Huawei P7 Price, Pics, Specs and More

The Huawei P7 Complete Guide: Pictures, Specs, & Phone Details

 

We’re seeing some great releases out of the Chinese market this year and in this review we’re going to take a look at the update to a phone from the veteran company Huawei.

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Resolution & MegaPixels Memory, Storage & Battery Size, Weight & OS
8 MP Front Camera 16 GB Memory 139.80 mm x 68.80 mm x 6.50 mm
13 MP Back Camera 2 GB RAM 124 Grams
1,080 X 1,920 Pixel Resolution 2500 mAh Battery Android 4.4


 

Huawei P7 Design

The P7 was designed with user experience and elegance in mind. It is rectangular with rounded edges but very thin and light, 6.5mm thick and weighing 124 grams. The design is not too bold or trendy, but a comfortable, easy design that feels solid and nice in your hand.

This is the Huawei P7. While it does add a little girth to last year’s really thin P6, we’re still dealing with a very streamlined design here. A metal skeleton holds together two panels of Gorilla Glass 3 meaning that this phone, for all intents and purposes can take a little bit of abuse, while a flat profile is found all around the sides. It has rounded corners up top which are opposite a nicely rounded bottom portion.


Huawei P7 box

There are no sharp or dangerous edges. The buttons are on the phone’s right and below them are the SIM and micro SD trays. Up top is the headphone jack and on the rounded bottom is the micro USB port. The optics and the speaker on the back are atop the patterned design just under the glass. What really stands out about this phone is not just its thinness and it’s streamlined profile, but also the fact that in really rocks this new 5-inch screen very well. It is also one of the best handling phones of its size making it to an extent better at processing, game playing, and handling then the other current mainstream phones. The flat but minimally sized sides make for a pretty comfortable feel, one that is somewhat reminiscent of the iPhone 5 s which this phone has been compared to at time and certainly takes some inspiration from.

Huawei ascend p7

Ultimately you have a pretty awesome design here. It is really easy and comfortable in the hand. Huawei graduates the P-series to a 1080 pixel screen at five inches in size. This IPS screen also has 441 pixels per inch. Now it is not hard to get impressed by the colors the screen puts out, especially with how colorful Huawei’s user interface is easy to use and nice to look at. Colors are greatly vibrant and even add very steep viewing angles it retains pretty much all color fidelity, and even giving justice to much darker tones, with good contrast and nice deep levels in the dark areas. You also do get the option of adjusting the screens color temperature if you feel the need to, and the high-sensitivity allows usage even when you’re wearing gloves.

Huawei P7 Hardware

Specs:
HiSilicon Kirin 910T 1.8GHZ Quad-Core
Mali 450-MP4
2GB RAM

IT runs on a 1.8GHz quad-core Huawei Kirin 910T processor. It comes with 2GB of RAM. It also comes with 16GB of storage, that, similar to the iPhone’s internal storage, cannot be expanded by installing a new memory card due to the permanent internal storage card placement.

It is incredibly lightweight and weighs only 124 grams.


Huawei P7 Sensors

It comes with a proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, and an accelerometer. The sensors are very technologically advanced and come with awesome benefits that are not standard to many phones.

Proximity Sensor

Its proximity sensor can tell when your ear or any part of your body accidentally comes into contact with your phone screen during a call, and it will disable all instances of accidental touch.

Ambient Light Sensor

Its ambient light sensor allows the phone to automatically adjust to conserve screen brightness as well as make backlighting adjustments based on the environment’s current lighting. This feature allows for the best user experience on the phone in different light settings, and it conserves the phone’s battery life.

Accelerometer

The accelerometer is a common feature on many phones, and is also included in the P7. It rotates to fit and reorient any picture or video on the phone based on how you are holding the phone in relation to the ground. For example, if you tilt your phone from the standard vertical view to a horizontal view, the current video or picture on the screen will automatically adjust to perfectly fit the new horizontal screen orientation so the user experience is optimized. This is what allows you to watch expanded videos on the full widescreen on your phone as opposed to super tiny videos that would play if you kept your screen vertical while watching.

Battery

The battery is a practical 2,500mAh which is large enough to use moderately throughout the whole day without needing to recharge.

As far as battery goes the twenty-five hundred million hour unit did pretty well for me. After a five hour stint consisting mainly of playing music via Google Play Music and also one hour almost of playing Injustice straight brought this on down to 70 percent, and from my experience it seems that even with moderate to heavy usage you still be able to make it to the 12 hour mark. The good standby time that I observed on here however can easily put this phone past the day and a half mark so you should be able to get pretty much what you need from this phone.

There are also power saving modes available and they include projected hours of usage so you can see just how far you’re going to be able to go in one sitting on this phone. If you really need to eke out as much as you can get, you can also bring your usage down to just the essentials and you should be fine.

Processing system

Huawei sticks to an in-house processing package consisting of four cortex-a9 cores. It is backed by Mali graphics and 2 Gigahertz RAM. When playing the intensive injustice game I will say that I never ran into any big issues with lag and performance while playing. Getting around the operating system unloading apps or settings never posed any problems either. I had no complaints about the performance of the P7, and the speed you get from the operating system certainly lends itself to fast work and fast play.

Hardware

Huawei does play well in the hardware departments with the inclusion a microSD card slot an often sought after feature that here allows for expanded storage over the included 16 gigabytes; a feature not offered by other Androids and not offered by any of the iPhones. The full range of connectivity options is available here including NFC which is fairly obvious because it clearly states NFC at the very top in the notification area. Call quality on the AT& T network brought me no issues pretty much a standard experience was had here. The rear facing speaker on the other hand, despite the less than ideal placement, is actually a pretty decent performer, quite loud but not too rich while able to really showcase the lows pretty well, which is not always the case with most phone speakers.

