Huawei Honor 7 with Smart Features Launched in Malaysia

Honor 7 and models

Huawei Honor 7 has been launched in Malaysia on September 21st, 2015. The fully metallic body flagship smartphone comes with some smart features. Read on to find out more.

Honor 7 in LiewCF's hand
Honor 7 in LiewCF’s hand

Honor 7 is an Android phone with 5.2-inch Full HD display and metallic body that air-brushed with a ceramic coating.

The frame-free fingerprint reader at the back allows 360-degree fingerprint authentication with self-learning capability that enhance accuracy during use. The fingerprint reader also supports gesture controls to answer calls, take photos, stop alarm, clear notifications.

Honor 7 and models
Honor 7 and models

Honor 7 is powered by HiSilicon Kirin 935 octa-core 2.2Ghz processor, 3GB RAM and 16GB storage (support up to 128GB microSD memory card). Its L-shaped circuit board helps eliminates overheating problem.

Honor 7 20MP camera and fingerprint scanner
Honor 7 20MP camera and fingerprint scanner

Its rear-facing camera is 20MP Sony IMX 230 sensor with F/2.0 aperture and PDAF fast-focusing technology, capable to record 4K video. The 8MP front-facing camera is wide-angle F/2.4 aperture lens with LED flash. The “soft light” feature allows better light for selfie or wefie.

Honor 7 and models
Honor 7 and models

The camera app has a “Good Food” mode allows you take more delicious food photos. Slow shutter modes to shoot car light trails, silky water, and star tracks. You can take time-lapse video using too.

Honor 7 Smart Key
Honor 7 Smart Key

The Smart Key is configurable for shortcuts (snapshot, voice recording, torch, screenshot) or open app. You can press it once to take a snapshot, press and hold to launch torch, double press to launch Google search. The Smart Key has Open API allows app developers to create app to utilize the button.

It is dual nano SIM but second SIM does not support mobile data. The phone use a non-removable 3,100mAh battery with quick-charging capability.

Honor 7 photo gallery

Don’t remember where you put your Honor 7? With its always-on Smart Voice Trigger (powered by Hi6402 low-power chipset), you can name your phone and say “Dear (phone name), where are you?” and it will alert its location to you.

It can act as an universal infrared remote controller, supporting 90% device and 230 brands. You can also take full screenshot with double tap the screen with your knuckles.

Honor 7 grey and silver
Honor 7 grey and silver

Huawei Honor 7 price is RM1,399 (inclusive 6% GST), available in two colours: Mystery Grey and Fantasy Silver. It comes with 1-year warranty and 6-month free replacement for broken screen.

Register for interest is available from September 22nd, 2015, you will get free RM50 voucher, first 1,000 registrants get free 32GB SD card. The phone  joins MYCYBERSALE Malaysia online sales carnival on 28 September 2015.

Honor 7 launch event photos

Huawei Ascend P7 Review in Malaysia

Huawei Ascend P7 review by LIEWCF
Huawei Ascend P7 review by LIEWCF
Huawei Ascend P7 review by LIEWCF

Huawei Ascend P7, launched in Malaysia in June 2014, is the company’s flagship smartphone in 2014. The world’s slimmest 4G LTE Android smartphone has unique 8MP front-facing camera, dual antenna, and some other interesting features.

Read on for my Ascend P7 review below to know more about the phone’s features, performance and camera photo samples.

What’s in the box?

Huawei Ascend P7 package
Huawei Ascend P7 package

In the Huawei Ascend P7 white package box, you will find the smartphone, a charger, micro USB cable, headsets and two NFC stickers.

The NFC stickers allows you to quickly change phone settings with a tap. Example: turn on WiFi when you are home; silent phone when you are ready to bed.

Design

Huawei Ascend P7
Huawei Ascend P7

Huawei claims that Ascend P7 is the world’s slimmest 4G smartphone with 6.5mm thin. It is indeed slim and lightweight in hand.

Huawei Ascend P7 has square look with metal bumper and glass cover at the front and back. Glass covers may pick up oily smudges but easily wipe off with a cloth (hint: your shirt/pants). I prefer this than cheap plastic phone cover.

