Huawei are well known for their budget line phones but of late they have been trying to introduce some much need class to bring them on par with more premium devices. The top of the range is the Ascend Mate 7 and while the Honor 6 is technically a much higher spec than this Huawei Ascend G7 it is marketed almost as its own brand.
So in relation to the G7 it is second in line of the standard Huawei lineup and is much more mid-range than the Honor 6 or Mate 7. The Ascend G7 is still a great looking phone however and has internals more than capable of keeping up with the big boys.
For Ireland specifically this will be the top Huawei phone that we have seen thus far and despite the fact its more mid-range this will not hamper your enjoyment.
5.5 inch INCELL touch-sensitive screen
HD 1280 x 720 resolution
Quad ARM Cortex A53-1.2 GHz (Snapdragon 410)
Android™ 4.4/ Huawei Emotion UI 3.0
RAM : 2 GB
ROM : 16 GB – Micro SD up to 32GB
In addition to these decent specifications it comes in a slim 7.6mm body and features a 4th generation Sony senor with 13MP all powered by a 3000mAh battery. Size may be a factor here for some with the G7 sporting a large 5.5″ display, but for many this size phone is now common place. One other factor to consider with the design is the weight, the Ascend G7 is not a light phone and you can notice its 165 grams when you first pick it up.
These two small points aside the G7 is very nice to look at, especially in our White and Silver version. On the front of the device you have an ear piece up top flanked by the front facing 5MP camera and an ambient light sensor while on the bottom bezel there is nothing. The bezels themselves are not overly large but do have a dotted pattern on them which I am not entirely sure of for my tastes.
On the rear of the G7 is the 13MP sensor, noise cancellation microphone and single LED flash, to the bottom right is the sole speaker. The controls such as the volume rocker and power button are thankfully both on the right and are finished in premium aluminium. Also found on this side is the Micro SIM and microSD ports, neatly accessed by a sim key. Top of the G7 you will find the 3.5mm jack and on the bottom the microUSB port and the microphone.
The Huawei Ascend G7 runs Android 4.4.2 out of the box but will eventually get the Lollipop upgrade at some point from Huawei. The process is slower due to Huawei and other manufactures using their own custom UI. In the G7’s case it runs Huawei’s Emotion 3.0 UI which is the very same as you will find on Huawei’s Ascend Mate 7 and Honor 6. Emotion 3.0 removes the now well known ‘App Tray’ and instead offers all your apps and games to you on your home-screen. Many people will not like this if they are used to a more stock Android UI or even Samsung devices as your home-screen(s) will become very messy unless you manually make folders.
The Huawei Ascend G7 is running a Snapdragon 410 processor with 4 cores and 2GB of RAM which will see it zipping along nicely albeit not quite at the pace of it’s bigger brothers noted above. For the most part you will not notice any slow down or stutters but if you are coming from a device with 3GB of RAM then you will notice it is just fraction slower. Games all run brilliant and big graphic games such as Real Racing 3 has now issues and thanks to the great screen looks crisp and clear.
The Emotion 3.0 UI also has some nice features when it comes to the gallery, at any point you can just pull down with your finger from the top of the screen which when then open the camera in split screen format along with the gallery. A nice small little detail that just allows you to jump back to the camera quickly.
Camera, Battery, Connectivity
The 5MP front facing camera will no doubt keep the selfie lovers happy offering more detail than the now old hat 2MP offers from 2013 and early 2014. But the real show is the 13MP camera on the rear, the camera app itself has been given some nice aesthetic looks with dark transparent menus. While not packed full of features there is enough for most but I would have liked to see some more shooting modes. The camera itself is a Sony 4th Generation 5 lens setup which captures some nice images. As with many of these off the shelf Sony lens you can’t get 16:9 format using the full 13MP, you will need to drop it down to 12MP’s for this.
Video can be shot at 30fps in 1080P and comes out well, however audio capture could be a little better.
Huawei know phone networks like the back of their hand and with the dual antennas and smart-switching technology on the G7 you can rest assured that your signal will be as strong as possible. The G7 has 4G on board along with Wifi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.0, A2DP, LE, A-GPS with GLONASS and NFC.
Despite the G7’s slim body and thanks to its large size Huawei have thankfully wedged in a 3000mAh battery which will see you to about 1.5 days of moderate use which is very good and they even quote 600 hours standby time.
The Huawei Ascend G7 offers a lot of features and a rock solid hardware experience for a SIM free price of €259 from Expansys.ie or on bill pay from Meteor, eMobile and Carfone Warehouse from €29 and on Three and Tesco Mobile from 1st March. The Huawei Ascend G7 is a great phone for anyone who wants good performance, a small price and a premium finish.