As the lights in the Kings Court at Cinnamon Lakeside go dark, a video begins playing on the screen behind the stage. It shows a person in an armored, Iron Man-ish suit, with the Huawei logo clearly stamped on it, building a phone inside the laboratory of a sci-fi spaceship.
Once the phone has been built, a drone snatches the phone and delivers it from the Spartan’s huge spaceship orbiting the earth to Colombo. On video.
As the video ends, the lights return, and focus on a drone flying towards the stage inside the Kings Court to deliver the phone to Thomas Liu, the managing director for SEA of Huawei. As he takes the phone from the drone, the photographers rush towards the stage to take pictures of him holding the phone. This ladies and gentlemen, is how Singer and Huawei gave us the first glimpse of the latest Huawei flagship smartphone to arrive in Sri Lanka: the Huawei Ascend P7.
So what does the Huawei Ascend P7 bring to the table?
- With a thickness of 6.5mm, it’s the worlds thinnest 4G LTE smartphone according to Huawei. However we found that the Oppo R3 is a 4G LTE smartphone that’s even thinner measuring at 6.3mm thickness. So close Huawei.
- Having a 4G chip the Ascend P7 supports speeds up to 150Mbps. Now if only our networks could provide that speed.
- A 1.8GHz Quad-core processor with 2GB of RAM to ensure your apps won’t lag.
- 16GB of internal storage, which can be expanded upto 64GB so you can store all your apps, pictures and perhaps a few movies to watch on the go.
- Android Kitkat 4.4.2 with Huawei’s own Emotion UI 2.3 running on top, (which reminds us of Go Launcher) with 650+ enhancements over previous versions. According to Mike Macdonald, Huawei Group CTO, there’s a 98% chance that the Ascend P7 will get Android L in the future once the Ironmen at Huawei ensure L runs smoothly on the Ascend P7.
- It also comes with over 100 themes so you don’t get bored looking at the 5 inch Full HD screen.
- A 13MP rear facing camera with an image processor that apparently is at the level of those in DSLR’s to ensure you can take the best pictures in low light conditions. A very bold claim since smartphone cameras are typically nowhere near the power of mighty DSLR’s.
- An 8MP front camera with panorama support so that you can take those selfies without leaving anyone out of the picture. We wonder if it can beat the selfies taken by our own masters of photography: Malshan and Ushan who can both fit in 5-15 people in a single awesome selfie.
- A 2500mAh battery which can last a full day with heavy usage and up to two days with light usage. The Ascend P7 also features an ultra-power saving mode. This mode according to Mike would give an extra-day even when your battery is low.
The Huawei Ascend P7 brings quite a few interesting features that are expected of a flagship phone. However the question that needs to be answered at the end of the day would be: is it worth Rs.69, 999?
We have no idea. Sadly we only got a brief hands-on moment with the Ascend P7 so we couldn’t submit it to our series of tests to answer that important question. But if we do get our hands on a device you know we’ll answer that question for you with a detailed explanation, folks. In the meantime, check out our photo album of the phone and the event.