Huawei’s ‘good for a mid-range’ Ascend G7 tested (Wired UK)


Katie Collins


The all-metal Huawei Ascend G7 has sprung to life at IFA in Berlin and looks set to bring an
attractive package of goodies to the discerning mid-range phone
buyer.

Despite being made from aluminium, the Ascend G7 is a light,
sleek device with a matte finish that feels very pleasant to hold.
It has a more premium finish than many of Huawei’s products, and
its distinctive rounded corners set it apart from other all-metal
phones.

The lineup of specs is pleasing too, if not mind-blowing. Inside
is a Qualcomm 1.2GHz quad-core processor with 2GB of RAM. There’s
16GB of in-built storage, which can be expanded by up to 64GB with
a microSD card. The 5.5-inch screen has a 1,280×720-pixel
resolution. It’s on the large side to be sure, but the 3,000mAh
battery tucked inside the G7 should mean it doesn’t sap the juice
too quickly.

On the back is a 13-megapixel camera with a Sony sensor and f2.0
aperture. The front of the phone is equipped with a 5-megapixel
snapper that offers some self-portraiture assistance in the form of
a panoramic selfie mode and selfie window.


Katie Collins


The Ascend G7 is only a minuscule step down from Huawei’s
flagship Ascend P7 that was unveiled in June, and we’re actually
more impressed with the newer phone’s design. It’s really pretty
good for a mid-range smartphone. It should go on sale around
November time, and while no prices have been officially announced,
you can expect to be able to pick it up SIM-free for around £250 –
a decent price for a phone we’re impressed with so far.

Huawei bets on the mid-range

Huawei also unveiled two budget smartphones at IFA,
aimed at bringing 4G speeds to the lower
end of the market.

The Ascend G620S and Ascend Y550 both pack 1.2GHz
quad-core processors and 1GB of RAM and are almost identical in
many respects.


Katie Collins


The bigger of the phones, the G620S, sports a 5-inch
HD screen with an 8-megapixel camera on the back and a 2-megapixel
counterpart on the front. Despite being a vast improvement on
budget Android phones of old with a non-scratchy leather back and
decent looks, it feels quite heavy in the hand.


Katie Collins


The Y550 is smaller with only a 4.5-inch screen that
offers a paltry 480×854 resolution. It is designed to be an even
cheaper version of the relatively successful EE Kestrel phone that Huawei built,
however, so it’s to be expected that the phone isn’t decked out
with high-end components. The metal-effect plastic is by no means
unpleasant, and Huawei have made a little go a fair way in terms of
design.

The 8GB G6S02 should be priced roughly between
£150-200 and the 4GB Y550 will cost less than £100. Both phones
have expandable storage — thank goodness — and are set to go on
sale in October.

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4 September 2014 | 1:00 pm – Source: wired.co.uk

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