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Huawei Ascend P7 Mate Review | Black Hole Tec

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Huawei Ascend P7 Mate Review

Submitted by Brecht Theys on Mon, 03/09/2015 - 12:01

As soon as you google “Huawei”, a large number of both commercial and informative websites will pop up. The company, founded by Ren Zgengfei in 1987, has gone a long way from making phone switches. Now being the world’s largest player when it comes to telecommunication, even surpassing Ericsson back in 2012, they have a reputation to uphold. Huawei has already brought us amazing products for an affordable price, such as their amazing mobile router, which I absolutely adore, and of course their well-known, famous Ascend G6, which in my opinion, was a great smartphone for under 200 bucks. After all those previous successes you’d think they’d slow down, since they’re already rolling in $100 bills, but no. They improve their smartphones at such a fast rate that there is no competition for other smartphone producers.

But now, they’ve really done it…


September, last year, Huawei released an upgraded version of one of their last sale successes, namely the Ascend P7. The newer, ugraded version is called the “Ascend 7 Mate” and after reading many people’s opinions, I must say, it is truly loved by the Huawei community. And after thoroughly testing the machine, I must say, I can’t say otherwise.


When it comes to the design, Huawei seriously did an amazing job. The front case of the P7 Mate is made out of sturdy, durable, not-easily-scratched kind of plastic. There’s nearly no gap in between the screen and the outer casing, meaning it is not likely to collect tons of dust or tiny pieces of cloth and string. The front speaker slightly sticks out, which I think is a splendid feature, since a speaker, being positioned lower than the plastic casing itself tends to collect a lot of dust, and as previous owners of an Acer phone having the infamous “Acer Smile” might know, it is a pest to clean out. Going to the back of the casing, we can see it is completely made out of smooth aluminium, such as the aluminium used to make sturdy laptops and Apple keyboards. Personally I think this is one of the many  great features of the phablet, because as any person with a bit of common sense knows, plastic tends to break easier than aluminium.
At the back of the phone, we find the main camera, which is positioned in such a manner that when taking a picture, you won’t have the problem of your finger being the show stealer. Unless you’ve got unhumanly long and thick fingers of course. Right underneath the camera, you can find the fingerprint scanner. This scanner is unforgiving, nobody but you will have access to this phone. This is of course a great feature if you’re a highschool student with friends that constantly try to nick your phone, we’ve all been there.

Coming to the size of the phone, people often say that it is too big, at first, as a vivid 4.5 inch smartphone user, I though this was the case too, but once you get to know the feeling of holding this “monster” in one of your hands, there’s this little voice inside you telling you to ditch your old one and buy a 6.2 inch phone. The phone, only weighing 185 grams, or 6.5 ounces is truly a work of art when it comes to the design.

After reading up on the Huawei Ascend P7, I came across a ton of people saying that “the battery doesn’t last long enough to be used regularly”. Huawei of course listened tot their faithful clients and did something about this, they upgraded the battery from a 2500 mAh to a 4100 mAh battery, increasing it by a whopping 1600 mAh! The phone, on average now has a six hour on screen time, giving you enough power to check your Facebook or Twitter on a regular basis, or even use it for business purposes. If you find yourself being unable to spend less than 6 hours on your phone on a daily basis, you might have a problem, so if  that’s the case I suggest many hours of therapy.

With an upgraded battery comes much more room for expansions of course. So the first thing Huawei did, was add a new processor. The Huawei Ascend P7’s already decent Kirin 910T 1.8Ghz quad-core already had a lot of computation power, but seemed to be suffering from the lack of power somehow, making it unable to perform at full performance. Now, with the battery having been upgraded, Huawei added a new, power efficient, high-performance Kirin 925 octa-core processor. This “beast-like” processor makes it incredibily fast. Even though the Kirin 925 is power efficient and very fast, it still can’t compete against the Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, sorry Huawei.
But wait, there is more, Billy Mays said, may he rest in peace. The Huawei Ascend P7 Mate now has a Mali-T628 Graphics processor, or GPU for short. With the Mali-T628 installed, it can rapidly accelerate the creation of images on your phone, meaning less lag.

Compared to what I’ve seen of the P7, the colours now look more lively. Even though they’ve lowered the pixel density, the P7 Mate still has a 1080x1920p screen. So you won’t be having any problems watching your Youtube videos in HD.
The screen itself is made out of “Gorilla Glass 3”, gorilla glass has been around for some time now, and I must say, never have I seen a tougher kind of glass. The glass is nearly scratch resistant, only certain kinds of metal or rock can really damage it, so if you’re one of those people that tosses his or her phone around, this is the way to go.

One thing I’ve discovered about Huawei phones in the past, was that the touch-feature, which of course every touchscreen smartphone has, sometimes bugs out, making you able to swipe, but still able to tap the screen. But this was many years ago, Huawei has most certainly improved. The Ascend P7 Mate has absolutely no issues when it comes to touch at all. The response time is absolutely amazing, much better than many other phones of the same price range and it even performs well when having mutliple apps open at once. But that is to be expected of a 2 GB RAM phone.

With a good quality screen, good quality pictures to show your family and friend, while hoping they don’t swipe left or right, should come with it. With the Huawei Ascend P7 Mate, this is certainly the case. Yes, they have downgraded the front camera from 8 MP to 5, but that is just a minor change in my opinion. Okay, if you’re a fan of taking selfies, maybe a better front camera would be better, but I mean come on, giving up the amazing 13 MP rear camera for that? Who in his right mind would do this? Of course Huawei will never be able to compete with Apple’s amazing rear cameras, but with the fast shutter time and the ability to take pictures in a higher resolution, Although when switching to the HD option, the camera does seem to be having some focusing issues. But this phablet is great for taking pictures occasionally at weddings or other events. Your future brother or sister in law will certainly be stunned by the quality of that picture of him or her doing something shameful at the wedding. And there’s enough space for it. A 32 and 16 GB version is being sold. And with the easily accessible microSD slot on the left side of the phone, you can add up to 128 GB of storage. With this amazing storage capacity, the phone can also be used as a MP3 player, just store your favourite songs and listen to them wherever and whenever you want. With the DTS speakers, the phone’s speakers sound pretty good too.

A lot of you loyal "blackholetechies" might be wondering where all the benchmarks are by this point. Well, especially for you, here they are. I've tested the machine personally using both 3Dmark and Antutu, here a the results.

Now, If you’re only of those “too long, didn’t read” people, then skipping to this part may be a good way to save some of that precious time. Since this is the part where I give my personal opinion. After having messed with the phone for a while, I must say, I kind of have grown fond of it. As I’ve said before, once you get hold of this massive phone, you can’t put it down immediately, you have to play with it. So when it comes to amusement it certainly gets an A+. With the phone running on KitKat 4.4.2, which we’re all familiar with, it’s really easy to use. Adding the comfortable design with this, you’ve got a very using friendly phone. Although, personally I would’ve gone with straight edges, but there are enough cases available on the market to make this happen yourself.
With it’s upgraded octacore processor and Mali GPU, it has become a very fast phone compared to previous P7 builds.
All around, I think this is a great smartphone considering it only costs somewhere in between $400 and $510. So if you’re looking for a high-performance smartphone for a reasonable price, the Huawei Ascend P7 Mate is the smartphone for you.

Even though I absolutely adore the Huawei Ascend P7 Mate, I can not give it gold. I do this with pain in my heart. The reason I can't give the phone gold, is because, in my opinion, Huawei missed lot of great opportunities to make this the "ultimate smartphone". Therefore I'm giving it silver.


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