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Review: Huawei Ascend P7 16GB

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Thinking differently is what makes a company break the status-quo and this is exactly what Huawei has done with its mid-range beast, the Ascend P7.

It’s a matter of opinion, but it seems that Huawei has a detailed understanding of their users – make devices that are, first and foremost, easy to use and eye-catching and the rest will, more often than not, fall into place.

The hardware inside the P6 was pretty disappointing; the P7 houses significant upgrades, but still, not enough has been done to make it a worthy opponent to its competitors, but this is up for debate.

Ascend P7

Just like all their devices, the Huawei P7 is built with the user in mind. It’s evident that careful thinking has gone into the features and overall design. Its affordability is also part of its appeal – you’re definitely getting value for your money. When you weigh it all up, it cannot be denied that this is an attractive phone – inside and out.

Key specs

  • 5.0” IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen
  • Resolution: 1920 x 1080 (FHD)
  • 13MP autofocus, LED flash camera
  • 8MP front-facing camera
  • Android OS, v4.4.2 (KitKat), upgradable to v5.1.1 (Lollipop)
  • HiSilicon Kirin 910T chipset
  • Quad-core 1.8 GHz Cortex-A9 CPU
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, hotspot
  • MicroSD dedicated card slot (expandable up to 64GB)
  • No MicroSD for Dual SIM model
  • 2 GB RAM
  • Internal storage: 16 GB
  • Bluetooth v4.0, A2DP, LE
  • microUSB v2.0, USB Host
  • Non-removable Li-Po 2500 mAh battery

Pros: Crisp, clean video and image viewing; “Face Beauty Mode” to ensure that you look your best; impressive battery endurance; great design, build and finish

Cons: The glass backing makes it quite slippery. We suggest that you buy a protective case; Hardware has been upgraded, but can be better; speaker is too close to where your palm sits when holding the phone

Verdict: 7/10

Huawei Ascend P7 16 GB available from R2,999

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