Shorter than the 5.5″ iPhone 6 Plus is the 6″ and more affordable Huawei Ascend Mate 7. Despite its massive size, the mix of sturdy metallic heft and a solid-in-your-hand feel make for a phablet that’s comfy to hold: the Mate 7 neither bends nor creaks. Here are seven reasons to seriously consider buying it.

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That large 6″, crisp, color-vibrant, nearly bezel-less display, with great viewing angles

Because of its display size, Mate 7 competes with QHD phones (like the Note 4 and the LG G3) but it has no reason to feel insecure. Not a lot of people can tell the difference between Full HD and QHD anyway. Look at the gorgeous “only” Full HD screen – you will lose yourself staring at the thematically consistent and mature Emotion UI overlay, and the crisp details of pictures and videos and graphic-heavy games. While some people are getting tired of lugging around both a phone and an iPad Mini, here’s a good compromise – a long battery life phablet that’s just right your hand for video marathons and games.

Check out our Unboxing of the Mate 7.

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Al Dimapilis, Huawei Philippines Marketing Manager, walks the audience through the key features of the Mate 7.

Aluminum alloy body makes for a premium-looking sturdy phone that feels great in your hand

Predominantly plasticky phablets whose makers paid no attention to heft and weight and tactile feel are put to shame by the Mate 7. Yes, it’s massive, but the metal body feels secure in your hand. Yes it’s not as plasticky light as others, but it’s not likely to slide off your hands when in use. Nothing about the Mate 7 feels cheap.

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The rear fingerprint scanner of the Mate 7 saves you times when unlocking your phone. Once you use it, going back to non-fingerprint ways of phone unlocking starts to feel like a time-waster.

Fingerprint security saves phone-unlocking time and beefs up phone privacy

Unlocking phones via pattern swipes, number sequences, or facial recognition actually takes time. What doesn’t is a simple one-touch fingerprint recognition mechanism placed where your index finds itself when holding a phone – at the back and under the rear camera. No more knock codes. The Mate 7 is smart enough to know the hand of its owner. That means no more awkward moments when your friend, family, or fiance finds private stuff on your phone.

Dual SIM + Dual LTE = no more excuses for being out of reach

Apart from being able to use two LTE SIMs from two different telcos simultaneously, the Mate 7’s second SIM tray also doubles as a microSD card slot, for storage expansion. No, you can’t slide in two LTE SIMs AND a microSD, but then the 32GB internal storage is hefty enough, for most people.

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Every time you unlock the Mate 7, a new gorgeous lock screen wallpaper greets you. Imagine movie doing marathons and games on this baby.

Large 4,100 mAh battery means longer up time and can even charge other mobile devices

It’s actually a good thing that the Mate 7’s display is “only” Full HD – it’s less power-hungry. So what to do with that massive battery? The Mate 7 comes with a small micro USB to micro USB cable for charging other phones, phablets, tablets, and even a power bank. The Mate 7 itself is a walking power bank. Feel free to charge for your services. Lastly, the Mate 7’s power management feature lets you extend battery life by showing you which apps eat up more power and which apps stay on when you turn off the display.

Dual antenna means better WiFi and call reception

This is something I’ve taken for granted with Huawei phones I’ve reviewed – two to three rooms away and I still have WiFi; I take a meeting at the basement of some tucked-away cafe and yet calls and SMS still push through. When it matters, you can be reached, and you can reach out.

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Just so you know, we were directly in the path of a moving spot light – so this image should be overexposed. But the Mate 7 immediately did its magic. Left to right are Bam Amor, JM Balicano, me, Enzo Luna, and a Huawei model.

5MP front cam takes selfies even in low light, panoramic shots for groufies, and offers beauty adjustments to selfies taken

The advertised selfie aspect of the Ascend P6 and P7 and G6 phones finds its way into the Mate 7 – its massive display plus panoramic selfie feature means you can squeeze in more people into the frame. The lovely display means instant gratification at showing off selfies – which you can tweak via the selfie cam app: shave off your chin, get a smaller nose, enlarge your eyes, take on whiter teeth, instantly have a smoother complexion, post that “you” on Facebook. Your ex will forever hate him/herself for leaving you. In addition, the Mate 7 also has the 1.2 second Ultra Snap Shot feature – double click on the volume down key while the phone’s screen is asleep, to take a quick snap shot using the rear camera.

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Beside me here is Jaja Ramirez and, maybe, we might not need the Mate 7’s beauty shot feature. But it’s good to know it’s there.

Huawei Ascend Mate 7 Specs - Click to View
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

Bonus Reason – the Mate 7 can read and write on external hard drives via a UST OTG cable

That means all the movies and season after season of your fave shows in your external drives – or those owned by friends – are now watchable, even without a computer near by. All your hear again and again and feel good music and all the old pictures you’ve been planning to upload as #throwbackthursday posts – now there’s nothing stopping you.

The Huawei Ascend Mate 7 sells for an SRP of P27,890.00. You can check out our unboxing and first impressions here. Stay tuned for the full review.


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