7.5/10
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The Huawei Ascend P7 currently has an Informr score of 7.5 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 27 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.


Operating system
Android
Processor
1.8 GHz
Screen Size
5"
Camera
13+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


The Mobile Indian

The Huawei Ascend P7 offers a smooth performance and plenty of storage facility. Design wise it is quite compact and stylish as well. Battery back up was the only area where I found it wanting as compared to its rivals. Also, at Rs 27,499, the Ascend P7 has plenty of rivals especially from some big...

- Anil Satapathy, The Mobile Indian
Electronista

The Huawei Ascend P7 is a marked improvement on earlier models in the range, and it is to be commended. While it is a considerable upgrade for existing Huawei smartphone users, it doesn't quite keep up with the top-of-the-range devices released by the other major manufacturers. It certainly has powe...

- Malcolm Owen, Electronista
Macnn

Overall, it is hard not to recommend the Huawei Ascend P7. Sure, it may have a few quirks and a slightly under-par battery life, it is still a great smartphone that manages to do pretty much anything a person could want a smartphone to do, and in some cases, surpasses expectations.

- Malcolm Owen, Macnn
Digital Trends

Huawei has a real winner in the Ascend P7. It may not have the same ultra high-end specs as the LG G3, HTC One M8, Samsung Galaxy S5, or other flagship Android smartphones, but it offers strong performance and adds a nice build quality to the mix. The P7 also happens to be a couple hundreds of dolla...

- Malarie Gokey, Digital Trends
Engadget

In a money-is-no-object world, every smartphone would come with a Snapdragon 805, a 41-megapixel camera, a beautiful body and a 4K display. Huawei's aim here was to build a device that could be spoken of in the same breath as the Galaxy S5 and HTC One M8 at a significantly reduced cost. And it succe...

- Daniel Cooper, Engadget


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Common Questions


Huawei released the Ascend P7 on June 3, 2014.


Huawei backs up the Ascend P7 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


If your Ascend P7 has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Huawei support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Huawei's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.




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Screen Size
5"

The Huawei Ascend P7's screen size is 5 inches with x pixels resolution.

Processor
1.8 GHz

There is a ARM Cortex-A9 Quad core 1.8 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

Camera
13+ MP

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

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 8+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
16 GB

Internal memory is 16 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
2500mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 2500 mAh battery. Huawei's performance ratings are 17.6 days standby time, 1320 minutes, 433 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

Ascend P7 Specs

Overview
Release date June 3, 2014
Regions available UK
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1700/1900 /2100 MHz
LTE:
2100/800/900/1800 /2600 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card Micro-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System

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Processor ARM Cortex-A9 Quad core 1.8 GHz
Internal Storage 16 GB
RAM 2 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.521 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Headset, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 2500 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Up to: 490 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 433 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 1320 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 17.6 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black, White, Pink
Dimensions [H x W x D] 14.0 x 6.9 x 0.7 cm (5.5 x 2.7 x 0.3 in)
Weight 124 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density 441 pixels
Size 5 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
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 Swype
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 No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
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
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support Yes
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
13+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Geotagging, Panorama, Burst shot, HDR
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, XviD
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels)
Front Camera
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
Panorama, Self-portrait
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, MP4, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, AMR-WB, AMR, Real Audio, WMA, WAV, M4A, OGG, AMR-NB
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, XviD
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
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
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types DOC, DOCX, PDF, PPT, PPTX, XLS
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable ()
Included Software / Apps -
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The Mobile Indian

Plenty of muscles for multitasking and gaming, superb design

from The Mobile Indian

The Huawei Ascend P7 offers a smooth performance and plenty of storage facility. Design wise it is quite compact and stylish as well. Battery back up was the only area where I found it wanting as compared to its rivals. Also, at Rs 27,499, the Ascend P7 has plenty of rivals especially from some b...More

The Huawei Ascend P7 offers a smooth performance and plenty of storage facility. Design wise it is quite compact and stylish as well. Battery back up was the only area where I found it wanting as compared to its rivals. Also, at Rs 27,499, the Ascend P7 has plenty of rivals especially from some big brands including Apple iPhone 5C, Google Nexus 5, Sony Xperia Z and Z1, LG G2, HTC Desire 820 and the Samsung Galaxy S4. I was actually expecting it to be priced below Rs 25,000, where it would have been a terrific handset. If competitors are to be sidelined, then the Huawei Ascend P7 offers everything that you should go for.

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Electronista

A thin and fashionable smartphone with a specifications list that strongly suggesting it is up to the task

from Electronista

The Huawei Ascend P7 is a marked improvement on earlier models in the range, and it is to be commended. While it is a considerable upgrade for existing Huawei smartphone users, it doesn't quite keep up with the top-of-the-range devices released by the other major manufacturers. It certainly has power, and quite a few of the specifications would have make it a decent contender if Huawei released it last year, but against the current crop it appears lackluster...

