Huawei Ascend Mate7 review: Stargazer


GSMArena team, 17 October 2014.

Updated image gallery

The Ascend Mate7's gallery app has been updated with a new Timeline view, which sorts your images by the date you've taken them. It defaults to the Timeline view, but you can opt for the standard Album view with all of your images sorted in different albums.

Opening a single image lets you quickly delete or rotate it, as well as gives you some basic sharing options (including streaming it over DLNA).

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The Gallery app • Viewing an image

You can also go into a more capable editor with options for light and exposure adjustments (so you can bring out the shadows or the highlights), filters and beauty enhancements (which detects faces automatically).

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The image editor is quite capable

Video player

When it came to playing videos, the Huawei Ascend Mate7 default player does a good job supporting every common video codec, but unfortunately it lacks support for AC3 audio.

We couldn't find a way to load subtitles, but Dolby Mobile enhancement is supported.

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The video player offers poor subtitle support

Music player with Dolby Mobile

The Huawei Ascend Mate7 comes with Huawei's custom music player app. It offers four default playlists - songs, artists, albums, folders. You can create your own playlists, too.

The Now Playing screen is pretty standard, it offers album art and lyrics. You can toggle Dolby Mobile by tapping the icon on the top left, but there are no additional equalizer presets or custom equalizer settings.

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The Music player

FM radio

The Huawei Ascend Mate7 has a built-in FM receiver. It can play through the headset or the loudspeaker, but you'll need to have the headset plugged in as it serves as an antenna. We were disappointed not to find RDS support - you'll have to name your radio stations by hand.

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The FM Radio also has a notification area shortcut

Audio output is excellently clean but quiet

The Huawei Ascend Mate7 did excellently in the active external audio test, posting great scores and showing no weaknesses to its performance. The only thing to potentially frown at is its sub-par volume, but quality-wise it's right up with there with the best.

Impressively enough, plugging in a pair of headphones causes a very minor increase in stereo crosstalk - in this scenario the Ascend Mate7 ranks even better compared to the competition, which often see more degradation. Alas, the volume is below average here too, so we can't really say it's the best phablet for audio playback, but we can certainly promise you it will play every track the way its authors meant it to sound.

And here go the results so you can see for yourselves.

TestFrequency responseNoise levelDynamic rangeTHDIMD + NoiseStereo crosstalk
Huawei Ascend Mate7+0.07, -0.01- 0.012-82.5
Huawei Ascend Mate7 (headphones attached)+0.09, -0.03-91.591.40.034 0.064-77.4
Samsung Galaxy Note 4+0.01, -0.04-96.693.40.0015 0.0086-94.2
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (headphones attached)+0.03, -0.02-96.893.50.011 0.035-55.2
Apple iPhone 6 Plus+0.04, -0.04-
Apple iPhone 6 Plus (headphones attached)+0.10, -0.04-
HTC One Max+0.14, -0.14-93.893.80.0009 0.015-94.1
HTC One Max (headphones attached)+0.26, -0.02-93.693.60.026 0.080-80.4
LG G Pro 2+0.02, -0.23-93.894.20.0040 0.029-93.3
LG G Pro 2 (headphones attached)+0.07, -0.02-93.793.40.050 0.039-73.5

Huawei Ascend Mate7 frequency response
Huawei Ascend Mate7 frequency response

You can learn more about the tested parameters and the whole testing process here.

Reader comments

  • Nyaquimah

My Sim two its not reading

  • Anonymous

Same to it doesn't show my simcard and I don't know why I can't buy again

  • Bebo

DO NOT BUY IT I bought it on 2015, Screen had some minor issues that after i started turning it on, Shop said must go to warranty, even though it just comes out of the box. So saved the hassle and lived with it. Now Battery is draining like crazy...