Huawei Ascend Mate 7 LTE Smartphone Review

With the Ascend Mate 7, the Chinese manufacturer Huawei is a “scent mark” in the field of large phablets. From the equipment, Huawei makes the 6-inch smartphone a powerful competition with Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and iPhone 6 Plus, which is also about the price. In such cases, the Mate 7 visually has below features: The body is made entirely of metal and 7.9 millimeters, this rather flat. In addition, the edges around the screen are pleasingly narrow: The display does so more than 80 percent of the front. But the top values are inside – especially in LTE CAT6.



Features and characteristics of Huawei Ascend Mate 7
Manufacturer & Name Huawei Ascend Mate 7
Important performance data:
CPU (cores, clock) 1.8GHz & 1.3GHz octa-core (8 cores)
CPU name HiSilicon Kirin 925
random access memory 2 GB
internal memory 16GB (via micro SD card expansion)
operating system Android 4.4 KitKat with Emotion UI 3.0
Display size; resolution 6 inch IPS display with 1080 x Neo-1,920 pixels (386 ppi)
Camera (back and front) 13 MP rear / 5 MP front
Data Transfer:
LTE standards LTE 800/900/1800/2100/2600 MHz
Support of LTE-Advanced Yes
Support LTE following categories CAT6
Dominated VoLTE Yes
wireless Internet access Yes, 802.11a/b/g/n at 2.4 and 5 GHz
Bluetooth Yes, Version 4.0
other standards GPRS; EDGE; UMTS; HSPA; HSPA+
Other key data:
particularities FM radio; Fingerprint scanner
Memory Card | SIM format Micro-SD | Micro-SIM
battery pack 4,100 mAh
Weight; Dimensions (HxWxD) 185 grams; 81 x 157 x 7.9 mm
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Availability and Price
Release in Germany November 2014
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Technical features


The 6-inch IPS screen of the Huawei Ascend Mate 7, solves with Full HD and 1,080 x 1,920 pixels, which is sufficient for a pixel density of 386 ppi for this size. Regarding the processor, Huawei use the octa-core chip like the new Honor 6: The HiSilicon Kirin 925 uses a Cortex-A15 1.8GHz and parallel with a Cortex-A7 1.3GHz.



Large Battery for big tasks


With big screen and eight-core processor, you may worry about the battery less than you think. The battery is in fact sufficient size with 4,100 mAh – no other phablet currently has such a strong and persistent motor. In test mode, the battery working almost two days by holding on average use. Huawei also promises more than 600 hours in standby.


Maximum download speed with LTE Advanced


For the maximum speed on the road, the Ascend Mate 7 brings support for fast LTE Category 6, ie LTE-Advanced. In the LTE network, the user can thus achieve download speeds of up to 300 Mbit/s with a corresponding tariff provided already in several cities. In addition to networking, DLNA and NFC, and Bluetooth 4.0 are present. WLAN is, however, not in the fastest ac version, which already is a bit surprising for a technology-High Flyer on the Mate. 7


As OS 4.4.2 is pre-installed at the current time Android KitKat. Huawei also puts his own user interface Emotion UI 3.0 in the smartphone. While these sorely missing in earlier versions of comfort, the latest software during handling can now nothing to be desired. The RAM is 2 gigabytes as average as the internal memory of only 16 GB. According to Huawei, only a maximum of 32 GB could be inserted to expand the storage.



Fingerprint Scanner, Speaker & Camera



Unlike Samsung, where you can sweep across the screen, the Ascend Mate 7 has a fingerprint scanner on the back, below the camera, which instantly releases the screen when touched. Not so well resolved is the sound, because the only speaker is located on the bottom rear. This is suboptimal, if we assume that many users look at a large Smartlet in landscape mode video and playing games. For Huawei does not compromise on the cameras, the rear with 13 megapixels and 5 MP front provide good results.


Availability & Price

The Huawei Ascend Mate 7 is available in silver and black. Without a contract, it’s now at only 500.00USD now at Lower prices are to be expected in the further.



With the Ascend Mate 7, Huawei is a major success. If you want to a good smartphone with big screen size, Huawei Mate 7 is really budget comparing with Samsung Galaxy S6 or iPhone 6 Pus. Here, the Ascend Mate 7 comes not only Sino-cheap, but also makes in its aluminum dress also optically appealing.


Huawei Honor 6 4G Smartphone

Huawei has its smartphone series “Honor” exported from China to Europe for years. Honor smartphones have upgraded from honor 3 to Honor 3C. Now we get Honor 3C 4G version and the latest Honor 6 smartphone. You can check some technical details about Huawei Honor 6. This reflects the general selling point for Honor 6 smartphone by Chinese manufacturers: The Honor 6 provides just about everything you can expect from a top-device, at a surprisingly low price. The amazing feature is that LTE standard CAT6 the smartphone is also equipped.

