The Huawei Ascend P7 has been officially announced and if you are looking for a new smartphone in June then this really is a prospect you should consider.
Throughout this review of the Huawei Ascend P7 and comparison with the Ascend P6 and other top-branded phones, I will unashamedly be placing lots of images of the Huawei Ascend P7 as it is without doubt one of the best looking phones released this year.
Be warned: I firmly believe that once you have read this article about the Ascend P7 with it’s 650+ enhancements over the Ascend P6 that you will be counting down the days until you can get your hands on one!
The 8 megapixel forward facing camera sets a new standard for video calling and of course taking a selfie.
The 5-piece aspherical lens incorporates a blue glass infrared sensor to enhance clarity and avoid problems such as purple fringing and object deformation.
The selfie experience has further been enhanced with a Panoramic Selfie feature that will let you capture more of the moment.
How does the video/selfie camera compare?
1st - Huawei Ascend P7: 8MP
2nd - HTC One M8: 5MP
3rd - Sony Xperia Z2: 2.2MP
4th - Samsung Galaxy S5: 2MP
5th - Apple iPhone 5s: 1.2MP
The main 13 megapixel camera uses a photosensitive ISP lens and Sony’s 4th generation BSI sensor that was originally created for use in high-performance digital cameras. This sensor delivers unparalleled colour rich results at night or indoors.
Images captured can processed via the photo-editing suite before sharing across your social networks. Audio tagging, colour-effect filters and even watermarks may be added.
High definition 1080p video recording is also offered along with 720p playback on the Ascend P7 itself.
A 7-layer surface treatment to the sleek glass back has been applied using a micro-pattern design that has never before been seen on a smartphone. This process delivers increased transparency and a textured finish that once again takes smartphones into a new level of craftmanship.
The power key has been indented to increase the comfort when used with one hand and this has been moved to the center of the chassis to make viewing and navigation easier.
The beautiful design is accented with curves that have been inspired by nature and in particular that of a drop of water spreading on a glass surface.
This time around the unibody is 6.5mm thick and whilst this is 0.3mm thicker than the Ascend P6 it is for example 1.5mm thinner than the body of the Samsung Galaxy S5 and 1.1mm thinner than the Apple iPhone 5s.
Putting the power in your hands is Huawei’s phone management system that allows you to check and adjust essential elements.
From here you may adjust your start-up screen, free up space with the storage cleaner, set harassment filters, disable notifications and scan for problems.
This smartphone also intelligently switches between 4G and 3G for internet browsing and has two separate antennas, one at the top and one at the bottom, to ensure a better signal and reception in areas where other phones struggle.
The latest Google OS is onboard (Android v4.4 KitKat) and the 4.7-inch screen of the P6 has been updated on the Ascend P7 to a 5-inch HD LCD display with 445 pixels per inch, which just exceeds the ppi of the other phones mentioned in this comparison article.
A 1.8GHz quad-core processor with 2GB RAM replaces the P6’s 1.5GHz processor and the internal 16GB memory can be bolstered when needed via a MicroSD card slot, something which is missing on Apple phones.
Ultra Power Saving Mode can be initiated when the 2500mAh battery begins to run out and this extremely clever feature shuts down all power draining functions leaving calling and texting active. With just 10% remaining battery, turning on this mode will deliver up to 24 hours of extra standby time.
Alternatively you can leave Normal Battery Mode and use Smart Power Saving Mode which automatically adjusts the power usage of the phone as the battery charge is used to significantly increase the standby time.
A Thermal Gel Cooling System has replaced a conventional cooling system and this keeps the Ascend P7’s CPU cooler, which in turn cuts back on power loss as well as keeping this smartphone cool in the hand.
The expected launch of the Huawei Ascend P7 is June 7th so you do not need to wait long to get your hands on this exceptional smartphone.
SIM free the Ascend P7 is expected to cost £370 / $625 and whilst I wouldn't expect to see this phone appear in our 'Mobile phones deals for less than £10 per month' article I would expect this phone to undercut the Samsung Galaxy S5, HTC One M8 and Apple iPhone 5s making it an extremely attractive offer.
Written by: Michael Brown