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Huawei Ascend G7 review

8.5/10 AVG.
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8.5/10
Informr score
The Huawei Ascend G7 currently has an Informr score of 8.5 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 9 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

What's good

  • Metal unibody design
  • LTE support
  • Vivid display
  • Exceptional battery life
  • Good camera

What's bad

  • Mediocre performance
  • EMUI skin
  • Screen brightness

Huawei has built a good reputation for power smartphones at affordable prices. Their G series phones have always been a comfortable compromise of price and performance. With the latest, the G7, Huawei is looking to at a more premium feel to their line-up. How does it stack up against a seemingly endless sea of mid-tier competitors? Let’s dig in to what the experts have said!

Without a doubt, every review available for the handset was blown away by its design. When even some flagships are shipping with plastic cases, it’s surprising to see an all-metal unibody shell in the mid-tier market. Not only are the materials right, it would appear design is as well. Recombu praised it, stating that it is, “Tight, slender and perfectly curved.” Some reviews even compared the feel in the hand to an iPhone. Something you certainly wouldn’t expect at this price point.

Continuing the trend, the 5.5-inch 720p IPS display was a favorite as well. While its not the highest resolution available, it is acceptable in its price point. Reviews noted colors were a little warm out of the box but that playing with settings yielding great results. Recombu noted that it is, “Not the brightest panel around.” This was a trend in many reviews. Unfortunately, combined with a high gloss screen, it led many to mention outdoor use was quite difficult.

Reviews on performance were hit-or-miss. With a 1.2GHz 64-bit quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM, the phone should have no problems with performance on paper. However, a few reviews pointed out issues in even basic operations. PC Advisor UK said that they, “Saw plenty of lag and stutter when navigating around Android.” On the other hand, Notebook Check hit the Play Store and downloaded Asphalt 8. After some time playing, they declared that the G7, “Can confidently be called gaming suitable.”

Many reviews also noted how modified the EMUI skin is on the phone and questioned if the performance issues might lie in the modifications from Huawei and not the hardware itself. If this is the case, a software update could easily unleash the true potential of the device.

Around back, you’ll find a 13MP camera with flash. From HDR to refocusing photos after you’ve taken them, it comes with bells and whistles than you’d usually find reserved for flagship handsets. Front-facing selfies are equally nice with a 5MP lens to capture plenty of detail. Notebook Check put the camera through its paces and declared, “The pictures look razor-sharp, and the colors are reproduced very accurately.”

With 16GB of internal storage, you’ll probably need to take advantage of the microSD card support if you intend to store a large amount of media. Otherwise, it offers plenty of room for common apps and the occasional music or movie binge.

What the phone might lack in performance, it makes up for in staying power. With a 3000mAh battery, and a bit of tinkering behind the scenes from Huawei, the reviews all found exceptional battery life. Even streaming video at full brightness, the shortest time found was a respectable 7.5 hours. Many reviews found a single charge lasted through multiple days of regular usage. Recombu called the G7, “One of the best phones around for battery life.”

Overall, the only thing that reviews truly found to knock the handset for was its resolution. At the same time, many noted that the quality of the display minimized any negative impact. If you’re looking for a solid mid-tier device, Tech Radar proclaims “The Ascend G7 can't be touched when it comes to an all metal body in its price bracket.”


Operating system
Android
Processor
1.2 GHz
Screen Size
5.5"
Camera
13+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


TrustedReviews

A great-value Android phone that feels like it could cost almost twice as much without getting laughed off the shelf.

- Andrew Williams, TrustedReviews
Fone Arena

If you’ve made it this far then well done and thanks for reading! The Ascend G7 is a curious smartphone as it features an all-metal design that’s more familiar on flagship devices but combines the outstanding build with a mid-range specs list. On paper the Ascend G7 should be no better t...

- Nirave, Fone Arena
Coolsmartphone

The Ascend G7 4G is set to retail for about £150 and will be available from Carphone Warehouse, Amazon and other online retailers, believed to be released sometime in the beginning of March This device should not be overlooked, especially if you’re after a larger screen phone. It feels...

- Ian Furlong, Coolsmartphone
AndroidPIT

For the most part, the Ascend G7's internals match up to what you'd expect of a mid-range phone. It doesn't pack much graphics power, but does most standard smartphone tasks smoothly - barring the strange slowdowns on the lockscreen and notification menu. Lollipop-style UI elements - such as the nav...

- Robert Zak, AndroidPIT
Notebookcheck

The metal casing of Huawei's Ascend G7 lets it stick out from the masses of not-quite-phablet smartphones for below 300 Euros. The build fits, the device is thin, and the communication modules have a good reception performance. The decent software with a multitude of options and the good cameras are...

- Florian Wimmer, Notebookcheck


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Screen Size
5.5"

The Huawei Ascend G7's screen size is 5.5 inches with 720 x 1280 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.2 GHz

There is a ARM Cortex A53 Quad core 1.2 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 4.4 KitKat operating system (OS).

Camera
13+ MP

You can take photos with the phone's onboard 13+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 5+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
16 GB

Internal memory is 16 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
3000mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3000 mAh battery. Huawei's performance ratings are 703 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

Ascend G7 Specs

Overview
Release date September 30, 2014
Regions available Canada
Mobile / Cellular Data
4G/LTE
variations
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
900/2100 MHz
LTE:
2100/800/900/2600 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
variations
SIM card size
Micro-SIM
variations
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 4.4 KitKat

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Processor ARM Cortex A53 Quad core 1.2 GHz
Internal Storage 16 GB
RAM 2 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 1.31 W/kg
Body: 0.579 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery, Headset, Data Cable
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 3000 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 703 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 25 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Aluminium
Colors Black, White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 15.3 x 7.7 x 0.8 cm (6 x 3 x 0.3 in)
Weight 165 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 720 x 1280 pixels
Pixel density 267 pixels
Size 5.5 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Digital Compass
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, Google Talk
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, OPP/FTP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot No
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support Yes
NFC Yes
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
13+ megapixels
Multi-camera
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Face detection, Geotagging, Panorama
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Resolution
5+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, AMR, AMR-NB, eAAC+, MIDI, MP3, MP4, M4A, OGG, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Huawei G7-L01, G7-L03

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