Introduction and unboxing
Huawei is not the company best known for smartphones in the Brazilian market, but it makes a great success in China, his homeland and creates good quality appliances – and very pretty too. One of the latest is the Asian brand Ascend P7, a model that delivers cutting-edge hardware to fight head-on with more stocky devices from companies such as Motorola, Samsung and Sony. Inside there is a quad-core processor 1.8 GHz, 2 GB of RAM and a GPU Mali-450MP4, enough for a lot of the everyday, with heavier games. The package follows the same line of Ascend P6, which is quite beautiful, well finished, with only the cell name in a small, golden space, along with some details (such as color and IMEI) staying in one of the side.
Opening the package, we have the phone lying on a support for him and just below are two boxes for different content. Most of all keep the instruction manual and a tool to extract the operator SIM card and microSD card – with tags for NFC adjustments and settings. In another box, get the headset, USB data cable and the charger jack. All well organized and every accessory in your specific location. This is the kind of organization that is not common to find in smartphones sold by competing companies.
If you put side by side, the Ascend P6 and this model, we have very small differences and only a few changes here and there. The smartphone keeps reminding quite what we have in the iPhone 4 , especially the wings, antennae venues, camera position at the rear (with flash) and the black glass behind everything. On the front we have a IPS LCD screen 5 inches with resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, Gorilla Glass 3 protection and approximate density of 441 pixels per inch. Still here, is an 8-megapixel front camera (!!!!), light and proximity sensor, with the speaker for calls.
On the left side there is nothing, while at the opposite end we have volume control buttons and just on and off the smartphone (which remembers well the position and format button on / off of the latest Xperia). Finally, here are the drawers to chip carrier (Micro-SIM) and the slot for microSD up to 64 GB cards.
Above is the entrance to the headset and also the secondary microphone for noise insulation.
Below, in a beautiful curved shape, are the main microphone and microUSB input with no access to the battery cover is made of glass and with a very nice texture effect to the eyes. Here is 13 megapixel camera that shoots in Full HD at 30 frames per second, LED flash and a small speaker. The battery has 2500mAh, enough for 422 hours in standby and 22 hours of conversation on the phone. In everyday use, it is capable of supporting a full day of use by going to the second when the power save mode is active.
Footprint, dimensions and weight
As much as this is a smartphone of great proportions, the footprint is not uncomfortable. She, yes, could be more warm hands, but do not lose much when we look through their straight lines and boxy design. The curved part down all appeals only to look, since your hand will not stop there. In figures have 139.8 mm in height, 68.8 mm in width and 6.5 mm thickness.
These figures give a very thin device and is not absurdly huge when it gets a jeans pocket – even better situation when in a backpack or in its owner’s pocket.
Huawei, as well as other Chinese companies, uses a very different interface for Android that runs inside your appliances. The major difference between these interfaces is in the absence of an application menu. In place of this area where only the installed apps are listed, the smartphone delivery initial areas where everything is there – from applications and games you have installed, to icons that lead to the device itself settings. Remember, too, what Apple does with the iPhone and the BlackBerry makes their devices. Inside Huawei puts its own chip, which make for years and achieves good results – even when misses weight options as Qualcomm and Intel. Within the smartphone have a Hisilicon Kirin 910T quad-core processor running at 1.8 GHz, accompanied by a GPU Mali-450MP4 and 2 GB of RAM.
This set should provide a very fluid experience and with few crashes, or almost none. Unfortunately this is not the case, especially when you are with some applications open at the same time on the device. We believe this occasional choking occurs because of the highly modified interface that Huawei uses the Emotion UI 2.3, which adds some interesting features to Android and also raises some very nice animations, but that matters when you run all this on top of Android 4.4 KitKat – that alone and this hardware would run much better.
By default, the Asian manufacturer not only deliver a modified interface, but also icons that follow a pattern that, again, remember quite what Apple does with iOS. The icons are square, but with stuffed edges rounded corners and flat colors (ok, this is already on Android 5.0 and has always been in Windows Phone). Already installed a few apps, as a manager of themes for mobile, file manager, weather forecast for app, flashlight, calculator, app for quick notes, FM radio, voice recorder, assistant to backup, Polaris Office, Twitter and the Bitcasa, which acts as photo store, music and videos in the cloud.
Finally, we have a function that resembles (very much) in an existing operating system from Apple, which is a button that hangs on the screen of all the apps and even the home screen. This button replaces the Android buttons and still delivers some shortcuts. In iOS this button makes sense, especially when the physical button begins to fail. Since there is no physical button on the Ascend P7, its only function would be relevant shortcuts, which are already in the notification area. So, yeah, floating button does not make much sense here.
Gaming and multimedia
The Ascend P7 does not deliver the best graphics card market, but does not make it hinder the good performance of the device in heavy games. With a Mali-450MP4, tested the Asphalt 8, placing the graphics maximum and the result was a very positive gambling, with almost rare in low frame rate per second. All details were presented without errors, crashes or choking.
The music player is quite different from the standard used by other manufacturers, focusing on a unique design and a welcome function for some: the choice according to her mood music. Natively, the P7 supports MP3, eAAC +, WMA, WAV and FLAC. The P7 also has Dolby Digital Plus, which greatly improves audio playback quality headphones, but that does not make much difference to the phone speaker.
No player videos that can be opened straight from the Apps area, which is the home screen. However, if you open a video file, the player appears and takes the task. Natively the smartphone plays XviD, MP4, H.264 and WMV up to 1080p (Full HD). We tested an MP4 Full HD and the video played without any crash.
In addition to a monstrous front camera for selfies with 8 megapixels, the handset also has a good rear camera of 13 megapixels. The end result of the photographs is of images with great color reproduction and good input brightness when the picture is hit with good lighting conditions. For night shots, the result is very promising, but the granules causes the picture to be kind of dirty – something expected from a smartphone that costs less than £ 2000.
For videos, you can shoot up to Full HD at 30 frames per second and the video quality is slightly below what we have in photos. Audio is captured in two channels, but the quality of it is not so clear as do their competitors.
Strengths and weaknesses
Friendly price, costing less than £ 1500
Robust hardware without even being famous manufacturer
And comfortable design
8-megapixel front camera
Huawei’s interface is heavy
Night shots are very grainy
Floating button is kind of unnecessary