Features and characteristics of Huawei Honor 6

Manufacturer and Model Huawei Honor 6
Important performance data:
CPU (cores, clock) Octa-core (8 cores) with 1.3 & 1.7 GHz
CPU name HiSilicon Kirin 920 / ARM Cortex A7 & A15
Main memory 3 GB
internal memory 16 GB (via microSD card expandable)
Operating system Android 4.4.2 KitKat with EmotionUI 2.3
Display size; Resolution 5-inch IPS display with 1,080 x 1,920 pixels (445 ppi)
Camera (back and front) 13 MP rear / 5 MP front
Data transmission:
LTE standards LTE 800 / 1800 / 2100 / 2600 MHz
Support of LTE-Advanced yes
Support LTE  categories CAT6
Dominated VoLTE yes
Wireless Yes, 802.11a/b/g/n at 2.4 and 5 GHz
Bluetooth Yes, Version 4.0
Other standards GPRS; EDGE, UMTS; HSPA; HSPA +
Other data:
Features no NFC; FM radio
Memory Card | SIM format microSD | microSIM
Accumulator 3,100 mAh
Weight; Dimensions (HxWxD) 132 grams; 68.8 x 139.8 x 7.5 mm


Technical Features


The Huawei Honor 6 is equipped with a 5-inch IPS display that achieves a very high pixel density of 445 ppi according to the manufacturer, and its full HD resolution is 1,080 x 1,920 pixels. Till now, only Google Nexus 5 offers such pixels per inch. The Honor 6 is in an attractive design with a back made of glass, while the windscreen with Gorilla Glass is protected from scratches.

The network link speed of honor 6 is amazing with the latest technology. Huawei Honor 6 comes with the latest processor HiSilicon Kirin 920, an octa-core chip, which consists of a Cortex A7 1.3GHz and a Cortex A15 1.7GHz. Some benchmarks of this combination have already beaten Samsung Galaxy S5.


The memory of Honor 6 is dimensioned generous with 3 gigabytes. Unfortunately, only the model with 16 GB of internal storage will be available now. After all, you can increase this by micro SD card to store photos, music or apps.


With the support for LTE category 6 (LTE-Advanced), download speeds are theoretically up to 300 MBit/s. Bluetooth 4.0 is of course also on board as WLAN, but not the fastest way wireless ac. NFC is not supported in the new Huawei honor 6. While the model has a version with dual SIM slot in China, the most common version is with a single-SIM.

Good Camera and Strong Battery


The main camera is equipped with 13 megapixels and an f/2.0 aperture up-to-date; moreover, honor 6 has provided a 5-megapixel front camera for video telephone and Selfies. The battery of 3100mAh is generous. So it can standby for around two days. The Honor 6 is supplied at the beginning with Android 4.4.2 KitKat. Based on the Google operating system, Huawei creates its own user interface EmotionUI 2.3.


Huawei Honor 6 is now available on without contract. It is available in black and white. You can choose the FDD version or TDD& FDD version.




The Huawei Honor 6 is great compared to the some top brands 5-inch smartphones: Both pixel density as well as memory, battery and LTE standard are top, especially the price is budget and great for most users. If you want to pay less money with top specifications, Huawei Honor 6 will be the first option.


Huawei Honor 6 LTE Cat6 Smartphone Test

Following the release of Octa-core Hisilicon Kirin 920 chipset, Huawei Honor then debut the world’s first new Category 6 4G LTE Smartphone based on this platform. The model number is Huawei Honor 6. The main core A15 and A7 will help this new phone improve the performance obviously. As the successor of the 4G technology, Huawei Honor 6 brings the new LTE Cat6 Standard, the theoretical downstream speed could reach up to 300Mbps, and the total configuration of honor 6 is better than any models ever. So what’s the real performance of this new phone and what it means to Huawei, let’s have a test of the new smartphone.

Octa-core up to 300Mbps Peak Speed


Huawei Honor 6 has a 5 inch screen and is based on the Hisilicon Kirin 920 processor; the CPU of Honor 6 has two parts in the form of big.LITTLE, one is qual-core A12 and the other is qual-core A7. The GPU has 3GB RAM based on ARM Mali-T628 qual-core.

Like other mobile phones, Huawei Honor 6 has two cameras, rear camera is 13 mega pixels with Huawei own smart engine, and front camera is 5 mega pixels. With the support of Huawei 4G modem, Honor 6 could reach peak download speed up to 300mbps theoretically, which is the double speed of LTE Cat4 downstream, and 14 times of 3G HSPA+ link speed.

