Huawei Ascend P7 review: Looking strong

GSMArena team, 07 May 2014.

Synthetic benchmarks

The Ascend P7 is powered by Huawei's own HiSilicon Kirin 910T chipset. The 910T utilizes four 1.8GHz Cortex-A9 cores, a Mali-450 MP GPU, 2GB of RAM, and has an integrated LTE modem. The Cortex A9 cores are already a dated piece of tech, but the quad-core setup should theoretically be quite capable of keeping Android running smoothly, even on a 1080p screen. Huawei has used a 28nm manufacturing process for the chipset and thus it runs noticeable cooler than their HiSilicon K3V2 chipset used in the Ascend P6. The Ascend P6 was notorious for easily overheating under load but this time around this has been taken care of.

With thermal performance out of the way, all that is left is to see the chipset fares in terms of performance.

Starting off with the CPU benchmarks, the Ascend P7 posted some mid-range numbers, quite expected for this processor. The single-core performance is slightly better when compared to other Cortex-A9-powered devices such as the Galaxy Note II

Benchmark Pi

Lower is better

  • LG G Flex
    99
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3
    99
  • LG G2
    99
  • Sony Xperia Z1 Compact
    104
  • Sony Xperia Z1
    115
  • Sony Xperia Z Ultra
    115
  • HTC One (M8)
    121
  • Samsung Galaxy S5
    128
  • HTC One Max
    131
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (Octa)
    132
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (S600)
    132
  • LG G Pro 2
    141
  • LG Nexus 5
    146
  • HTC One
    151
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 mini
    166
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo
    183
  • Alcatel Idol X+
    211
  • Huawei Ascend P7
    271
  • Samsung Galaxy Note II
    305
  • Alcatel One Touch Hero
    308
  • Huawei Ascend Mate
    347
  • Huawei Ascend P6
    348
  • LG Optimus G
    353
  • Sony Xperia C
    374
  • Motorola Moto G
    392
  • Sony Xperia M
    400
  • LG Nexus 4
    431
  • Samsung Galaxy Core LTE
    466
  • Nokia X
    676

The Ascend P7 posted excellent results on the multi-core GeekBench 3 cross-platform benchmark. The score might not be among the best of the best, but the Ascend P7 manages to beat most of the quad-core Krait and Krait 300 performers, which is quite impressive.

Geekbench 3

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy S5
    3011
  • Sony Xperia Z1 Compact
    2968
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3
    2937
  • Alcatel Idol X+
    2842
  • Sony Xperia Z Ultra
    2670
  • Sony Xperia Z1
    2638
  • LG G Pro 2
    2585
  • Apple iPhone 5s
    2561
  • LG Nexus 5
    2453
  • HTC One (M8)
    2367
  • LG G Flex
    2254
  • LG G2
    2243
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo
    2172
  • HTC One
    1972
  • Huawei Ascend P7
    1895
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (S600)
    1869
  • LG Optimus G
    1465
  • Alcatel One Touch Hero
    1321
  • Huawei Ascend P6
    1315
  • LG Nexus 4
    1288
  • Motorola Moto G
    1120
  • Sony Xperia C
    1079
  • Oppo R819
    1047
  • HTC One mini
    887
  • Samsung Galaxy Core LTE
    647
  • Samsung Galaxy Ace 3
    564
  • Nokia X
    421

Quadrant and AnTuTu are compound benchmarks which also take into account RAM and GPU performance. Quadrant's score is rather unimpressive, while AnTuTu's numbers are quite good, once again on par with the quad-core Krait and Krait 300 smartphones.

Quadrant

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy S5
    25044
  • HTC One (M8)
    25035
  • Sony Xperia Z1 Compact
    21618
  • LG G Flex
    20521
  • Alcatel Idol X+
    20420
  • Sony Xperia Z1
    20388
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3
    20052
  • LG G Pro 2
    20010
  • LG G2
    19815
  • Sony Xperia Z Ultra
    18177
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (Octa)
    12446
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (S600)
    12376
  • LG Optimus G Pro
    12105
  • HTC One
    11746
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo
    11404
  • LG Nexus 5
    8844
  • Huawei Ascend P7
    7781
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 mini
    7153
  • HTC One mini
    6048
  • Sony Xperia V
    5816
  • HTC Desire 600 dual sim
    5053
  • Samsung Galaxy Express
    4998
  • Sony Xperia C
    4941
  • Sony Xperia L
    4279
  • Sony Xperia M
    4147
  • Samsung Galaxy Core
    3240
  • Nokia X
    2880

