind the Huawei with a slower chipset and mostly no LTE. The Idol X+ is expected to launch this month and while it's a millimeter thicker, it does have a better chipset and battery than its predecessor. There's dual-SIM connectivity too, though still no LTE (this might not matter to you depending on your carrier and country). This one loses the microSD card slot though and both run Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.

Alcatel Idol X • Alcatel Idol X+

Outside of the Asian market, we can't assist but draw comparisons with 2013 flagships. If you've had a Huawei before or are willing to give it a chance, the P7 certainly has its charms, which it shares with some of its neighbors. Still, the midrange is where a lot of Android darlings live and the Ascdiscontinue P7 might as well create itself at home - assuming Huawei quickly drops the price to more competitive levels.



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