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Review: Huawei Ascend P7 smartphone

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The Huawei Ascend P7 smartphone is definitely a looker.

Over the past few months we have seen smartphones and devices popping out of the woodwork left, right, and center. One of the latest devices to pop out of the woodwork is the Huawei Ascend P7 smartphone. While the Huawei Ascend P7 smartphone most definitely looks sleek and stylish on the outside… it is also what’s on the inside that counts.

When it comes to design, the Huawei Ascend P7 smartphone is definitely a looker. The device is 6,5mm thick and weighs in at  only 124g. The device also features a FHD 5-inch touch-sensitive screen, which has a resolution of 1920 x 1080 and supports up to 16M colours. While taking a closer look at the 5-inch screen, I noticed that most images and videos were displayed in a crisp, clean manner. YouTube videos were a pleasure to watch, and images a pleasure to view. Additionally, the screen is not overly bright, which means less strain on the eyes while spending longer durations using the device.

The Ascend P7 is most definitely a beautiful device, especially with its glossy back cover and aluminum sides; however, looks are not the only attractive feature of this device. The Ascend P7 smartphone is powered by a 1.8GHz Huawei Kirin 910T ere’quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM and also includes 16GB of flash storage. While storage is limited to 16GB, this can be extended upon with a MicroSD card. According to Huawei, the device can take a MicroSD card that has a storage capacity of up to 64GB in size. Keeping things up and running is the 2500mAh lithium battery. The battery is fairly standard; however, it does seem to last throughout the day and most of the evening.

One thing that mainly impressed me about this device is how smoothly it runs its operating system, which comes in the form of Android KitKit 4.4.2. During my time with the device it never seemed to slow down or struggle. Even while using graphically intensive apps and games the device failed to under perform.

With the operating system in check, those looking to pickup up the Ascend P7 smartphone will be pleased to know that the device features LTE connectivity as well as near-field communication (NFC). The device comes with two programmable NFC tags, which can be programmed using Huawei’s Magic Tags app.

For the smartphone photographers out there, Huawei has you covered. The device features a rather impressive 8MP front-facing camera and a 13MP rear-facing camera. The 8MP front-facing camera is ideal for those who enjoy taking high-quality “selfies”, and the 13MP rear-facing camera most definitely gives high-end mobile phones a run for their money.

When it comes to call quality, I will have to admit that the Huawei Ascend P7 smartphone is definitely one of the better devices I have used over the past three months. The audio quality while making and receiving a call is absolutely superb. To add to this, the device is comfortable to use for long call durations.

The Huawei Ascend P7 smartphone is most definitely a keeper. Not only is it a beautiful device, but it also packs in some great functions and features. To add to this, the device has one of the best front-facing cameras I have used to date. Overall, the Huawei Ascend P7 smartphone exceeded my expectations… especially when it came to design, functionality, call quality and connectivity.

Score: 9/10

Recommended retail price: R6699.

Darryl Linington


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