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Huawei Ascend Mate 7 in the test

In Europe two years ago still almost unknown, Huawei has gained not only awareness, but also ranked third in terms of conquered worldwide Zopo Mobile Online Store Smartphone sales. It has helped not only an usually good price performance ratio, but also a competitive equipment, as well as the one or the other interesting detail. With the Ascend Mate 7, now is the latest model in the wings, whose testing revealed some surprise.

This don't be bother to hide this, the Chinese but apply them partly offensively. Knowing that only a good price is no longer sufficient to make hard life incumbent providers. Also Samsung and co. feel the pressure exerted by Huawei - and other hitherto unknown manufacturer? Because in times where current components are also smaller providers, can no one treat yourself to stop and only refer to past successes.

The first surprise is revealed may immediately after unpacking the Ascend mate 7. Because where the competition with each change of generations makes the display of a few tenths inches taller, Huawei goes the opposite way. The two predecessors with 6.1-inch display came along, it brings the new model on "mere" 6.0 inch. At the same time however has raised the resolution to 1920 x 1080 pixels, which a pixel density of 368 ppi is reached. Thus it is rated 6 or Nokia Lumia on a level with equal-sized competitors such as the ASUS FonePad 1520, with a Galaxy, you can note 4 (515 ppi) Note 3 (386 ppi) or Galaxy but can't keep up with. But: At normal distance between Smartphone and the eye is not to recognize a difference.

More important are the measurements that are almost all very good. So the backlight at maximum setting reaches up to 427 cd/m2, even at the darkest point still 393 cd/m2 are available, what a very uniform illumination - the homogeneity is 92 percent - means. This display in white areas offers a color temperature by an average of about 7,200 Kelvin, which although above of the ideal (6500 k), a cast is not recognize; in the device settings, you can select other temperatures on request. This and the contrast of 1.348: 1 display content even in very bright environments can be easily read off, only in direct sunlight clearly goes back the recognition.

Huawei in the SoC has made a big step forward. Put the 5-inch flagship Ascend P7, which came in may in the trade, the outdated self-development Kirin 910 T with their four CPU cores, in the Ascend Mate 7 which also comes from the in-house originating solution Kirin 925 used. The new chip relies on eight CPU cores plus a co processor that deals with include the collection and preliminary processing of sensor data. The SoC according to arm Big.Little architecture is built: four cortex-A7 cores fast up to 1.3 GHz take less demanding tasks, four cortex-A 15-cores, however, deal with up to 1.8 GHz to sophisticated things. It is made of the SoC in the now usual 28-nm process. Him to the side, Huawei provides 2 GB or 3 GB GB memory, the larger RAM is there but only in combination with 32 GB internal memory; the basic model, which was also for the test available, comes out with 2 and expandable 16 GB.

While one is in terms of basic SoC design on par with Qualcomm and other manufacturers, Huawei in the cellular modem can bring all his experience as network equipment manufacturers. While currently only LTE can offer most competitors after cat 4 and thus with up to 150 Mbps downstream, of course Ascend Mate 7 already on Cat 6? Thus, users with up to 300 Mbps per second on the Internet can surf and transfer data. But not only in terms of the maximum data rates CAT 6 advantages, benefit also the average speeds. Because the standard foresees that by carrier aggregation, the multiple frequency blocks and towers can be used simultaneously. Although currently not a German wireless provider LTE offers CAT 6, basically the Ascend Mate 7 However supports all in this country used LTE bands (3, 7, and 20 / 1800, 2600, 800 MHz).