Huawei Ascend Mate 7 review
Live life in a big way
The Huawei Ascend Mate 7 is a cracking smartphone for those who want a very large display and the premium build is a real head-turner. Find out more in this Huawei Ascend Mate 7 review.
Delivering one of the largest visual platforms in a smartphone, the Huawei Ascend Mate 7 has a 6” FHD In-cell display, which by design has great wide viewing angles. The first surprise is that in the hand, the Mate 7 doesn’t feel anywhere near as big as it should. This tardis-like effect has been achieved through using a tiny 2.9mm bezel on the sides of the display.
The display has a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which equates to 368 pixels per inch. The thin bezel around the screen gives an 83 percent screen-to-body ratio, so it really does look like all-screen from the front.
The Huawei Ascend Mate 7 has a premium aluminium body, can be purchased in either black or white and the phone is very thin at 7.9mm. Weighing 185 grams, Huawei has done a great job at keeping the weight down, on a device that is large by design.
A lag-free experience is delivered through a very powerful octa-core 1.8Ghz Kirin processor, which activates and close the cores as need for the ultimate blend of power and efficiency. The Mate 7 also has 2GB RAM and 16GB of internal memory for the user.
Phone Set Up
The most exciting part of the set up process, for those who haven’t used one before, is the fingerprint sensor. Placed on the back for natural activation with the index finger, the sensor reads prints through a full 360 degrees.
The fingerprint sensor on the Huawei Ascend Mate 7 can be used to awake and unlock the phone in one move and the fingerprint data is encrypted so no-one can access your files. Similar protection can be set up for apps with sensitive data, which can be locked and opened with a fingerprint.
A visitor mode can be set up for other users of the phone and the data and apps that they have access to can be defined. The set up after this continues with choosing or creating a theme and selecting a background image. Here it is possible to select Huawei lock-screen magazine-quality images, which change every time the phone is unlocked.
The Huawei EMUI 3.0 user interface is a pleasure to use and all will appreciate the sleek look and lack of bloatware. There are however all the essential apps included, such as the Huawei Music app for organising play lists or random track playback. Some of the apps, such as the calendar app, are orientation aware, so when they are tilted into landscape mode, more information is visible on the screen.
The underlying operating system is Android v4.4 and this brings with it the most popular Google apps including Maps, Voice Search, YouTube and Gmail. The Play Store can be visited for downloading new apps and content.
Camera & Video
The 13MP camera performs well and uses Sony’s 4th generation sensor, which is exceptional for low-light photography. There are the usual filters for creative types as well as panorama and beauty mode.
The 5MP selfie camera also performs very well and can be used for making video calls. The 1.2-second Ultra Snapshot feature ensures that spontaneous moments aren’t missed and the main camera can record video at a quality of 1080p, which quite sensibly is the same resolution of the display.
While not making any sort of visual impact on the design, the 4,100mAh battery is a true monster, with a massive capacity that you will not find on a Samsung or Apple smartphone. To offer the best experience over the longest amount of time, the Power Saving System shuts down battery draining features as the battery loses power. This gets the most out of the last 10 percent of power, ensuring you stay connected when you need it the most.
The Huawei Ascend Mate 7 can be run in Ultra, Smart or Normal modes and these are aided by a Network Power Saving mode that is optimised to give 30 percent more time when browsing the internet over 4G.
Huawei Ascend Mate 7 verdict: This smartphone, or more correctly phablet, is a great device and it cannot be overstated that in the flesh, this smartphone has a very attractive design. Everything works as it should so there really shouldn’t be anything to hold back prospective consumers.
Written by: Michael Brown