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The Huawei Ascend P7 is a marked improvement on earlier models in the range, and it is to be commended. While it is a considerable upgrade for existing Huawei smartphone users, it doesn't quite keep up with the top-of-the-range devices released by the other major manufacturers. It certainly has power, and quite a few of the specifications would have make it a decent contender if Huawei released it last year, but against the current crop it appears lackluster.

That being said, there's certainly a lot more in terms of appeal to the phone than the specifications. The user interface is familiar and modern-looking, it's fast and responsive in normal use, and while it has a great rear camera, the sheer resolution of the front-facing version has to be commended. It's physical design is also quite startling when you consider its thinness, with a decent amount of attention to detail expended on the phone by the company.

Overall, it is hard not to recommend the Huawei Ascend P7. Sure, it may have a few quirks and a slightly under-par battery life, it is still a great smartphone that manages to do pretty much anything a person could want a smartphone to do, and in some cases, surpasses expectations.

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Macnn

Thin and fashionable smartphone with a specifications list that strongly suggesting it is up to the task

from Macnn

Overall, it is hard not to recommend the Huawei Ascend P7. Sure, it may have a few quirks and a slightly under-par battery life, it is still a great smartphone that manages to do pretty much anything a person could want a smartphone to do, and in some cases, surpasses expectations.

Read full review

Overall, it is hard not to recommend the Huawei Ascend P7. Sure, it may have a few quirks and a slightly under-par battery life, it is still a great smartphone that manages to do pretty much anything a person could want a smartphone to do, and in some cases, surpasses expectations.

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Digital Trends

A really great smartphone that has the potential to woo iPhone users away

from Digital Trends

Huawei has a real winner in the Ascend P7. It may not have the same ultra high-end specs as the LG G3, HTC One M8, Samsung Galaxy S5, or other flagship Android smartphones, but it offers strong performance and adds a nice build quality to the mix. The P7 also happens to be a couple hundreds of dollars cheaper...

More

Huawei has a real winner in the Ascend P7. It may not have the same ultra high-end specs as the LG G3, HTC One M8, Samsung Galaxy S5, or other flagship Android smartphones, but it offers strong performance and adds a nice build quality to the mix. The P7 also happens to be a couple hundreds of dollars cheaper.

The Ascend P7 is one of the best smartphones made by Huawei so far and it proves that the Chinese company has what it takes to make a true flagship.

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Engadget

The best mid-range phone you've never heard of

from Engadget

In a money-is-no-object world, every smartphone would come with a Snapdragon 805, a 41-megapixel camera, a beautiful body and a 4K display. Huawei's aim here was to build a device that could be spoken of in the same breath as the Galaxy S5 and HTC One M8 at a significantly reduced cost. And it su...More

In a money-is-no-object world, every smartphone would come with a Snapdragon 805, a 41-megapixel camera, a beautiful body and a 4K display. Huawei's aim here was to build a device that could be spoken of in the same breath as the Galaxy S5 and HTC One M8 at a significantly reduced cost. And it succeeded with a handset that is more than the sum of its parts. Huawei wins points for the rock-solid build quality, the materials used and the overall aesthetic. The imaging prowess of both the forward- and rear-facing cameras is better than you may expect from a handset that's priced well within the second tier. That's another merit, since at £330, the Ascend P7 is about £220 cheaper than the Galaxy S5 -- enough money to buy a first-generation Android Wear device and still have enough money left over for a meal. If you're prepared to accept a few rough edges here and there, the Ascend P7 is a worthy recipient of your hard-earned cash.

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Notebookcheck

A great total bundle for a fair price

from Notebookcheck

Huawei does not penetrate the top-of-the-line smartphone sector with its Ascend P7. It simply lacks the first rate components, such as a competitively swift SoC with a high-performance graphics chip. The elegant, timeless design and the excellent build would throughout be competitive in this sector though. Its intuitive use alongside the generous included software, the good speech quality, and the wireless modules' consistently good reception convinced us - keyword: LTE. The Ascend P7 reaps also reaps in points with its bright, viewing angle, and high-resolution IPS Full HD screen. Furthermore, the latest Android 4.42 KitKat, a large flash storage that can also be expanded via a micro-SD card, and all relevant interfaces are also on board. Even more so with NFC and DLNA. The always pleasant surface temperatures are also positive, and the battery runtimes are just as solid, though they could be longer especially in the comparison. The smartphone is not as pricey as most contenders...

