Huawei Confirm Carphone Warehouse To Stock Ascend G7 In The UK

The Huawei Ascend G7 was announced last year as an affordable, mid-range device. The device is based around a 5.5-inch, 720p resolution screen and is powered by a quad core, 64-bit, 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor backed up by 2 GB of RAM. There's 16 GB of RAM Plus a MicroSD card, which supports cards of up to 64 GB in capacity. Around the back there's a 13MP rear facing camera, a 5MP front facer, plus a Category 4 4G LTE radio and a 3,000 mAh battery. The G7 runs Android 4.4 Kit Kat under the Huawei Emotion 3.0 User Interface and it has a secret weapon: this particular Ascend is built from a unibody metal chassis, which is under 8mm thick. There are plastic inserts at the back for the antennas, so arguably the G7 isn't quite as premium as say the HTC One, but we are splitting hairs here.

We've received news today that Huawei is planning on selling the Ascend G7 into the United Kingdom via high street retailer Carphone Warehouse. It'll be available next month, although an exact date isn't yet known. What we do know, however, is the price: £149.99 and the color options; silver, gold and grey. For the money, this looks like an excellent value device - you're getting a commendable mid-range specification device with a new generation 64-bit processor backed up by plenty of RAM. The device has a couple of refinements that you might not necessarily expect from a mid-range device in the form of NFC and FM Radio

Where the Huawei Ascend G7 might not compare with the competition is in the screen resolution respect, because a 5.5-inch, 720p resolution display isn't as sharp as today's 1080p or 1440p, 5.0-inch devices. Depending on what you are used to, this may or may not be an issue: it's a similar resolution to my Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and I only notice a difference in screen sharpness when I compare it side by side with a newer flagship model. There are a couple of important side effects of this relatively low resolution: performance and battery life. Having fewer pixels for the hardware to move around the screen means that it performs better and uses less power.

Are you in the market for a mid-range device? Would the relatively low resolution bother you? Or would the rest of the device make up for this? Let us know in the comments below.

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David Steele

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I grew up with 8-bit computers and moved into PDAs in my professional life, using a number of devices from early Windows CE clamshells and later. Today, my main devices are a Nexus 5X, a Sony Xperia Z Tablet and a coffee cup.