Huawei Ascend Mate 7 Unboxing, First Impressions

It’s one thing to geek-handle the Huawei Ascend Mate 7 during its  launch, and another when the box arrives on your door step. Let’s get to know the Mate 7.

The box is rather tall but not as big as a shoebox. I am not liking those colorful stickers. They’ll be the first to go.

The insides are partitioned cleanly, as though you won’t need anything outside it. What’s under the hood: a free flip cover case, a big charger that needs an adaptor tip, SIM tray popper, charging cable, headphones, and extra micro USB to USB 2.0 cable for using the Mate 7 as a powerbank, to charge your other devices, because: 4,100 mAh battery.

There’s a quick start guide included. I’ve long suspected that quick start guides are marsh mallow tests, which I often fail.

Even with the LG G3, I found the flip cover case girlish. But I might give this one a try.

The rear of the Mate 7 with flip cover on – note that even the finger print scanner is not covered. Good job. I think I will love this finger print scanner.

Yeah. Big charger. The short cable above is for connecting the Mate 7 with a device you want it to charge – another smartphone, tablet, or even a powerbank. Ah, yeah, we listed both this feature and the finger print security as part of the reasons you should get this phablet.

SIM tray popper in action. Or at least, after the action. The Mate 7 handles two SIMS, a micro and a nano. The second tray is hybrid – taking in either a microSD card for expanded storage, or (if the already hefty 32GB internal storage is enough for you) another SIM. The Mate 7 can handle two LTE-ready SIMs.

Colored Amber Rose and clad in plastic, like a new couch. The red and gray markings on the plastic are instructions. We’re going to be taking the Mate 7 for a spin – shooting food and lazy cats, running graphic-heavy games, taking panoramic selfies, and taking selfies in complete darkness – and get back to you with the full review.

Stay tuned.


Huawei Ascend Mate 7 Specs

6-inch Full HD IPS display, 368ppi | Corning Gorilla Glass 3
HiSilicon Kirin 925 octa-core CPU
– 4 × 1.8GHz Cortex A15 + 4 × 1.3GHz Cortex A7 + 1 x 230MHz big.LITTLE
Mali-T628 GPU | 3GB RAM | 32GB internal storage , up to 64GB via microSD
Dual-SIM, Dual-Standby (Nano-SIM + Micro-SIM) | Dual-LTE Cat 6
13MP rear camera, f/2.0, LED flash | 5MP front camera
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n | Bluetooth 4.0 | NFC |microUSB
Fingerprint Sensor | GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
Android 4.4 KitKat w/ Emotion UI 3.0
Li-Po 4,100mAh battery | can recharge other phones
157 x 81 x 7.9 mm | 185 grams

SRP P27,890.00


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Irwin Allen Rivera loves his wife's cooking so much he's now twice the man he used to be. His English essay won a Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Award for Literature in 2012. His philosophical-horror story appeared in Philippine Speculative Fiction 8 (2013). He was managing editor and lead writer of Sites and Symbols 2 (2005), a coffee-table book about buildings in UP Diliman - his alma mater (BA Philosophy; MA Creative Writing continuing). He worked at the UP Diliman Information Office before shifting to web content writing. His sudden fiction, "Notwithstanding Pigs," initially a Friendster testimonial, appeared in Philippines Graphic (2006) and in Very Short Stories for Harried Readers (2007). He used to write for