The phone has flat edges on every side, except the “waterdrop curve” bottom. The flat edges may not look less comfortable but actually not. Instead, the flat sides increase your grip to give a sense of secure, despite of the slim phone body.

I do not notice any benefit of using curved bottom. Maybe Huawei simply want to differentiate Ascend P7 from other similar shape smartphones, like Sony Xperia Z series?

Ascend P7 has no physical button on front, you only see a Huawei logo at the bottom. The front-facing 8MP camera has higher resolution than other smartphones, yet it looks the same with other smartphones’ front-facing cameras.

While the phone’s left side is blank, the opposite side is crowded by volume buttons, power button, MicroSD card slot and MicroSIM card slot.

Huawei Ascend P7 volume rocker, power button, microSD slot, SIM
Huawei Ascend P7 volume rocker, power button, microSD slot, SIM

Power button is in the middle of right side for ease of access, but it is too close with the volume button. I happened to press the wrong button couple times.

At the top is headphone jack and mic, another mic is next to middle microUSB port at the bottom. Dual mic is used to reduce background noise for clearer phone calls.

Ascend P7 back glass, according to Huawei, is made with “7-layer surface treatment using ‘spin effect’ micro-pattern design”. Frankly, I do not see anything significantly different than other smartphone with glass back cover. One thing for sure is that the back glass is tough because I dropped (accidentally, I swear!) it couple times but no crack or scratch.

The 13MP camera with metal ring is located at the top left corner of the back, with LED flash under it. At the bottom corner, you will see a small speaker grille.

Huawei Ascend P7 looks simple, clean and classy. I like the smartphone design.

Huawei Ascend P7 photo gallery

Display and Sound

Huawei Ascend P7, like other flagship smartphones in 2014, has Full HD 1920×1080 pixels fit in 5-inch display. The high DPI mobile display is crisp, bright, rich colours. The screen viewing angle is good too.

Though Ascend P7 equipped with large camera sensors (13MP & 8MP) but it has only a small speaker at the bottom back. Surprisingly, the small speaker has loud output volume. The sound quality is better than most smartphones’ mono speaker. No significant distortions at the max volume but a bit muddy.

Huawei Ascend P7 speaker
Huawei Ascend P7 speaker

Due to the flat glass back design, the speaker output is blocked when you place it on a flat surface like a table. It is fine when you are holding it, as the sound wave will bounce toward you after hitting your palm.

Huawei Emotion UI and Apps

Ascend P7 is running Android 4.4.2 (KitKat) with Huawei’s Emotion UI 2.3. It features rounded corner app icons with shadow, you can arrange apps into folders.

Emotion UI does not have app drawer, all installed apps are sitting on home screen pages. It may looks familiar for iOS users but existing Android users would prefer cleaner home screen pages.

It has a time saving feature that you can shake the phone to automatically align app icons on home screen pages.

Emotion UI supports themes. It has 9 official themes for you but do not have theme store (yet?). The default “Balance” theme will automatically rotates a collection of beautiful wallpapers on lock screen.

On lock screen, you get 4 handy app shortcuts: calendar, calculator, torch, and mirror.

Mirror app is interesting and I think girls will like it. It is a simple app make use of Ascend P7’s 8MP high resolution front camera to mimic a mirror. You can pause the screen, switch to close-up shot with one touch. Perfect for checking pimples and blackheads on your cheeks.

Swype is the pre-installed keyboard input method. It is a good input method supporting multiple languages but Huawei does not include Chinese language for the keyboard. I also did not find Chinese language in the list of downloadable languages. This is weird because Huawei is a China company and the phone is also made in China.

Huawei Emotion UI Simple home screen style
Huawei Emotion UI Simple home screen style

For elderly users, the many app icons on home screen could be confusing. Ascend P7 supports Standard and Simple home screen style. The latter has a simple layout and large icons.

