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First Look: Huawei's P7 is a skinny but uninspiring Android-KitKat phone
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First Look: Huawei's P7 is a skinny but uninspiring Android-KitKat phone

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A decent, slender all-round phone, but unimpressive specs don't do much to put it above the competition.

[MUSIC] I'm Andrew Hoyle for CNET and I'm here taking a look at the Huawei Ascend P7. A five inch Android kick-ass smart phone with an extremely skinny body. By looks alone there's not a whole lot to separate the Ascend P7 from last year's P6. It's physically a little larger, but it's still incredibly skinny at only 6.5 mill thick. The metal back panel has been replaced with glass. Maintains a rounded bottom, and it has the same metal iPhone 4 style [UNKNOWN] around the edge. The gas pedals help it make it look pretty classy although it's very difficult to tell the front from the back when it's in your pocket, which can be frustrating. And its lightweight makes it feel a bit cheap. On the upside, Huawei has moved the headphone jack from the stupid spot on the side, to a much more sensible place on the top. The five inch display has a full HD resolution, which makes icons and small text look crisp, while its fair brightness and decent colors makes Netflix shows perfectly watchable. Inside, it's running Android 4.4.2 KitKat, although you can't really tell as while we have heavily skinned it with it's emotion UI skin. It's not one of my favorite Android skins largely because it's done away with the app tray, meaning you have to keep all apps and widgets scattered on the home screens which can be very awkward and cluttered. It is customizable with themes though, and there's a simplified version if you're not too familiar with Android. It's running on a 1.8 gigahertz quad-core chip, which is slower than the 2.3 gigahertz chips you'll find in Sony and Samsung's top-end phone, and as such it didn't perform nearly as well on benchmark test. It has enough power for day-to-day tasks though and handles gaming adequately. The only time I really noticed the slowdown, was when I had to wait several seconds for it to render large photos onscreen. Around the back is a 13-megapixel camera with an 8-megapixel camera on the front. That's a lot of pixels for a front camera. It was clear that this phone is geared toward selfie lovers. The 2500 milli-amp an hour battery meanwhile should keep going for a day if you're careful about what you're doing with the phone. Although the Ascend P7 is certainly skinny and it's not too expensive, it's unimpressive power and sometimes awkward interface makes it an acceptable albeit a bit of an uninspiring choice. If you can find the P7 on a subsidized contract with a good deal, it's worth a look, but some of last year's flagships could be a better choice for the money. I'm Andrew Hoyle for CNET and this is the Huawei Ascend P7.

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