AnTuTu 4

Higher is better

  • HTC One (M8)
    37009
  • Samsung Galaxy S5
    36018
  • LG G Flex
    35831
  • LG G2
    35444
  • Sony Xperia Z1 Compact
    34527
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo
    32162
  • Alcatel Idol X+
    31717
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3
    31109
  • Sony Xperia Z1
    30850
  • LG G Pro 2
    29603
  • Sony Xperia Z Ultra
    29185
  • Samsung Galaxy S4
    27613
  • HTC One
    26389
  • Huawei Ascend P7
    25812
  • LG Nexus 5
    25097
  • Motorola Moto G
    17214
  • LG Optimus G
    16943
  • Huawei Ascend Mate
    15714
  • Alcatel One Touch Hero
    15667
  • Oppo Find 5
    15167
  • Sony Xperia C
    13948
  • Samsung Galaxy Core LTE
    13109
  • Sony Xperia M
    9902
  • Nokia X
    7514

The graphics benchmark results didn't come out that hot though. The GFXBench tests - both off-screen and on-screen variants - reflected some very poor performance.

GFX Benchmark 2.7 T-Rex (1080p off-screen)

Higher is better

  • HTC One (M8)
    28.4
  • Samsung Galaxy S5
    27.8
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3
    26.3
  • LG Nexus 5
    23
  • Sony Xperia Z1
    23
  • Sony Xperia Z Ultra
    23
  • Apple iPhone 5s
    23
  • LG G Pro 2
    22.9
  • Sony Xperia Z1 Compact
    22
  • LG G Flex
    22
  • LG G2
    22
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (S600)
    17.1
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (Octa)
    17.1
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo
    15
  • Huawei Ascend P7
    12.3
  • Alcatel Idol X+
    10.9
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 mini
    6.4

GFX Benchmark 2.7 T-Rex (1080p on-screen)

Higher is better

  • Apple iPhone 5s
    37
  • Sony Xperia Z1 Compact
    34
  • LG G Flex
    33
  • HTC One (M8)
    30.1
  • Samsung Galaxy S5
    28.1
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3
    26.7
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo
    25
  • LG G Pro 2
    24.1
  • LG Nexus 5
    24
  • LG G2
    23.1
  • Huawei Ascend P7
    12.4
  • Alcatel Idol X+
    10.6

Web browsing shows the Huawei Ascend P7 does OK on the JavaScript SunSpider test and very good on the compound BrowserMark benchmark.

SunSpider

Lower is better

  • Samsung Galaxy S5
    379
  • Apple iPhone 5s
    403
  • LG G Pro 2
    536
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo
    568
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3
    587
  • Sony Xperia Z Ultra
    750
  • HTC One (M8)
    780
  • LG Nexus 5
    827
  • Sony Xperia Z1
    845
  • Sony Xperia Z1 Compact
    855
  • LG G2
    908
  • Alcatel Idol X+
    931
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (S600)
    1046
  • HTC One
    1174
  • Huawei Ascend P7
    1307
  • Motorola Moto G
    1308
  • Sony Xperia Z
    1336
  • Oppo R819
    1423
  • HTC Butterfly
    1433
  • Alcatel One Touch Hero
    1646
  • Samsung Galaxy Core LTE
    1680
  • Huawei Ascend Mate
    1741
  • Sony Xperia M
    1867
  • Nokia X
    2363
  • Huawei Ascend P6
    3858

BrowserMark 2

Higher is better

  • Apple iPhone 5s
    3549
  • Samsung Galaxy S5
    3529
  • HTC One (M8)
    3213
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo
    3172
  • LG G Pro 2
    3048
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3
    3041
  • LG Nexus 5
    2745
  • LG G2
    2718
  • Sony Xperia Z1 Compact
    2600
  • Alcatel Idol X+
    2534
  • Huawei Ascend P7
    2472
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (S600)
    2438
  • Sony Xperia Z Ultra
    2419
  • Sony Xperia Z1
    2398
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 mini
    2314
  • HTC One
    2262
  • Alcatel One Touch Hero
    2096
  • Sony Xperia Z
    2093
  • LG Optimus G
    2048
  • Sony Xperia C
    1984
  • Sony Xperia L
    1809
  • Nokia X
    1729
  • Sony Xperia M
    1642
  • Samsung Galaxy S III
    1247
  • Samsung Galaxy Core LTE
    1100
  • Huawei Ascend P6
    974
  • Samsung Galaxy S III mini
    714

So, the Kirin 910T chipset turned out quite capable, even exceeding our initial expectations. The Huawei Ascend P7 turned out to be not the underperformer we've been ready to meet, but a snappy and capable device. The chipset, though based on an old technology, is still performing very well in gaming, heavy workflow and web browsing.