Huawei Ascend P7 is an interesting smartphone which met all the criteria to get a quick review.
Ascend P7’s line seems to remain unchanged, but small details show that we are talking about a brand new model. Acend P6 was a stylish smartphone but Huawei Ascend P7 and takes this further – we are dealing with a glass-enclosed unibody which is elegant, discreet and well proportioned.
The sides are made of aluminium, the right side being the most useful. Here we find the volume +/- button, Power / Standby, and slots for micro SIM and microSD card. The lower part holds the micro USB connector while the upper side is equipped with an audio jack and a secondary microphone.
The display features a 5 ” IPS panel with a resolution of 1920 × 1080 which offers good viewing angles and good color reproduction. As in almost all smartphones released this year, screen protection is provided by Gorilla Glass 3.
As for brightness, Ascend P7 sits quite well with one of the brightest displays measured by us to this day.Unfortunately, the black level is mediocre (0.5 cd / m2) and therefore, the contrast is medium (somewhere around 1000: 1).
These two minuses placed it under other similar smartphones like Samsung or Sony (Xperia).
Hardware and Performance
The Huawei team continues the tradition of using in-house developed chipsets; in this case we are talking about a HiSilicon Kirin 910T, which consists of a Cortex A9 quad-core processor tuned at 1.8GHz and a Mali-450MP4 graphics chipset.
The package is complemented by 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage memory and support for microSD cards up to 64GB. Until this moment P7 has all the top smartphone specifications for the past year and a half, right?
Well, this feeling persists when we see the 13MP main camera (1080p @ 30fps) and 8MP front camera (1080p @ 30fps) and 2500 mAh battery.
There is however a difference – Huawei Ascend P7 runs on Android 4.4.2 Kit Kat with Emotion UI 2.3.
But how powerful is Huawei Ascend P7 really? After testing it with benchmark software for Android we obtained the results below average compared to other popular smartphones.
In Quadrant, Ascend P7 scored 7346, a great deal below Samsung Galaxy S4 (which scored 13090) and almost equal to the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini (which scored 7268).
In BenchmarkPi we get similar results which place Ascend P7 near Sony Xperia Z or Galaxy SIII with a score of 270 points. Mediocre results were obtained in other applications such as NenaMark 2.2 or Geekbench.
Huawei Ascend P7 looks like a high-end gadget and a year and a half ago would have behaved as one, obtaining better results than the Galaxy Note 2 or Nexus 4. As it is, Huawei Ascend P7 gets a middle position in the smartphone rankings from recent years, behaving well in both tests and daily usage.
Photo and video cameras
The camera takes and records high quality images and respectively clips, therefore you can use Ascend P7 without problems in order to capture important moments. However, small details such as high contrast or backlit frame negotiation shows that this model does not excel in this chapter and is easily surpassed by its direct competitors.
The camera menu is simple, intuitive and contains all the settings we need. The already classic shooting modes (HDR, Panorama, etc.) are complemented by interesting functions such as motion tracking, both for camera and for camcorder, or smiles capture. Overall Ascend P7 has a simple to use as a camera / video, as it should be with any device with Android.
Software and applications
Emotion UI has reached its 2.3 version and can be a breath of fresh air if you’ve used TouchWiz or Sense until now.
We say this because the emphasis is on simplicity – we do not get a separate section for applications; they can be found directly on the main screen; the drop-down menu for quick setup contains all shortcuts we need (and can be customized of course).
Battery and autonomy
We tested Huawei Ascend’s battery with the aid of synthetic tests as well as in practice.
The first scenario we tested was the one in which the device is used for normal usage: listening to music, watching YouTube videos, playing games, browsing the internet for a long time, using social media apps (like G+ or Facebook) and last but not least using the photo/video camera and doing it with the maximum level of brightness.
Although this scenario has a zero chance of repeatability, it is still relevant to a tablet user because every individual buys their gadget for daily usage and not to run synthetic battery tests.
The software could be improved in order to obtain something a more consistent autonomy for a battery of 2500 mAh. For normal use one can get up to 28 hours of autonomy, yet when watching videos or playing the autonomy falls somewhere to 5 hours of use.
Huawei Ascend P7 successfully continues the product line which was defined with the launch of the P6 – the design was improved and the camera as well; overall the performance increased, even if not by much.
The only weakness P7 has is its slightly less autonomy compared to its predecessor but this can be attributed to the bright 5” display.
Overall, those who are looking for a stylish smartphone with a 5 “full HD display would do well to go into a store and test Ascend P7 for themselves before deciding on a purchase.
The phone does not stand out by scoring incredibly high in benchmarks, but the user experience is a pleasant one and the design is definitely its strong point.
The price for which it can be purchased is definitely interesting if we refer to other models and it is probably one of the most elegant smartphones nowadays.