- Tim Schiesser , TechSpot
Its aluminium build is excellent from both an ergonomic and visual perspective, giving this high-end smartphone the premium feel it deserves.
- Andrew Hoyle , Cnet
Although it's let down by its awkward software, the excellent battery life and big, bright screen help make the Huawei Ascend Mate 7 a decent choice for those of you looking for movies and games on the go.
- Great battery life
- Display has excellent contrast and viewing angles
- Smooth performance during basic and heavy tasks
- Might be too large for some consumers
- Confusing UI
- Suffers from bloatware
The phablet market is quickly becoming the preferred design of most phone manufacturers and Huawei is adding yet another one to the mix with the release of the Ascend Mate 7. In order to compete with the top three smartphone manufacturers, Huawei has taken steps throughout the years to improve their phone design and that trend continues with the Mate 7. Experts consider it to be the best built and designed smartphone in the Huawei lineup to date. The chassis is made almost entirely of aluminum save for the plastic covers at the top and bottom of the device. Despite its large size – 6.2 inches tall and 3.2 inches wide – critics found it fairly comfortable to hold thanks to the curved back and matte metal.
Thanks to the slim bezels, the 6-inch, 1080 display takes up a majority of the face of the phone. The full HD resolution offers a pixel density of 367ppi, which is higher than the iPhone 6. As expected, it provided reviewers with crisp icons, clear images and sharp text. Besides this, the Mate 7 also comes with IPS-Neo technology, which is advertised as having better viewing angles and contrast than its competitors. Hands-on testing confirm this claim as experts were wowed by the viewing angles and deep blacks with Anand Tech adding, "…this is one of the deepest blacks I've come to meet in a device."
It isn't just the display that is powerful and large. The Mate 7 comes equipped with an octa-core processor made up of 4 x 1.8GHz and 4 x 1.3GHz cores and 2GB of RAM. This provides it with plenty of power but only when it's needed. In essence, during more basic tasks it will only access the 1.3GHz quad-core processor and then kick in the faster ones once tasks require more power. While it might not have scored high in certain benchmark tests, reviewers did not experience any lag, crashes or stutters during their hands-on testing regardless of what tasks they were performing. To offset the 8 processors and HD display, Huawei has included a 4,000mAh battery. Battery draining tests clock it in at around 17 hours with real life tests backing this claim. On average, critics were able to get 2 days of battery life of moderate usage.
As an Android device, the Huawei does run Android OS; however Huawei has customized it so much that experts found in practically unrecognizable and not necessarily for the better. Many found the interface to be clunky with many unnecessary features, otherwise known as bloatware. Still, the phone comes with up to 32GB of internal memory so consumers still have plenty of space to download apps they want.
Stuck to the back is a 13MP camera. While experts would not name it a class leader, it performed well in almost every area. Experts were able to take images with crisp details, bright and accurate colors and even saturation even in lower light settings. As well, they add that it is quick to focus and take pictures so they never worried about missing a great a shot. The camera comes with various features such as HDR mode, panorama and various filters like vintage and "nostalgia" to give your photos more character.
For the Mate 7, its biggest issue is its large size, but critics were able to overlook this due to its excellent overall performance. Pocket Lint states, "…the Mate 7 is a contender for best on the market, no doubt about it." CNET adds, "…It's a well-crafted handset and doesn't at all invoke the Chinese knockoff image that many might associate with the brand."
Reviews (8.3/10 Avg. rating)
An impressive metal phablet
Huawei Ascend Mate7 is the first phablet launched by the Chinese company, and the good/bad features ratio is definitely in favor of the former. Not many would have thought that Huawei could make a good-looking smartphone with a high quality build, which proves that the handset maker is now ready to compete with other major brands in the high tier.
It's also worth mentioning that some of the strong points of the Ascend Mate7 are entirely developed by Huawei, such as the proprietary Emotion 3.0 UI and HiSilicon Kirin 920 chipset. I can only hope that Huawei will be able to do bette... Full review
A winning combo at a fair price
Sitting around the same cost as other large form factor devices like the Galaxy Note 3, it’s hard to say whether or not this device is worth buying right now. It’s certainly better-built than the Note 3, though software is subjective and the multi-tasking capabilities included with Samsung’s offering is hard to beat. The Mate 7 is significantly cheaper than the Galaxy Note 4 announced at the same time however, along with other top-tier phablets like the Nexus 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, and packs similarly powerful specs and a battery that even the toughest competitors have a har... Full review
It’s a reasonable high end contender with a massive screen that presents decent value to anyone who buys it
When I received the Ascend Mate 7 on my doorstep a few weeks ago, I didn’t really know what to expect from the Chinese OEM that has been long associated with budget handsets. A few weeks later, using the Mate 7 as my daily driver, I've actually come to quite like it.
It’s certainly not a perfect flagship device. The camera, for example, is a serious letdown. Photos don’t look that great, and the limited focus range of the lens completely restricts you from taking macro shots. For a 13-megapixel Exmor RS sensor, I was expecting a bit more quality in this class of... Full review
Superb design and build-quality, system is very fluid
Has the capabilities to be a great handset in any market
Great industrial design, fast and reliable performance
With no option of subsidized rates available, the Huawei Ascend Mate 7 features an expected price tag of around $700, when imported from markets that the device is currently available in. North American users will have to wait for their official release, but Huawei has expressed a strong desire to move into more Western markets.
So, there you have it – the Huawei Ascend Mate 7! This is the biggest offering from Huawei in more ways than one. After some really solid mid-range offerings, we’re happy to see Huawei succeed in the flagship space, showing off how they do fin... Full review
Elegant and swift
The elegant and solid casing of the Ascend Mate 7 does not need to fear comparison with contenders from Apple. The screen-to-body ratio should even be superior to the iPhone 6 Plus (although it is thinner). The fingerprint sensor can be listed as a striking feature. GPS is available everywhere, but rarely with such a good reception performance. Objectively, our Huawei Ascend is technically almost equal to and otherwise fully on par with the Apple rivals, but the iPhone 6 Plus with the same storage capacity costs 60% more. However, experience shows that regular Apple customers will not be op... Full review
Impressive and solid aluminum unibody, super thin screen bezels
The Ascend Mate7 is probably a logical next step for Huawei after a couple of solid midrange attempts in the same genre. The Mate7 will mix with the big boys in a niche, which has only been getting busier and has a prominent newcomer this season.
The premium looks of the Huawei phablet will get enough attention and the build quality will live up to the resulting expectations. That's one important box duly checked. Huawei even probably over-delivered here, considering theirs is a much bigger screen - and battery - in the same space as the iPhone 6 Plus. The Note 4 goes there too.<... Full review
Good performance and solid design at a decent value
The Huawei Ascend Mate 7 is one of the first phones we’ve tested that justifies having a giant 6-inch screen. It’s not that the software offers extra functionality to make those extra inches work – it’s not Galaxy Note 4-grade in that regard.
Rather, the screen is high-quality enough to seem better all-round than the 5-inch screens of more expensive phones, and the body isn’t so big and awkward it feels like wielding a chopping board as a phone.
You still need to consider whether you’ll appreciate the larger screen size over a sma... Full review
A huge metal phone with the battery life to match
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