Huawei Ascend P7 officially announced, out this month for €449
The Ascend P7 doesn’t get that crown, but that doesn’t mean it’s a thick beast at all. In fact, the Chinese company says it’s one of the slimmest 4G LTE-capable devices out there. The Ascend P7 comes with many improvements over its predecessor, but it’s no revolutionary step forward. Everything is incremental here, the specs are better but the design has remained very recognizable. The P7 and P6 share their sleek looks, which probably won’t be a problem since the P6’s design was pretty well received last year.
The Huawei Ascend P7 comes with a 5-inch 1080p Full HD touchscreen, a 13 MP rear camera with LED flash, an 8 MP front camera, a 1.8 GHz quad-core HiSilicon Kirin 910T processor, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, microSD card support, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, NFC, and a 2,500 mAh battery. It runs Android 4.4 KitKat with Huawei’s own Emotion UI 2.3 sprinkled on top. Its dimensions are 139.8×68.8×6.5 mm, and it weighs 124 grams.
It will become available this month in black, white, and pink. Pricing is set at €449 unlocked, and the first batch of countries and territories that will get it are China, the UK, Germany, Italy, France, Spain, Portugal, Ireland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Poland, Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia, Serbia, Greece, Norway, Hungary, Denmark, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Austria, Hong Kong, Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and the United Arab Emirates.
At some point in the future it will make it to other places as well, but it’s unclear where exactly. That said, you probably shouldn’t expect it to ever (officially) land in the US, given Huawei’s rocky relationship with the US government.
Compared to the Ascend P6, the P7 has a bigger and higher-res touchscreen, higher resolution cameras (13 MP compared to 8 MP at the rear, and 8 MP, not 5 MP for the front unit), a higher clocked processor (by 300 MHz), and a bigger battery (by 500 mAh, no less). Oh, and the new model also has 4G LTE support, something that the older version lacked.
All in all it seems like a good upgrade, at least on paper. Now let’s see whether it will be a success in terms of sales too.