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Huawei does not penetrate the top-of-the-line smartphone sector with its Ascend P7. It simply lacks the first rate components, such as a competitively swift SoC with a high-performance graphics chip. The elegant, timeless design and the excellent build would throughout be competitive in this sector though. Its intuitive use alongside the generous included software, the good speech quality, and the wireless modules' consistently good reception convinced us - keyword: LTE. The Ascend P7 reaps also reaps in points with its bright, viewing angle, and high-resolution IPS Full HD screen. Furthermore, the latest Android 4.42 KitKat, a large flash storage that can also be expanded via a micro-SD card, and all relevant interfaces are also on board. Even more so with NFC and DLNA. The always pleasant surface temperatures are also positive, and the battery runtimes are just as solid, though they could be longer especially in the comparison. The smartphone is not as pricey as most contenders.

Cuts have then been made in the SoC that is strong enough for most everyday situations, but that seems a bit sluggish for a flagship and cannot reach the premium sector. The camera modules do not provide top notch performance, and the small speaker that does not actually do a bad job, but does not present an exceptional performance either. It is too bad that although the Wi-Fi module always functions reliably, it does not provide the really high-speed ac standard. 

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Cnet

Only selfie lovers need seek out this skinny Android phone

from Cnet

While the Huawei Ascend P7 has an acceptable lineup of specs and a super-slim body, it doesn't really offer a huge amount to really get excited about. Although it's a bit cheaper than current flagships like the S5 or Sony Xperia Z2, Huawei would have been wise to make it even more affordable to give customers a definite reason to opt for a phone with less brand appeal than Sony, Samsung or Apple...

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While the Huawei Ascend P7 has an acceptable lineup of specs and a super-slim body, it doesn't really offer a huge amount to really get excited about. Although it's a bit cheaper than current flagships like the S5 or Sony Xperia Z2, Huawei would have been wise to make it even more affordable to give customers a definite reason to opt for a phone with less brand appeal than Sony, Samsung or Apple.

The P7 is a decent all-rounder though and is worth considering, particularly if you can pick it up on a good-value contract. Alternatively though, it's worth looking towards last year's flagships like the Sony Xperia Z1 or Galaxy S4, both of which have more powerful components for roughly the same price as the P7 and, in the case of the Z1 at least, a waterproof design. 

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What Mobile

Best front-facing camera ever

from What Mobile

The Huawei Ascend P7 is many things, but market-leading flagship it is not. It’s front-facing camera may be revolutionary, but the rest of it is so-so and ho-hum. Its excellent aesthetics are undone by an unrealistic price-tag. Huawei could have done better, and so can you.

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The Huawei Ascend P7 is many things, but market-leading flagship it is not. It’s front-facing camera may be revolutionary, but the rest of it is so-so and ho-hum. Its excellent aesthetics are undone by an unrealistic price-tag. Huawei could have done better, and so can you.

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Brighthand

Elegant design and sharp display but subpar performance

from Brighthand

Given that it's competing in a heated flagship phone market where there are still great doubts about the Huawei brand, the Ascend P7 isn't likely to make the Chinese OEM the international consumer powerhouse it may want to be. Instead, it's a flagship that'll likely guarantee slower, yet more secure growth....

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Given that it's competing in a heated flagship phone market where there are still great doubts about the Huawei brand, the Ascend P7 isn't likely to make the Chinese OEM the international consumer powerhouse it may want to be. Instead, it's a flagship that'll likely guarantee slower, yet more secure growth.

It offers performance levels that are only solid, but its exceptionally beautiful body and excellent display should be enough to sway those that are aware of Huawei, but otherwise wouldn't have paid much attention to this particular device. Of course, the fact that it's available at a relatively lessened cost is a good reason to give it a shot too.  

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What Mobile

Underwhelming specs but capable of almost any smartphone task

from What Mobile

It’s a real shame that Huawei didn’t put their full weight behind the Ascend P7. With the only major technical downside being a sub-par processor, it feels like it’s only a few tweaks away from being a top-class device. Unfortunately, this lack of power means that its price point sticks in the throat somewhat. Set to retail at £369, you can pick up a year-old handset with almost identical specs (such as the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the Google Nexus 5) for more than £100 less. Its lack of waterproofing doesn’t help to set it apart, either...

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It’s a real shame that Huawei didn’t put their full weight behind the Ascend P7. With the only major technical downside being a sub-par processor, it feels like it’s only a few tweaks away from being a top-class device. Unfortunately, this lack of power means that its price point sticks in the throat somewhat. Set to retail at £369, you can pick up a year-old handset with almost identical specs (such as the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the Google Nexus 5) for more than £100 less. Its lack of waterproofing doesn’t help to set it apart, either.

With most consumers opting to purchase phones via contractual instalments, would the difference between a mid-range phone at the current price and a genuine table-topper at £499 have been such a detriment to the company? Unless you really feel like trying something different (or really value a good selfie) the Ascend P7 is a hard sell. It’s not a bad handset – it’s just a missed opportunity. 

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