Huawei Ascend P7 Phone Manager screenshots
Huawei Ascend P7 Phone Manager screenshots

Phone Manager is powered by DU Speed Booster (Google Play link), a popular Android optimizer and cleaner app. It optimizes your phone by closing apps and cleaning junk files to free up memory and storage space. In manual optimisation, you can close apps that keep running after the screen is turned off to save power.

Suspend button is a on-screen virtual button stick to the screen edge. Tap it to open quick menu: back, home, small apps (music, message, note, calculator, calendar), lock screen, clean up memory.

Huawei Ascend P7 suspend button and calculator mini app
Huawei Ascend P7 suspend button and calculator mini app

Camera

Standing out among other smartphones, Huawei Ascend P7 equipped with a 13MP F2.0 main camera and a 8MP front camera. 8MP is the highest resolution for smartphone’s front camera I ever try.

You can take a quick snapshot while phone screen is still off by double pressing the lower volume button. The fastest time is 1.2 second, or less than 2 seconds. You will see the camera launch time after taking the snapshot.

Quickly launch Camera app and capture first photo in less than 2 seconds may sounds useful but the result photo is often blurry and out of focus. I only use the camera shortcut to take a quick picture of parking lot number to remember where I park my car.

List of Ascend P7 camera modes
List of Ascend P7 camera modes

The Camera app is simple to use, it does not have scene modes but camera filters. It can take pictures automatically using Audio Control when it detects a voice reaches preset decibel level. Meaning, you can shout any word to fire the shutter. This wikipedia ‘say cheese’ page will gives you some ideas.

Watermark mode allows you to add 1 out of 10 predefined watermark images to your photo. You can customise watermark text and location. Too bad, you cannot add your own image (company logo) as watermark.

The Camera app has a Beauty mode with 10 level auto-facial enhancements for you to take more beautiful photos of persons. Don’t overuse it. Level 10 will result very fake portrait photo. I think Level 3 is good enough.

Compare different Beauty Mode levels
Compare different Beauty Mode levels (click to enlarge)

Want to take group selfie? Ascend P7 is the first smartphone to enable you take a panorama selfie (“grouphie”, “wefie”) with 8MP front-facing camera. It will take and merge 3 photos into a single 1952×1274 (2.5MP) photo. The panorama selfie has a fisheye effect where center objects will look larger. Make sure you are not standing in the center, should you mind about your head size in the photo.

Huawei Ascend P7 Panorama Selfie (grouphie) sample photo
Huawei Ascend P7 Panorama Selfie (grouphie) sample photo

Both 13MP and 8MP cameras take good photos in good lighting but have some issues under low light environment. Photos I took using front-facing camera in room with curtain down (low light) are reddish. Indoor photos taken by rear camera have high noise level.

Huawei Ascend P7 photo samples

Here are some photos taken by Huawei Ascend P7 front- and back-facing cameras, click thumbnail image for original big file size.

Performance

Unlike other smartphones which powered by 3rd party mobile processor, Huawei Ascend P7 uses their own in-house 1.8GHz HiSilicon Kirin 910 quad-core CPU, paired with 2GB RAM and 16GB internal memory, support microSD memory card up to 64GB.

Ascend P7 performance is above average but not the top line. It is good enough to be my primary phone for everyday usage. Opening and switching apps have small delay, which you may not notice until you used a top performance Android phone.

Huawei Ascend P7 benchmark results (AnTuTu & Quadrant)

Huawei Ascend P7 benchmark results (AnTuTu & Quadrant)

Based on the benchmark results, Huawei Ascend P7 performance is above Samsung Galaxy S3 but lower than S4.

  • AnTuTu Benchmark: 25397
  • Quadrant: 6988
  • Vellamo Metal: 911
  • Vellamo Multicore (beta): 1314
  • Vellamo Browser (Chrome): 1861
  • Futuremark 3DMark (Ice Storm Unlimited): 7650
  • Futuremark 3DMark (Ice Storm Extreme): 5094

Dual Antennas

Huawei claims that Ascend P7’s dual antenna design can improve signal receptions and stabilized connection even during weak signal reception to minimize battery drain.

In my unscientific tests, Ascend P7’s WiFi connection performance is better and mobile network speed on highway is faster, when comparing with other smartphones.

