Huawei Ascend Mate 7

8.3/10 AVG.
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Specs summary

Screen
6"

The Huawei Ascend Mate 7's screen is 6 inches with 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.8GHz

There is a Hisilicon Kirin 925 Octa core 1.8 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 4.4 KitKat operating system (OS).

Camera
13+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 13+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 5+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
16/32 GB

Internal memory is 16/32 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
4100mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 4100 mAh battery. Huawei's performance ratings are 1206 minutes (3G), 833 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.



Its aluminium build is excellent from both an ergonomic and visual perspective, giving this high-end smartphone the premium feel it deserves.

- Tim Schiesser , TechSpot 

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.

- Andrew Hoyle , Cnet 

Reviews summary

8.3/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 15 reviews

What's good  

  • Great battery life
  • Display has excellent contrast and viewing angles
  • Smooth performance during basic and heavy tasks

What's bad  

  • 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."

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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)


Softpedia

An impressive metal phablet

from Softpedia

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

Pocketnow

A winning combo at a fair price

from Pocketnow

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

TechSpot

It’s a reasonable high end contender with a massive screen that presents decent value to anyone who buys it

from TechSpot

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

Digital Versus

Superb design and build-quality, system is very fluid

from Digital Versus
Huawei gets better with each model, but the Mate 7 is verging on perfection. We might bemoan the battery life—the immense capacity led us to hope for much better—but it still lasts a perfectly acceptable amount of time. As for the rest, the build-quality is excellent, responsiveness exemplary, and the fingerprint scanner is incredibly accurate. We didn't expect such impressive performance from a Huawei phablet!.. Full review
Fone Arena

Has the capabilities to be a great handset in any market

from Fone Arena
The Ascend Mate 7 is not only a decent rival to these flagships but also packs a lesser price tag which increases its appeal; whether it’s a success or not is still to be seen but one thing’s clear – Huawei aren’t going anywhere and 2015 could be their greatest year yet... Full review
Android Authority

Great industrial design, fast and reliable performance

from Android Authority

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

Notebookcheck

Elegant and swift

from Notebookcheck

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

GSMArena

Impressive and solid aluminum unibody, super thin screen bezels

from GSMArena

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

TrustedReviews

Good performance and solid design at a decent value

from TrustedReviews

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

Cnet

A huge metal phone with the battery life to match

from Cnet
The Huawei Ascend Mate 7 has plenty to brag about. Its vast screen is sharp, bright and bold, making it brilliant for movies on the go, while its octa-core processor provides oodles of power. The real cherry on top, however, is the capacious battery, which will easily last a day, if not quite a bit longer. Its size certainly won't appeal to everyone, though, and Huawei's software is still mostly a confusing mess that needs to be removed. Even so, the Mate 7 has plenty going for it and with a reasonable price tag attached too, it's definitely worth a look... Full review

Superb Design

This smartphone is very attractive and sleek.Compare with Sony Xperia Z3 this phone has more and more features like fingerprint ID, etc.. The expandable 128GB external memory (using SD card) is more than sufficient to store lots of apps on the device. The performance of 13 MP camera is also very ex... More
This smartphone is very attractive and sleek.Compare with Sony Xperia Z3 this phone has more and more features like fingerprint ID, etc.. The expandable 128GB external memory (using SD card) is more than sufficient to store lots of apps on the device. The performance of 13 MP camera is also very excellent. Simply says Its a King of Smartphones. Less


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Full Specs

Overview
Release date December 31, 2014
Regions available United Kingdom, Asia, Europe, China
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1700/1900 /2100 MHz
LTE:
1700/1900/700/2100 /800/850/900/1800/2600 MHz
Data:
HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM Card Micro-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 4.4 KitKat

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Processor Hisilicon Kirin 925 Octa core 1.8 GHz
Internal Flash Memory
16 GB or 32 GB
RAM 2 GB
ROM No
GPS A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
FlightMode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Headset, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & Battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 4100 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time 844 minutes
Wi-Fi Surfing Time 833 minutes
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time Unknown
Talk Time Up to:
1206 minutes (3G)
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Aluminium
Colors Black, White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 15.7 x 8.1 x 0.8 cm
(6.2 x 3.2 x 0.3 in)
Weight 185 grams
(6.5 ounces)
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged Design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels
Pixel Density 368 pixels
Size 6 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical Keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad / Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browsing Type HTML, HTML 5
Browser Google Android
Javascript Yes
Flash No
Email Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging Services SMS, MMS, IM (Google Talk)
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, OPP/FTP
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Expansion Slots Yes
Expansion Slots Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV-out No
DLNA Support Yes
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera  
Aperture Unknown
Resolution 13+ megapixels
Dual Lens No
Zoom Yes
Flash Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Panorama, HDR
Video Recording Formats 3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels)
Front Camera  
Resolution 5+ megapixels
Zoom Yes
Additional Front Camera Info No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, AMR-WB, WMA, AMR-NB
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, ASF
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stopwatch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
Notepad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps No
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