Huawei is one of the leading forces in the telecommunication sector, but falls behind the competition in the smartphone market.
Most of the devices produced by Huawei do not live up to the expectations the company has for them. The Ascend P7, however, might just be one of the better made devices the company has produced.
Design and Display
Huawei has taken several principles from Sony, especially the Xperia line and implemented in their smartphone. The result is clean, stylish, minimalistic devices with metal perimeter and flat, sharp design. There are no physical buttons on the front of the device. Instead, the power button is located on the left, and the home, back and settings button are touch screen buttons on the display. The downside of the looks is that the sides are square, making the device a little uncomfortable. However, it is not like the iPhone 5S; it is much different in the design. But, Apple’s device does look more beautiful. The main display difference is in the size, with the Ascend P7 delivering a 5 inch display, while the iPhone 5S offers 4 inch screen display. The resolution is also another section where Apple’s device simply doesn’t make the cut. The P7 delivers 1920x1080pixels and 441ppi, much more than the 1136×640 and 326ppi that the iPhone 5S can offer. The P7 is also a whole inch slimmer, with dimensions of the devices set as following: the Ascend P7 – 140x69x6.5 weighting 125 grams; the iPhone 5S – 124x59x7.6 weighting 112 grams.
Hardware and Operating System
The Ascend P7 does not have a premium processor, but it is more powerful than the one found in the 5S. While it cannot compete with some of the premium devices, it sure can, with Apple’s device. The P7 is powered by a quad core processor, clocked at 1.8GHz and comes with 2GB of RAM memory. The iPhone 5 S, on the other hand, features a dual core processor, clocked at 1.3GHz and supported by 1GB RAM memory. The internal memory is something that is a problem with the P7. The device has only 16GB of built in memory storage. There is a support for microSD card, and in this case, it is more of a necessity and less of an optional choice.
While Apple’s device does not offer support for microSD card, it does come in 16, 32 and 64GB versions. It is interesting to see that Huawei has tried to create an OS that bridges some of the benefits of both Android and iOS. The device runs on the Android 4.4 KitKat, but with the Emotion UI which reminiscences the looks a lot like the iOS. For example, there is no app drawer, and all of the applications are placed on the home screen. However, for the pure iOS experience, which is simplistic and easy to operate, Apple delivers the original, not some copy.
The P7 has borrowed the 13-MP sensor from Sony, which is one of the best shooters on the market at the moment. Even more importantly, the device has an 8-MP front facing selfie friendly camera. Apple’s device comes with an 8-MP rear facing camera and a 1.2-MP sensor on the front of the smartphone.
The P7 comes with a lot larger battery than the 5S, which is required to power up the bigger display. The capacity of the battery is set at 2500 mAh, delivering approximately 14 hours of talk time. Apple’s device is equipped with a 1570 mAh battery delivering a maximum of 10 hours of talk time.
Huawei hopes to capture some of the market with the P7, but the price of the device doesn’t look promising. The Ascend P7 is priced at $460, which is a bit more, considering the competition. The iPhone 5S was priced at $500 for a SIM free version, but that was before the launch of the iPhone 6. It is only logical to assume that the price will drop.