Speaker placement

The speaker placement is not ideal as it is placed where your fingers normally hold the phone. Covering the speaker with the finger effectively stifles the sound, however you can be careful with your finger placement or set your device down to get around that.

The Huawei P7 Camera

Huawei p7 selfie

Huawei’s focus on self portraits was really made known in the P6 and it continues here.

Huawei actually worked with Sony to get the best camera technology available to provide a 13 megapixel sensor that they use in their camera. This technology beats the HTC One M8 that only boasts 5 megapixels and the Galaxy S5 that only has a 2 megapixel camera.

Let’s talk about the rear facing camera, 13 megapixels are what you work with your in the perform about as well as you would expect them to. The photos are of a particularly stunning quality for a phone, and the colors are really vibrant with low noise levels. The images have a nice-looking depth in addition to their high resolution and color quality.

Front Facing Camera

The front facing camera’s selfie abilities are exceptional. Forget blurry selfies. This is the real deal for serious selfie takers and snapchatters who want high resolution selfies and to always snap their best face forward.

The front facing camera is a powerful 8-megapixel shooter really hoping to please anyone who loves taking self-portraits. It’s a pretty powerful camera on its own but a couple tools added in to help make the most of the self-portrait experience. Beautify helps to soften your skin at the expense of some detail though so if that is your thing that is available.
Photo App

The photo app even has a built-in beauty mode which you can adjust from a 0 up to 10 intensity.The beauty mode smooths out wrinkles and increases skin radiance, you just have to be careful not to use too high of an intensity or it becomes blatantly obvious that your skin is too glowy and wrinkle free, not to mention too pixelated with not enough detail. It does add a nice boost for when you’re a little tired-looking or have some tiny unwanted imperfections that you don’t want your selfie to reflect.

A box on the top right will show you where to look for a proper perspective in and a panorama mode lets you tilt the phone and piece together three photos for a wider look for group shots or wide nature landscape views.

The front facing camera differentiates this Huawei P7 phone from others of its kind – if you really love to take selfies, you get high quality, high megapixel photographs, but then again not all of us do.

The camera app keeps things pretty simple with just six button elements in the viewfinder, filters to choose from, and modes including HDR, best photos, and Panorama. Now what I really did like about the camera experience was the super-fast ultra snapshot through which you can get a really quick photo from standby via a quick double press up the volume down button. It doesn’t take the time to focus on a subject however so that is the tradeoff for a 1.3 second picture taking speed.

Huawei P7 Software & Interface


huawei p7 colors

It runs on the Android 4.4 KitKat, which is Google’s most recent operating system, however Huawei has heavily customized this interface making it unique from most others using the standard version.
It has done this in part with the emotion UI which returns once again in a very colorful and quite pleasing manner. I had mentioned before that the lack of transitions makes for real snappy experience though the notification dropdown doesn’t quite exhibit this as well.


Still it makes for one of the nicer Chinese interfaces around. What does stand out here is the unusual Chinese interface trobe – the lack of an app drawer which means you have to organize your apps into folders. But ultimately motion UI looks like a pretty simple skin over what is essentially the Android KitKat what with the simple recent app screen and the easy to navigate settings area.

The home screen comes with the weather, music, gallery and Google search widgets already pre-loaded and there are a lot of options to customize the display, screen and touch option environment. You also have the option to add many shortcuts such as easy access to taking notes, music, or texting.

An often overlooked setting that can transform your Huawei phone experience is the setting ‘Simple’ which you can find in the settings menu. This will transform the normal Android phone experience into an experience that is more similar to Windows phones, making the icons and text larger for those who may not have as good of eyesight or like more eye-catching icons. This is one of the many options for customization.

Huawei’s own addition serves a good purpose is to in particular a phone manager that provides all the tools needed to accelerate the phone by closing background apps, freeing up space by deleting files and much more that are listed one it can scan the entire phone for issues and list them off. Anyone nit-picky about what goes on in their phone will have that extra sense of control with the phone manager. Easily my favorite aspect of the emotion UI is the easy mode where everything is presented in large buttons on an attractive grid. It manages to provide everything that is needed while staying minimalistic and keeping things pretty tight.

All these elements are able to be easily customized in the themes application. Not only other a slew a built-in teams already available you can easily tweak any single aspect from within the actual application. So in the end the lack of an app drawer for anyone used to having one in their Android will find quite a bit too like in this snappy take on it. The low price does put it somewhat below the price point of current mainstream phones, but it is up to you whether or not you want to go out on a limb to pay the full price for a phone for a new Huawei P7, or go for the even cheaper used version.

I do find myself enjoying this one mostly because its ease of use both on the outside with a slim and light profile and on the inside with aspects like the easy mode, but while I did find quite a bit to like about this phone. When you look at the whole package you do find a smartphone that succeeds in bringing power function and accessibility in a fairly unassuming way, along with a stylish design, and the highest performing selfie camera in the market that also takes high resolution, gorgeous regular photographs as well.

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I hope you enjoyed this review of the Huawei P7 and that you may have gleaned from this review that there are a lot of things to like about this phone including the low price-point, awesome hardware and performance, nice functionality and beautifully functioning camera.

Thao Nyugen
As editor in chief, Thao Nguyen is responsible for the editorial direction, media platforms, and business strategy of Technology Review.