But, I noticed that Ascend P7 will switch to offline mode (no mobile network connection) when mobile signal is weak and unstable. Perhaps it helps to save battery juice by not searching for network during weak signal reception.

Personally, I prefer my phone to stay connected all the time even only weak signal is available. I don’t mind to charge it with a power bank later.

Battery life

Huawei Ascend P7 uses a 2,500 mAh lithium polymer battery and supports advanced power-saving mode. It last for 13 hours for my normal usage. Glad that it is another smartphone last for a whole day.

In my battery drain test, playing 1 hour full screen video will drained 20% of the phone’s battery. Meaning, a fully charged Ascend P7 can play video continuously up to 5 hours.

(left) Ascend P7 power saving plans. (right) Ultra power saving mode
(left) Ascend P7 power saving plans. (right) Ultra power saving mode

Ultra power saving plan can almost double battery life (35 mins to 60 mins) but only basic call and message functions available.

Huawei Ascend P7 specs

  • 5.0 inch touch screen, Full HD 1920×1080 resolution
  • 1.8GHz HiSilicon Kirin 910 quad-core CPU
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB internal memory (support microSD 64GB)
  • Android 4.4.2 (Huawei emotion UI 2.3)
  • 13MP F2.0 rear camera with flash, 8MP front camera
  • 4G LTE, WiFi 802.11b/g/n
  • 124g weight
  • 2500 mAh battery
  • Price: RM 1,499

Conclusion

Many girls would love the camera features designed for them, such as beauty mode, group selfie, mirror app. Even if taking photos is not your thing, Huawei Ascend P7 is still a good smartphone choice.

The design is nice, battery life is good, and phone management for advance users. The phone switching to offline mode on poor signal is a bit annoying. The CPU performance is a bit lacking but I am willing to use it everyday.

I would like to thank Huawei Malaysia for the opportunity to review Huawei Ascend P7. This is a free product review with honest write-up. Interesting to submit your products for review? Get in touch with me.

Huawei Ascend P7, MediaPad X1 and New 4G LTE Devices, Smart Band [Sponsored]

Huawei Ascend P7 Media Launch - Catwalk

Huawei Ascend P7 Media Launch - Catwalk

Huawei Malaysia launched Ascend P7, the company’s latest flagship smartphone, and new 4G LTE devices in Malaysia. LiewCF is one of the invited media to the launch event at Grand Hyatt hotel on the 10th June 2014.

Read on for the Ascend P7 cool features and event photos in this article.

Huawei Ascend P7

Huawei Ascend P7
Huawei Ascend P7

Ascend P7 is the slimmest 4G LTE smartphone in the world with only 6.5mm thin. The display is 5-inch touchscreen with 1920×1080 FullHD resolution at 455 PPI, which is higher density than iPhone 5S and Samsung Galaxy S5.

Huawei uses metal for phone frame and strong Corning Gorilla Glass 3 in both front and rear covers. The back glass is made with 7-layer surface treatment using “spin effect” micro-pattern design.

Ascend P7 is powered by 1.8GHz HiSilicon Kirin 910 quad-core processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB internal memory and latest Android 4.4.2 KitKat with Emotion UI 2.3.

With the included phone management software, you can customize the permission, network and notification manager. For example, you can allow only selected applications to start automatically when turning on phone.

Ascend P7 uses 2,500 mAh lithium polymer battery with advanced power-saving mode. It is possible to stretch remaining 10% battery life to last 24 hours on standby.

Ascend P7 main camera is 13MP Back-illuminated sensor (BSI) with f/2.0 aperture. The rear camera can be activated within 1.2 seconds by double-pressing the lower volume button when the phone is locked. You would not miss another golden shot anymore!

Ascend P7 equipped a 8MP 5-piece aspherical lens front camera with IMAGESmart 2.0 software. The “beauty mode” allows you to take better selfies with 10 level auto-facial enhancements. Panorama Selfie (or “grouphie”) feature make selfie with large group possible by taking and merging 3 photos.

