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

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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.

Critic reviews

7.8
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  • Reception and call quality
    8.0
  • Display
    8.3
  • Battery life
    6.1
  • Camera
    8.2
  • Ease of use
    7.1
  • Design and form factor
    8.7
  • Portability (size / weight)
    8.4
  • Media support
    8.0
  • Durability
    8.4
  • Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.)

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User reviews

9.0
1 review
  • Reception and call quality
    8.0
  • Display
    10
  • Battery life | 1 comment
    8.0
  • Camera
    10
  • Ease of use
    8.0
  • Design and form factor | 1 comment
    10
  • Portability (size / weight)
    10
  • Media support | 1 comment
    6.0
  • Durability
    8.0
  • Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.) | 1 comment
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Engadget Jul 15, 2014

With the P7, Huawei has crafted a phone that defies its modest price tag. It may not be as powerful as other flagships, but it's better than other handsets that cost about the same.

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8.0
SlashGear May 7, 2014

True, its design feels derivative - I wish Huawei would turn what's clearly a capable hardware team to pushing its own unique aesthetic - but it's an ambitious phone unafraid to take big steps over and above the device that came before it.

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8.0
Pocket-Lint May 13, 2014

Huawei has made a decent smartphone in the Ascend P7. It's a considerable step up from the earlier P6 model thanks to a larger scale 1080p screen and a design that avoids treading into the "oversized" category.

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8.0
PC Advisor May 16, 2014

Huawei has produced a stunning smartphone in the Ascend P7 and this is couple with good value for money with that non-flagship price tag. There's some decent hardware on offer here, particularly the camera but the P7 is let down by software performance issues.

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9.0
phoneArena May 7, 2014

If you are looking for a decent performer with great slim design, and very good screen, call and audio quality, the Ascend P7 should rank high on your list of desirables.

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8.0
T3 May 30, 2014

The Huawei Ascend P7 is a great-value phone, making other premium handsets like the iPhone 5s and HTC One (M8) look pricey. For all that, it lacks the sheer class of those phones and the Huawei operating system isn’t quite as slick as other rivals.

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8.0
PC Pro May 16, 2014

Ultimately, the Ascend P7 marks a big step forward for Huawei, but it’s not the giant-killer we might have hoped for.

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7.0
TechRadar Jun 3, 2014

An uninspiring homage to all phones that came before it, saved by a stonking front cam for the "selfie" crowd and an unbelievably light body.

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6.0
TrustedReviews May 28, 2014

The Huawei Ascend P7 is a bold phone, and the most expensive-looking one the company has made to date. It has a good camera and a fairly good screen, but performance issues and software quirks mean it’s not quite up there with the best.

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8.0
BGR May 7, 2014

If ... Huawei manages to strike a deal to bring the P7 to one or more U.S. carriers, it is absolutely a phone worthy of your consideration.

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First Looks

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Engadget May 7, 2014

All in all, the Huawei P7 is a device where time and effort has mostly been spent fixing the gripes of last generation's hardware. The pre-production model that we used was comfortable in the hand with surprisingly solid build quality.

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CNET May 7, 2014

While the Huawei Ascend P7 has a decent lineup of specs and a super-slim body, it doesn't seem to offer a huge amount to distinguish itself from its competitors.

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Gizmodo May 7, 2014

Though the Ascend P7's software base if Android 4.4 KitKat, the company has once again laid its Emotion skin over the top, here present in its latest version 2.3 form. It'll be quite familiar to seasoned Android owners, though it does come with a few quirks. For starters, there's no app drawer.

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Wired May 7, 2014

The 5-inch display looked gloriously bright and crisp in our brief hands-on time with the phone and with a Full HD 1,920x1,020-pixel resolution (that equates to 445 pixels per inch) this is the perfect device for watching video and gaming with on the go.

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Pocket-Lint May 7, 2014

We're not entirely sold on the level of change that Emotion UI brings, but our first impressions of the Huawei Ascend P7 are good and we look forward to putting this smartphone through its paces.

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PC Advisor May 7, 2014

What we like about Emotion UI is the amount of customisability on offer. There are loads of themes to choose from and download but you can tweak all kinds of aspects to really personalise the software. These include homescreen panel transitions, icons and fonts.

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Pocket-Lint May 7, 2014

We're not entirely sold on the level of change that Emotion UI brings, but our first impressions of the Huawei Ascend P7 are good and we look forward to putting this smartphone through its paces when we've stretched the final review unit that is now in our possession.

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TechRadar May 7, 2014

The Ascend P7 is the best looking and feeling Huawei device to date, and with a decent feature list and competitive price it's a strong mid-tier smartphone. If you're looking for a proper flagship though you'll need to look elsewhere.

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Android Central May 7, 2014

So the P7 is a solid effort, particularly in terms of hardware, where its use of glass sets it apart from some of the plastic-based competition. But it's not as buttery-smooth as the high-end competition.

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PC Pro May 7, 2014

Performance is underwhelming, but the hardware is gorgeous - the Huawei Ascend P7 has promise.

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9to5Mac May 7, 2014

At a glance, this slim 6.5mm device bears a small resemblance to an iPhone, but there’s definitely some noticeable differences going on here. The Ascend P7 features a 5-inch 1080p display, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, a 13-megapixel rear-facing shooter accompanied.

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Expert Reviews May 7, 2014

The phone may not have felt particularly quick, but we were blown away by the screen. The Full HD panel had pure whites and more saturated text than the Xperia Z2's screen, making headlines on web pages very easy to read. It's a highly impressive display.

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9.0
sergiopi sergiopi

Best value/price/design combination I ever seen in Android phone. Leave it on a desk and everyone will ask about it

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