Today at a press event in Paris, Huawei introduced its latest and greatest flagship Android device, the Ascend P7.
Huawei remains relatively little known outside Asia, despite a vigorous marketing campaign and the string of attractive Android devices the Chinese giant put out over the past two years. Still, the company is among the world’s biggest phone makers, and, wherever you happen to live in the world, there’s a good chance you’ll be able to buy a Huawei device.
The brand new Ascend P7 is largely an evolutionary update of last year’s Ascend P6, but that’s not a bad thing at all, especially since Huawei brought enough improvements to the table to make it worth upgrading.
Here’s what you need to know about the Ascend P7’s specs, features, and availability.
Huawei Ascend P7 specifications
Dimensions: 139.8mm x 68.8mm x 6.5mm (5.5 in x 2.7 in x 0.25 in); 124 grams
Display: 5-inch IPS LCD, 1920 x 1080, 445ppi
Processor: quad-core HiSilicon Kirin 910T 1.8 GHz
GPU: Mali450 GPU
MicroSD slot: yes, up to 32GB
Battery: 2,500 mAh built-in, 404 hours of standby time(4G)
Software features: Harassment filter, Permission manager, Do not disturb, Virus scanner, Network management, Power saving, Ad Finder.
Huawei Ascend P7 features
Keeping in line with the general trend in the high-end Android market, Huawei increased the size of its device compared to the 2013 P6. The display is now a Full HD 5-incher, and from our brief time with the phone, we can say it will meet the demands of all but the most pretentious users.
Even if it’s a smidge thicker than the 6.2 millimeters P6, the Ascend P7 is still incredibly thin at just 6.5 millimeters. It’s also a bit heavier now, but at 124 grams, nobody will complain about the heft of this phone. Thin as it is, the Ascend P7 feels sturdy in-hand, thanks to the metal band going around its edges. Overall, we see the same design Huawei popularized with the P6, which means smooth lines and pleasantly curved corners, even if it’s not the most original appearance out there.
Huawei also updated the processor, going for a quad-core SoC designed and manufactured in-house. We’ll have a thorough assessment of this 1.8GHz Kirin processor in our upcoming review, but it theory, it should handle everything without breaking a sweat.
At 2,500 mAh, battery life could be a little smaller compared to some competitors that feature battery capacities hovering around 3,000 mAh. Just like last year, Huawei sacrificed capacity for a thinner design, and it’s up to you to decide whether the tradeoff is worth it.
The camera’s a big deal on the new Ascends P7; you get a 13MP Sony Exmor sensor with a couple of neat software tricks up its sleeve, and a massive 8MP camera on the front, clearly designed to appeal to those inflicted by the selfie craze. Huawei talked something about taking “groufies” (yes, really), which are selfies taken with other people. Following the same principle, you can take “panoramic selfies,” which combine different backgrounds in one selfie pic.
There’s also the obligatory beautification mode, as well as voice activated shooting. This last feature seems very handy, and not only for selfies, as it works with both cameras. Another neat feature is the 1.2 seconds Ultra Snapshot mode, for those moments when you need to quickly capture a scene. Just push the volume down button twice while the phone is locked to launch the camera in Ultra Snapshot mode.
The operating system is Android 4.4, though Huawei’s modded it heavily, both in appearance and functionality. There’s a bevy of additional features to play with, that we’ll talk more about in our videos.
Huawei Ascend P7 image gallery
Huawei Ascend P7 price and availability
The Ascend P6, released in June 2013, was priced very attractively, so we expect to see the Ascend P7 follow in its tracks. We’ll update this post with official info on price and availability.
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