huawei-mate-7-review-22Marketed as a great phone with an excellent battery life, at an affordable price (a recurring Huawei theme), the Huawei Ascend Mate 7 ($600) is one of the most desirable phone in China right now, and has been out of stock for some time, while Huawei is scrambling to ramp up production to meet demand (2M sold thus far). As of last week, Huawei employees in China kept being asked by their friends: “can you help me get a Mate 7?”. In fact, most can’t even get one for themselves.

The success of the phone is bigger than anyone at Huawei anticipated, even for President Kevin Ho, the leader of the handset business. He told me in Shanghai that he wished he had foreseen the demand in order to be able to meet it (it’s always a perilous exercise and he stayed on the cautious side). So what makes the Huawei Mate 7 tick, and is it really as good as it sounds, or just a success based on preferences specific to Chinese users? I’ve had one for a few months now, so here’s what I think you should know about it… read on.

Context

Before I dive into the review, I’ll tell you how I use my phones, since mu usage conditions my point of view, experience and ultimately… conclusion on what they are worth. I try to keep my mind open to the fact that YOU will not use it the same way, but there’s an undeniable bias that comes with each unique usage model, so we’d better recognize it and put it out there.

I mostly use my phone to keep in touch with text communication (emails/chat/SNS), news (apps, sites) and mobile photography. Occasionally, I’d listen to music during a flight, but I rarely watch full movies or play games.

Regarding this device, it is important to keep in mind that it was launched at a price of $600 (no contract), which is a bit less than the Note 4 and the iPhone 6+ ($749), but more than the Galaxy S5. I’ll compare the Mate 7 with these two phones, not because they occupy the exact same market, but because they do share some commonalities, and because most readers are more likely to have been exposed to them.

Filed in Cellphones >Reviews. Read more about Android, Ascend Mate 7 and Huawei.

Display
6"
1920x1080
IPS LCD
367 PPI
Price
~$-1 - Amazon
Camera
13 MP
F Aperture F-Stop
Weight
185 g
Battery
4100 mAh
Launched in
2014-09-01
System
2GB RAM
Kirin 925 + MicroSD
Storage (GB)
16
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