It’s thin at 6.5mm, light but not plastic-light, a sturdy phone whose Gorilla Glass 3 front and back sides are immune to key scratches while in your pocket; its 5″ display just right in your hand – not too wide, and not too long it becomes phablet-level-massive.
It’s the Huawei Ascend P7, the sequel-refinement to the selfie phone we loved reviewing last year – the Ascend P6. Naturally, the P7 bests the P6 in all aspects that matter – a sharper in low light (Sony) rear camera, a better front camera (that can do panoramic selfies), and a physical button (volume down) that takes an Ultra Snap Shot in 1.2 seconds – this while the phone is locked. Never miss a vital moment again.
While the P6 boasted of a 6.18 mm thin body, the P7 gains some thickness at 6.5. But in exchange, it gains a bigger battery (2,500 mAh), a full HD display (1920×1080 at 445 ppi), better cameras (13MP rear, 8MP front), larger internal storage (16GB), and LTE capability.
The P7 is easily shorter, narrower, and thinner that two other flagships recently launched – the Xiaomi Mi 3 and the LG G3. Price-wise, the P7 sits between both phones, at P20,990.00. But the P7 edges out the Mi 3 in expandable storage, LTE, and some say (we’ll need to get our P7 review unit to check) in terms of camera performance and build quality.
The P7 is arguably easier to hold than both phones. That’s a big deal in a world where, as a friend told me, Android makers are coming out with bigger and bigger phones even though her hand is not getting bigger.
Anyway, the same company whose brand appears many of the routers and pocket WiFi devices we use has made sure the P7 stays connected – with a dual antenna that improves signal reception (up to 150Mbps download speeds, if only our actual download speeds could reach those marks.) The P7 even has a smart network switching technology that stabilizes connection even during weak signal reception – this reduces battery drainage.
(I’m inclined to believe this signal reception thing: when I reviewed the Ascend P6, even though I had no repeaters in the house, I still got good WiFi signal two rooms away.)
In any case, we’re excited to review a phone that can give its competitors a chill down their spine. I loved the Ascend P6. I have a feeling the P7 will not disappoint.
Check out more features of the Huawei Ascend P7 here.
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