Huawei Ascend G7 is a mid range phablet with a metal-body. With so many smartphones on the market currently, it’s hard to choose between the numerous designs, names, and other features that most consumers look for in a smartphone.
Some customers want a metal phone because of their premium look and feel. Perhaps the iPhone 6 Plus is too expensive for you, and the recent #bendgate issues with bending iPhones and iPhones that “snap” like KitKat bars too easily have you concerned with buying Apple’s first phablet.
While the HTC One M8 seems to be a choice for you, you dislike the One M8’s 4MP back camera and its 2,600mAh battery that you deem a little sub-par for a phone of its size. If either of these metal contributions cloud your judgment, Huawei with the Ascend G7 wants you to withhold your verdict until you consider its contribution to the metal smartphone category.
The DisplayHuawei Ascend G7 features a 5.5-inch, in-plane switching (IPS) low-temperature polycrystalline silicon (or LTPS) LCD screen that bears a high-definition or HD (1280 x 720 pixels) resolution. Colors are vivid and bright, and you should have no trouble viewing the world on the Huawei Ascend G7’s beautiful display.
The use of low-temperature polycrystalline silicon for Huawei’s Ascend G7 display is to allow the display itself to push more pixels while maintaining as low a voltage as possible. If you’ve ever felt your display at times and noticed that it was warm, it has to do with pixels and voltage: pixel increase leads to voltage increase.
LTPS reduces the temperature produced by the display so that manufacturers can push more pixels without concerns about screen burn and human injuries as a result of contact with the display.
Processor and MemoryHuawei Ascend G7 comes with a 1.2GHz, quad-core ARM Cortex A53 processor with 64-bit technology for desktop computing, 2GB of random access memory (RAM), and 16GB of internal storage. 2GB of RAM is considered to be the new minimum standard for high-end flagships (although some are now boasting 3GB of RAM), and 16GB of internal memory storage, though the traditional storage amount, doesn’t leave much room for storing photos and documents, you can add a memory card of up to 32GB.
Battery and Battery LifeHuawei Ascend G7 is powered by a 3000mAh battery, and Huawei says on its website that you can expect about 1.2 days of battery life (600 days in standby mode) on the device. Some devices such as the LG G3 feature ~3,000mAh batteries, but the use of LG’s Quad HD or 2K display (2,560 x 1,440p) works against what could have been an excellent battery experience.
In contrast, Huawei’s maintenance of a basic HD display with the same size battery as that of the G3 means that Huawei Ascend G7 users can expect a full day (possibly more) depending on usage.
For power users who can’t get enough battery life, Huawei’s implemented its own Extreme Energy Saving battery technology that will allow your device to operate for another 24 hours on just 10% battery life.
The CamerasHuawei Ascend G7 comes with a 5 megapixels front camera with f/2.4 aperture and a 13 megapixels back camera with f/2.0 aperture. The 5MP front camera continues the selfie trend we’re seeing with other major movers and shakers in the smartphone market, and the 13MP back camera is one that we think should become the minimum standard for all cameras.
Software and Operating SystemHuawei Ascend G7 is an Android smartphone, meaning that you can expect Google’s Android 4.4 KitKat software to come preloaded on the device. We do not know as of yet whether or not Huawei will upgrade its software to Android 5.0 Lollipop (which is now on Nexus devices).
As with all other Android devices, Huawei’s added its own Emotion UI 3.0 update to the Ascend G7. The new Emotion UI 3.0 shows some small tweaks Huawei’s made to its user interface.
While Google’s Android is familiar territory to current Android users, Huawei’s done what many Android manufacturers do: provide a unique software experience of their own. This means that the Ascend G7 will provide some camera software that comes directly from Huawei. Beauty Mode, Panorama, Selfies, Ultra Snapshot, All-Focus, and Audio Note provide a few enhancements to your camera experience.
The ConclusionThe Huawei Ascend G7 has been priced at €299 and was slated to arrive in the European countries of Denmark, Hungary, Norway, Poland, The Netherlands, Italy, Germany, and Spain as of last month. Huawei also looks to bring the Ascend G7 to Mexico, Turkey, and South Africa, but Huawei’s intentions with regard to other countries is unknown at this time.
Pricing and availabilityHuawei Ascend G7 is not available in Nigeria. When available we expect Huawei Ascend G7 price in Nigeria to range from N65,000 to N90,000 depending on your location in the country.
Huawei Ascend G7 SpecsHere are a few specs of the Huawei Ascend G7 Phablet:
- Platform: Android 4.4.2 (KitKat), Emotion 3.0
- Processor: 1.2GHz quad-core Processor
- GPU: -
- Memory: 2GB RAM
- Colours: White, Black
- Dimension: 153.5 x 77.3 x 7.6 mm
- Weight: 165 g
- SIM Type: Micro SIM
- SIM Count: Single-SIM
- Display: 5.5-inch Display, 720 x 1280 pixels (267 ppi)
- Display Protection: -
- Rear Camera: 13 MP Camera, LED Flash, 1080p HD Video
- Rear Camera Features: Autofocus, Face Detection, HDR, Geo-tagging
- Front Camera: 5 MP Camera
- Built-in Storage: 16GB Storage
- Memory Card Support: up to 32GB
- Bundled Cloud Storage: -
- 2G GSM: 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900MHz
- 2G CDMA 1X: No
- 3G WCDMA: 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100MHz
- 3G CDMA EVDO: No
- 4G LTE: Yes
Internet & Connectivity
- GPRS: Yes, up to 48kbps
- EDGE: Yes
- 3G/WCDMA/HSPA: Yes
- HSPA+: No
- CDMA EVDO: No
- 4G LTE: Yes
- WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
- Wi-Fi Hotspot: Yes
- Bluetooth: Yes, Bluetooth 4.0, A2DP, LE
- NFC: Yes
- Infrared Blaster: No
- USB Port: Yes, microUSB 2.0, USB Host
- SMS/MMS: Yes
- Instant Messaging: Yes
- Push Emails: Yes
- Email Protocol: -
- Music Player: Yes, mp3, WAV, FLAC, eACC+
- Video Player: Yes, MPEG4, H.263, H.264, XviD
- FM Radio: Yes
- Loudspeaker: Yes
- 3.5mm Jack: Yes
- Navigation: Yes, GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS
- Maps: Yes, Google Maps
Sensors & Control
- Digital Compass: Yes
- Accelerometer: Yes
- Proximity Sensor: Yes
- Light Sensor: Yes
- Barometer: No
- Pedometer: No
- Gyroscope: Yes
- Fingerprint Scanner: No
- Iris Scanner: No
- Intelligent Digital Assistant: -
- Motion Sensing / Gesture Control: -
- Voice Control: -
- Video Streaming: Yes
- Wireless Charging: No
- Active Noise Cancellation: Yes (with dedicated mic)
- Water Resistant: Yes
- Dust Resistant: Yes
- Image Editor: Yes
- Video Editor: Yes
- Document Viewer: Yes
- Document Editor: No (download at store)
- Battery: 3000 mAh Li-Po Battery
- Standby Time: up to 600 hours
- Talktime: -