Main Specifications of Huawei Honor 6

Huawei Honor 6

Screen Resolution

1920 x 1080 pixels

4G Network


3G Network

China Unicom Version: 3G(WCDMA), 2G(GSM)China Mobile Version: 3G TD-SCDMA, 2G

Supported Frequency

2G:GSM 850/900/1800/1900
3G:WCDMA 850/900/1700/1900/2100MHz3G:  TD-SCDMA 1900/2100MHz

Operation System

Android OS 4.4


Hisilicon Kirin 920






Rear 13 Mega Pixels/ Front 500 Mega Pixels



7.5 mm Thickness and 5 inch 1080 Screen


Huawei Honor 6 has a 5 inch screen from JDI, from the configuration; we can see honor 6 is the flagship of honor series smartphones, so the resolution reaches 1080p. The whole screen occupies the 75.7% space of the front body with 2.86 mm super narrow side. The screen is protected by the Gorilla Glass3 from Corning.

The inserted button follow the tradition of Huawei Honor series style, which can save the body size and increase the screen occupy rate to some extent.


3D flare texture and Diamond composite texture


The back of Honor 6 adopts the design of 3D flare texture and Diamond composite texture. The whole back of honor 6 is with good touch feel like glass, just like the Huawei Ascend P7. The main camera on the back is 13 mega pixels with two LED flash, which seems not to improve double color temperature and just for flash lightness.  There is also loudspeaker and logo on the back, the position is very similar to Ascend P7.


The three quarter of honor 6 is covered by metal in silver color and many buttons are listed in the metal side. On the top side, there is infrared transmitter, which is used for remote control of home electronics and reduces the noise from microphone. On the right side in middle, there are two Micro-SIM card slots and one SD card slot. User need open the tip and plug Sim card and then use the phone.

Considering the power consumption of Qual-core A15, Huawei Honor 6 has inserted battery of 3100mAh, which is under the back cover. The dimension of 139.6 x 69.7 x 7.5 mm is good for user to take in one hand.


Dynamic screen lock and Emotiion UI 2.3

Honor 6 combines the Android 4.4 and Emotion UI 2.3 operation system, which makes the Honor brand younger and simple design is more popular in young users.

Honor 6 adopt the dynamic lock screen, which will update the status from blog, news on the screen without unlock the screen. User could customize the information they are interested in and get update freely. In addition, the lock screen has a shortcut menu like iOS 7, which help use to easily open the calculator, calendar, and flashlight etc..


Honor 6 also provides own mobile phone manager and power saving management, the former is for the apps with large power consumption, files clearance and Harassment interception; the latter is to save power with multiple solution. The basic logic is to adjust the CPU or close the GPS and network connection etc..

With the infrared remote controller, Huawei Honor 6 can control Huawei wireless routers and air conditioner or TV in other brands, the supported equipments are the common well-known.


Hisilicon Kirin 920 Video and Game Compatibility Test

Huawei Hisilicon has always the compatibility problem for long time based on Vivante GC CPU. Now the Kirin 920 has improved the performance and with Qual-core Mali-T628 GPU, the compatibility problem will disappear then. Now we will take tests on the Video and Game compatibility.

In the Video, only RMVB can’t be supported well and no voice comes out on MKV, other 1080p video can play smoothly without delay.

In the game test, we run the game “Need for Speed 17”, “Asphalt 8”, “Modern warfare 4” and they all works smoothly. The GPU will not be a problem for Huawei Honor 6.

Big.LITTLE Structure and Kirin 920


As the typical models of processor made-by-China, Huawei Hisilicon Kirin 920 is the new star with Octa-core. Kirin 920 is produced based on 28 nm technology and octa-core big.LITTLE structure, including Qual-core Cortex-A15 and Qual-core Cortex-A7. The main frequency of A15 could reach 2GHz. The two cores could work simultaneously and GPU is Mali-T628MP4.


Kirin 920 has inserted co-processor named i3, so it can run in low power consumption. And ISP is also made by Huawei, which can reduce the noise and supports video decode 4K H.265, but 4K is not supported.

In the telecommunication, Kirin 920 dominates the Huawei LTE Advanced module, supporting LTE Cat6 standard, and supporting TD-LTE/LTE FDD/TS-SCDMA/WCDMA/GSM five network modes. And it also support SGLTE/CSFB and VoLTE 4G voice call etc.


Below are the test screen shot for Kirin 920:




AnTuTu Test:

3D Mark Test:

Vellamo Test:

Kirin 920 Octa-core working:



From the debut of Honor 6, the key point is on the Kirin 920 platform. And from the test, we can see Kirin 920 is much better then predecessor K3V2 not only on the performance but also the functions. So we can conclude Huawei Honor 6 is on the top series smartphones with improved performance and compatibility ability.