Huawei Ascend P7-L00 (Dual SIM with 4G/LTE support)
Well, this time comes in a review of a device not based on a MediaTek platform. Huawei, the Chinese multinational networking and telecommunications equipment and services company, has recently released the dual SIM variant of its flagship – Ascend P7-L00.
As a sidenote, Huawei has reached the third place in smartphone sales ranking last year. The company is also facing competition from other Chinese competitors, including Lenovo, Xiaomi and ZTE, being the first places occupied by Apple and Samsung.
Name: HiSilicon Kirin 910T CPU: Quad-core 1.8 GHz ARM Cortex™-A9 GPU: ARM Mali-450 MP4 Instruction set: ARMv7
Embedded:OS: Android 4.4.2 (KitKat) with Emotion UI 2.3
Dimensions(width x height x depth): 140 x 68.8 x 7.2 millimetres Weigth: 126 grams (battery included) Color: Black / White / Pink / Gold
Capacity: 2500 mAh
RAM:capacity: 2 GB ROM-capacity: 16 GB Expansion slot: microSD memory card, supporting up to 64 GB
Primary phone: GSM850, GSM900, GSM1800, GSM1900, UMTS850, UMTS900, UMTS1900, UMTS2100, FDD-LTE1800 (B3), FDD-LTE2100 (B1), TDD-LTE2600 (B41) Secondary phone: GSM850, GSM900, GSM1800, GSM1900 Data links: GPRS, EDGE, UMTS, HSPA, HSPA+, FDD-LTE, TDD-LTE
Type: IPS-LCD capacitive touchscreen Size: 5.0 inches, FHD resolution (1080 x 1920 pixels) Protection: Corning Gorilla glass
Main (rear): 13.0 megapixels with autofocus and single LED flash Secondary (front): 8.0 megapixels
Bluetooth (802.15): Bluetooth 4.0 + Enhanced Data Rate Wireless LAN / Wi-Fi (802.11): IEEE 802.11b/g/n USB: USB 2.0 Client, Hi-Speed (480 Mbit/s)USB Series Micro-B (Micro-USB) connector
Built-in GPS module: Included GPS antenna: Internal Complementary GPS services: A-GPS (Assisted GPS), GLONASS
Sensors: Gravity, Proximity, Light, Gyroscope and Magnetic field sensors Analog Radio: FM radio (87.5-108 MHz) with RDS radio receiver Others: Dedicated LED for notification of missed calls / new messagesDual SIM Full Active
Huawei P7 follows the exact same design as its predecessor – Hauwei P6, apart from the screen dimensions. It’s thin, with a metallic banded edge that’s extremely reminiscent of the sort of design feature Apple introduced to the world with the iPhone 4.
Once you take phone out of its high-end cardboard box, the wow factor is there. The back is definitely quite pretty. One piece of glass covers a spangly mesh effect back, where a Huawei logo proudly sits.
Although, the glass back is very slippery. Place the phone over any surface that’s not totally flat and will slide off it, as there’s no protruding plastic or rubber surround to give the glassy rear any grip.
The USB connector is placed at the bottom of the device, making it much easier to hold the thing in front of your face when it’s plugged in and charging. The headphone socket sits right at the top of the phone.
There are no soft-buttons on the bezel anymore, taking advantage of Android’s navigation bar. The volume rocker is placed on the right edge, right above the unusual power button, which is rounded.
This phone sports a 5-inch display running at the full HD resolution of 1080 x 1920, with the in-house (not-Qualcomm) 1.8GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM and 4G / LTE support for use with speedy SIM cards.
One of its major features is the unprecedent 8 MP front-facing facing camera, which means a huge selling point for those who enjoy taking selfies, or just after a more impressive Skype video chat experience. The images taken by this secondary camera completely shame the image quality produced by main cameras of plenty of other smartphones.
The 1080p screen is another good feature. At maximum brightness, has more than enough contrast and brightness to make text readable outdoors, even in bright sunlight, and videos appear great.
The phone comes pre-installed with Android 4.4.2. On top of that, Huawei added its own customizations, sticking its Emotion UI, a system that removes the standard Android app drawer and replaces it with an iOS-style emphasis on the home screen.
Here are some screenshots and details of the most important features with a special detail of the dual SIM functionality.
At first, those who are used to the pure Android user interface, may be shocked by the lack of the app drawer, but it only takes a few days to get used to it and to actually like it. A couple of folders can be used to hide unwanted and unremovable apps, plus it’s quite nice to know there’s only one place to look for all your stuff.
The pull-down notifications tab is the other core pillar of Android, and here Huawei’s fiddled just a little. There is a collection of five toggles (which can be customized) that sits at the top when you first pull down the notifications blind, with another pull on the button area revealing more controls – and useful quick access to a screen brightness slider. A separate menu lets you rearrange the order in which this appears.
The phone obviously supports tethering and portable hotspot feature, letting the user share mobile data connection through USB or over a wireless (Wi-Fi or even Bluetooth) network.
For some unexplained reason, the phone doesn’t include the native support for storage encryption, which can still be overcome with the use of third party apps.
Huawei Ascend P7 is thin, it’s smooth and reliable for the most part, it has a camera that’s about as good as you can reasonably expect from a phone. If you’re looking for a reliable Dual SIM smartphone from a well known, then go for this one.
- Incredibly slim and light
- Fantastic front camera
- Lack of support for native storage encryption