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Huawei Ascend G7

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Huawei Ascend G7

Originally reviewed by Andrew Williams 16 March 2015

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Key features:
  • 5.5-inch, 1,280 x 720 screen
  • 13-megapixel camera with HDR
  • Up to three-day battery life
The Huawei Ascend G7 is a rare beast – it’s a large phone that costs less than £200. Even more extraordinary is that we think the company could get away with selling it at twice the price.

It’s got a 5.5-inch, 1,280 x 720 display, which isn’t the most pixel-packed panel we’ve ever seen on a phone this large. However, it’s accurate and bright. For a cheap smartphone, it’s very well-designed and built partly from premium materials. Aluminium makes up the main bulk of the G7’s rear, and the 7.6mm thickness ensures it’s easy to hold, despite its size.

The cameras are also better than what you’d expect at this price, with the main 13-megapixel sensor featuring HDR. A Snapdragon 410 processor and 2GB of RAM combine to deliver a good level of performance, but battery life is exceptional – you can just about get three days of joy from it.

Price: From £18.50 a month or £199 SIM-free / $369

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