Huawei launches the super slim Ascend P7, with an 8-megapixel selfie cam and 4G LTE

Read out full Huawei Ascend P7 review.

Huawei has launched the Ascend P7, its 2014 flagship Android phone, and the follow-up to the Ascend P6 and P6S. It chose the city of Paris to hold its event, a fitting location given the phone’s sleek and fashionable style. Presented by CEO Richard Yu, the Ascend P7 follows the P6’s slim design and measures just 6.5mm thick. The phone is wrapped in an aluminum chassis with Gorilla Glass panels on the front and rear. The glass back covers a neat pattern, which Huawei calls the “spin effect,” giving it an almost laser-cut look.

The Ascend P7 has a 5-inch, 1080p touchscreen with a 445ppi pixel density, up from the 4.7-inch, 720p panel found on the Ascend P6. Powering the phone is a quad-core, 1.8GHz Kirin 920T processor, which is also used in the MediaPad X1 tablet revealed during Mobile World Congress. Around the back of the phone is a 13-megapixel camera sourced from Sony, while the front camera is better than many rear cameras found on other devices. It has a whopping 8-megapixels, a 5-piece lens, and can even shoot panoramic photos and 1080p video.

Huawei Ascend P7Moving on to the memory, the Ascend P7 has 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage space, plus there is a MicroSD card slot to increase this amount. Rumors suggested we’d see a larger battery inside the P7, and sure enough, a 2500mAh cell is onboard to keep the phone going. Like several other top-end phones released this year, such as the HTC One M8, Huawei has given the Ascend P7 a power saving mode. It will only kick in when there’s 10 percent or less of the battery remaining, and shuts down all but the essential services. Huawei says the battery will then stretch itself to last another 24 hours.

Android 4.4 KitKat is installed, and then covered with version 2.3 of Huawei’s Emotion UI. Finally, in a significant upgrade over the P6, the Ascend P7 will connect to 4G LTE networks. The phone will be sold in a variety of colors, including black, white, and pink, and the estimated off-contract price is 450 euros, or around $630. It’s set to be released during the coming month throughout Europe, including the UK, and in Hong Kong, Singapore, and China amongst others. Unsurprisingly, there’s no word on a U.S. launch.

Continue on to page 2 for a recap of all the rumors and news surrounding the Ascend P7 prior to its announcement.

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