Is bigger always better?
That is the question here, as the Huawei Ascend Mate 7 is one of the biggest phablets on the market. Additionally, the devices comes with pretty decent features, more or less the same as the iPhone 6 Plus. Is it a good idea to buy a less popular phone even though it has perfectly competitive specs?
Design and Display
Most popular Android smartphones fall behind Apple in the design department, mostly because of the build material. The Ascend Mate 7 is an exception, since it uses exactly the same metal for the build, aluminum. For those seeking a larger phablet, Huawei’s device features a 6 inches IPS LCD screen display, with resolution common for the high end smartphones, set at 1080x1920pixels. The density is a bit lower due to the larger screen. Apple’s device, on the other hand, offers just 5.5 inch Retina screen display and produces resolution of 1920x1080pixels and density of 401ppi. One of the problems with the Huawei Ascend Mate 7 is the bulk. The phone is simply larger and bulkier. With measurements set at 157x81x7.9 and weight of 185 grams, the device is both heavier and thicker. The measurements of the iPhone 6 Plus are 158x78x7.1 weighting 172 grams, making the device handier.
Hardware and Operating System
The Huawei Ascend Mate 7 uses a rather uncommon chipset for Android devices. The handset is powered by HiSilicone Kirin 925 octa core processor clocked at 1.8GHz. The RAM memory depends on the storage version. The 16GB version comes with 2 GB RAM memory, while the 32GB version has 3GB of RAM memory. An added bonus is the microSD slot, with which users can add more memory space, up to 128GB. The iPhone 6 Plus has a 64bit A8 chip, which is an improvement over most of the chipsets out there. The dual core processor is clocked at 1.4GHz and supported by 1GB RAM memory. The device can be bought with 16, 64 or 128 GB built in memory.
The OS found on the Ascend Mate 7 is the Android 4.4 KitKat, with the Emotion UI 3.0 integrated. The iPhone 6 Plus runs on the iOS 8, and has several added features, namely the HealthKit and HomeKit applications. Both devices have NFC chip. One of the advantages Huawei claims to have is the fingerprint sensor. The company promises to deliver the best sensor on the market, which works even with wet hands.
The Ascend Mate 7 doesn’t deliver a rear camera that gets users excited. The standard 13-MP sensor with flash can take photos of 4128×3096 pixels. There are not much special features. However, the front facing camera is a different story. The 5-MP sensor is excellent for selfie pictures, and can record videos at 720p. For quite some time now, Apple uses the 8-MP rear sensor and at the moment, there is no need for changes. The camera has been improved with a dual LED flash and takes some of the best snaps found on the internet.
The Ascend Mate 7 delivers one of the best batteries on the market. With a 4100 mAh battery capacity, the tablet sized battery of the device can last two days with mixed use. The iPhone 6 on the other hand, comes with 2915 mAh battery, capable of delivering 14 hours of internet usage or talk time.
It is hard to imagine how a device can deliver excellent performances, and yet be priced so lower than competitors. Well, Huawei is Chinese product and those are usually cheaper. With a price of $500 for the 16 GB version and $600 for the 32GB version, the device is a lot cheaper than the starting price of the iPhone 6 Plus, which is set at $750.
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