Huawei is leading company in networking and telecommunications equipments and services. Ascend P7 has a unique dual antenna design to improve signal receptions and stabilized connection even during weak signal reception (minimize battery drain). It support a wide range of cellular frequencies and 4G LTE bands around the world.

Along with Ascend P7, Huawei Malaysia also launched new 4G LTE devices: MediaPad X1, MediaPad M1, Ascend G6, and the TalkBand B1 wearable.

Huawei MediaPad X1

Huawei MediaPad X1 7.0 4G LTE
Huawei MediaPad X1 7.0 4G LTE

MediaPad X1 is a 4G LTE phablet with 7-inch FullHD display, powered by HiSilicon Kirin 910 quad-core 1.6GHz processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB internal memory. 13MP rear camera with F2.2 aperture and 5MP front camera with 22mm wide-angle lens.

MediaPad X1 is only 7.18mm thin and 2.99mm narrow bezel. Weight only 239 gram, MediaPad X1 has build-in 5000mAh Li-Polymer battery, which can also reverse charging other devices.

Huawei TalkBand B1 Wearable

Huawei TalkBand B1
Huawei TalkBand B1

Huawei TalkBand B1 is the world’s first hybrid smart band. It does not only keeping track of your active life but also a detachable Bluetooth headset. It is also IP 57, water and dust resistant. The wearable supports both iOS and Android devices. Its band has build-in USB plug for power charging.

Price list

Huawei Ascend P7 is available in black and white, price in Malaysia is RM 1,499.

  • Huawei X1 7.0 LTE (RM1,399)
  • Huawei MediaPad M1 8.0 LTE (RM899)
  • Huawei Ascend G6 LTE (RM749)
  • Huawei TalkBand B1 (RM499)

Event photos

Before the event started, Huawei models were walking around with the brand new Ascend P7 and invited guests to take selfie pictures. The pictures then printed wirelessly on-the-spot.

The printed photos’ quality is good (yes, I took one too), perfectly demonstrate the capabilities of Ascent P7’s 8MP front camera and auto-facial enhancement feature.

Product presentation of the Ascend P7 and new 4G LTE devices was done by Gary Xu, Country Director, Consumer business Group, Huawei Technologies Malaysia. Followed by catwalk performance which models are showcasing the new devices on T-stage.

Huawei Malaysia had media and Facebook lucky draw to giveaway latest devices to the winners. The company generously gave away 3 units Ascend P7 and 2 units MediaPad X1 to the media, as well as 10 units Ascend P7 for Facebook fans.

For more information, please visit www.Vmall.my

*This is a sponsored post.

Finding Huawei Contest with Over RM2.5 million Prizes and Gifts

Finding Huawei banner

Finding Huawei banner

Huawei Device Malaysia is having a “Finding Huawei” contest with over RM 2.5 million worth in prizes and gifts.

“‘Finding Huawei’ campaign is a push towards extending awaremess of the Huawei brand in Malaysia”, says Alan An, Product Manager for Huawei Consumer Business Group Malaysia

The online contest on Huawei Device Malaysia Facebook page comprises 2 contest to win daily, weekly or monthly prizes. The prizes include shopping vouchers and Huawei smartphones, and 3 monthly prizes of travel vouchers worth RM 10,000 each.

The first contest runs from 16 November to 15 December 2013. You will need to upload photos with any Huawei products or ads and complete a slogan.

The second contest runs from 16 December 2013 to 14 February 2014. It requires you to spot the difference between two pictures uploaded on Huawei Device Malaysia Facebook page and also complete a slogan.

Winners will be selected based on the creativity of photo or slogan. Daily winners will win shopping vouchers worth RM100 each. Weekly winners will win a Huawei Ascend P6 or Huawei Ascend Mate each.

Throughout the online contest duration (16 Nov 2013 – 14 Feb 2014), Huawei customer who purchased selected Huawei products – Ascend P6, Mate, G700, G610, G525, G510, E5776, Vogue and Youth – between 1 January 2013 and 14 February 2014 sstand a change to win one of the three monthly prizes – RM 10,000 travel voucher – by participating in either contests mentioned above and submit their device’s IMEI number for verification.

