Huawei Ascend Mate7 Review: Stargazer: Image Gallery, Music And Video Players, FM Radio, Audio Quality

By 07:01 Sun, 15 Aug 2021 Comments

Updated image gallery

The Ascdiscontinue Mate7's gallery app has been updated with a recent Timeline view, which sorts your images by the date you've taken them. It defaults to the Timeline view, but you can opt for the standard Album view with all of your images sorted in different albums.

Opening a single image lets you quickly delete or rotate it, as well as gives you some basic sharing options (including streaming it over DLNA).

The Gallery app • Viewing an image

You can also go into a more capable editor with options for light and exposure adjustments (so you can bring out the shadows or the highlights), filters and beauty enhancements (which detects faces automatically).

The image editor is quite capable

Video player

When it came to playing videos, the Huawei Ascdiscontinue Mate7 default player does a fine job supporting every common video codec, but unfortunately it lacks support for AC3 audio.

We couldn't find a way to load subtitles, but Dolby Mobile enhancement is supported.

The video player offers poor subtitle support

Music player with Dolby Mobile

The Huawei Ascdiscontinue Mate7 comes with Huawei's custom music player app. It offers four default playlists - songs, artists, albums, folders. You can create your own playlists, too.

The Now Playing classy screen is pretty standard, it offers album art and lyrics. You can toggle Dolby Mobile by tapping the icon on the top left, but there are no additional equalizer presets or custom equalizer settings.

The Music player

Frequency Modulation (FM) radio

The Huawei Ascdiscontinue Mate7 has a built-in Frequency Modulation (FM) receiver. It can play through the headset or the loudspeaker, but you'll need to have the headset plugged in as it serves as an antenna. We were disappointed not to find RDS support - you'll have to name your radio stations by hand.

The Frequency Modulation (FM) Radio also has a notification area shortcut

Audio output is excellently clean but quiet

The Huawei Ascdiscontinue Mate7 did excellently in the active external audio test, posting remarkable scores and showing no weaknesses to its performance. The only thing to potentially frown at is its sub-par volume, but quality-wise it's correct up with there with the best.

Impressively enough, plugging in a pair of headphones causes a very minor increase in stereo crosstalk - in this scenario the Ascdiscontinue Mate7 ranks even better compared to the competition, which often see more degradation. Alas, the volume is below average here too, so we can't really say it's the best phablet for audio playback, but we can certainly promise you it will play every track the way its authors meant it to sound.

And here go the results so you can see for yourselves.

TestFrequency responseNoise levelDynamic

rangeTHDIMD + NoiseStereo crosstalk

Huawei Ascdiscontinue Mate7+0.07, -0.01-


Huawei Ascdiscontinue Mate7 (headphones attached)+0.09, -0.03-91.591.40.034


Samsung Galaxy Note 4+0.01, -0.04-96.693.40.0015


Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (headphones attached)+0.03, -0.02-96.893.50.011


Apple iPhone 6 Plus+0.04, -0.04-

Apple iPhone 6 Plus (headphones attached)+0.10, -0.04-

HTC One Max+0.14, -0.14-93.893.80.0009


HTC One Max (headphones attached)+0.26, -0.02-93.693.60.026


LG G Pro 2+0.02, -0.23-93.894.20.0040


LG G Pro 2 (headphones attached)+0.07, -0.02-93.793.40.050


Huawei Ascdiscontinue Mate7 frequency response

You can learn more about the tested parameters and the whole testing process here.



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