CNET First Look
Huawei Ascend Mate 7 is a massive metal mobile with a great batteryThe Huawei Ascend Mate 7 packs a huge 6-inch display, an octa-core processor and an extremely capacious battery into a slim metal body. Check out our video review.
[MUSIC] If you love watching tv and movies on the go then you'll need a screen big enough to do them justice. With a high definition six inch display, Huawei Ascend Mate 7 certainly takes the box. With such a big screen it should be no surprise that this phone is physically massive. It's [INAUDIBLE] sure, but it's basically impossible to use with just one hand. Although the camera on the back is a fingerprint sensor. Now that is positioned exactly where your index finger will naturally sit. And it was able to recognize my prints with a very high level of accuracy, making an actually useful security addition instead of just being a gimmick. The benefit of its vast size is that there's so much screen real estate to really show off your videos. Has a full HD revolution, and is bright and bold, making glossy videos look great. It runs the older Android 4.4.2 KickKat software. But [INAUDIBLE] has made so many changes, you probably won't notice that you're not on the latest version of Android. The biggest change is that there's no app tray, so all your apps and widgets are stored across the multiple home screens. Now, I personally don't like this. I find it tough to keep it neat and organized, and very easy to misplace apps. There are some nice toys, including selectable themes which change everything down to the app icons themselves. And a phone manager that helps you clear out old files and even block calls from unwanted numbers. The big let down, however, is the vast amount of pre-installed bloat ware. You'll find a bunch of games onboard like Asphalt 8 and something called Bubble Bash Mania along with various other tools, which apart from cluttering up the interface. Before you've even downloaded your first app. Also makes the phone a bit more confusing for new Android users to get to grips with. The other benefit of the huge size of the phone is that [INAUDIBLE] has had room to squeeze in a massive battery. And put in a brilliant performance on our battery test, and will easily last the whole day, if not two, if you're more careful about how you use it. The camera on the back has a thirteen megapixel resolution and is capable of taking some great shots with even exposure and plenty of detail, although colors can be a bit muted at times. If you're really into videos and gaming on the go, the Mate Seven's gigantic size will be a real advantage. Its strong battery life is a big plus point too, and it's quite reasonably priced. It's clunky bloated software is a let down, but is still a good choice if you can't afford both a new phone and a new tables. I'm Andrew Hoyle from cnet and this is the Huawei Ascend Mate 7.