In total, there are 273 daily prizes (RM100 shopping voucher), 26 weekly prizes (Ascend P6 or Ascend Mate) and 3 monthly prizes (RM10,000 travel voucher)

Also, Huawei customer with existing Huawei mobile device can walk into participating Huawei authorized reseller

Also, customer with an existing Huawei mobile device and purchase selected new Huawei device – Ascend P6, P2, Mate, G700, G510, Mobile W-Fi E5776, MediaPad Vogue and Youth – from participating Huawei authorized reseller will receive a free gift (while stocks last).

➤ Huawei Malaysia Facebook page

Hands-on Review: Huawei Ascend Mate Smartphone with 6.1-inch Display

Huaiwei Ascend Mate
Huaiwei Ascend Mate
Huaiwei Ascend Mate

Huawei Ascend Mate 6.1-inch Android smartphone has been officially launched in Malaysia on 30th May 2013. Read on for LiewCF hands-on experience with Huawei Ascend Mate smartphone.

Huawei Ascend Mate is one of the Huawei flagship smartphones in 2013. At first glance, you will notice that it is larger than any other smartphone in the market.

The 6.1-inch HD IPS+ screen resolution is 1280×720 pixels (aspect ratio 16:9). It is a surprised that Ascend Mate — with its large screen — does not follow current smartphone trend to use Full HD resolution (1920×1080).

I don’t feel Ascend Mate is a smaller tablet, thanks to its 16:9 aspect ratio? According to Huawei, Ascend Mate has highest screen-to-body ratio of 73% than other smartphones which “Maximizes viewing pleasure for emails, documents, video or games”.

Ascend Mate with curved back is nice to hold. It is not as big and heavy as I thought a 6.1-inch smartphone is. The body is not metal but doesn’t feel like cheap plastic. The white model has glossy back, while the black model is matted back.

Huaiwei Ascend Mate (Black and White)
Huaiwei Ascend Mate (Black and White)

With big size, Ascend Mate build-in a big 4050 mAh battery “allowing for two days of usage on a single charge”. You can use an optional USB OTG cable to charge other smartphone using your Ascend Mate!

Huawei Ascend Mate is powered by Huawei’s own processor 1.5 GHz quad-core Hi-Silicon K3V2 + Intel XMM6260, wtih 2GB RAM. In my hands-on experience, the performance was good. Apps launching and pages scrolling are smooth.

By using Huawei own processor, Ascend Mate is able to have dual WiFi antenna and support 5 frequency bands, plus optimized for network reception and battery life. However, Ascend Mate does not support 4G LTE.

Huaiwei Ascend Mate - floating windows and minimized keyboard a
Huaiwei Ascend Mate – floating windows and minimized keyboard a

Ascend Mate features a Easy Panel which looks like iOS’ AssistiveTouch button on screen. Tap it and you have access to commonly used tools: notes, messages, calculator and video playback, which will open as floating windows (except messages). It reminds me about Sony Xperia mini apps, except that Easy Panel’s tool cannot be minimized to screen edge.

For those like to use smartphone with one hand, Ascend Mate also has a “One-hand operation” feature which will align a minimized keyboard to left/right side so that you can type with one hand.

One thing about Huawei Ascend Mate that disappointed me is the available storage space. It has total 8GB but Android operating system already used about half, left 4.68GB for apps, pictures, music, etc. The demo unit I tried has only 2.38GB available free space.

Huaiwei Ascend Mate - free available space
Huaiwei Ascend Mate – free available space

When asked during Media Q&A, Huawei answered that can be solved by supporting 64GB microSD card. But it is not an ideal solution, since most apps cannot be installed (nor migrate) to external storage. Photos will be saved on internal storage first, too. I understand that Huawei wants to keep the Ascend Mate’s price competitive but, as a “flagship” smartphone, it should have at least 16GB storage.

Huawei Ascend Mate (Black & White models) is now available in Malaysia and is retailing at RM1599. No telco plan.

Huawei Ascend Mate photo gallery

[Huawei Device Malaysia]