August 12, 2015

We try the huge Huawei Mate 7

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We try the huge Huawei Mate 7

In recent weeks I tested the Huawei Mate July, the company launched in September in the country, a year after his international debut (and with two successors in tow, the Mate 8 and Mate S, which were presented in the last months), dragging some uncertainties by the company, which decided to “relaunch” in Argentina in recent times-and the delay imposed in the last five years (in some cases), the passage of the equipment by Tierra del Fuego, which also happened to the Sony Xperia Z3 or the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (offered for sale in the country while their successors are presented).

Mate 7 is unusual for the Argentine market for its size, with a 6-inch screen equipment; is not the only (Alcatel and Sony also brought the national market models of this size or larger, such as Alcatel OneTouch Hero ; other equipment manufacturers have 5.7 or 5.5 inches), but it is rare, especially considering it is the team that the Chinese company chose to show what you can do in the premium segment, and one of the reasons that led her to climb to third place in the world ranking of smartphone sales. Personal provides this equipment to $ 10,600 with a monthly fee of 250 pesos (it is the only operator that offers it).

For whom it is

It is clear that because of its size the team is aimed at those seeking a smartphone that works well as a small tablet, and that competes with Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (the Note 5 does not sell at home yet), which has a similar price, hovering around 10,000 pesos.

As I write this Personal selling Huawei, but not the Note 4 (which does offer Movistar, which has the seven Mate between their offer). Sure it does not offer either.

For those in search of a solid team with good range and performance, it is a very interesting (though not the only) alternative. Beyond a camera that is not all it could be for the carriage of equipment, provides good performance thanks to its processor and RAM, with a good screen and a version of Android something old, with aggregates that do not bother.

At the same time a year comes after its official presentation (which logically will play against) and thus faces alternatives in the domestic market with 5.5-inch screens, which many users will become large enough, with better performance and lower prices, as the LG G4, for example, or the iPhone 6 / 6S plus (more expensive in our country), among others.

The hardware

The Huawei Mate 7 has a 6-inch IPS display and full HD resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels), 2 GB of RAM, a 925 Huawei Kirin eight-core chip, 16 GB of internal storage (11.5 GB available to the user ; can be expanded with a microSD) memory; a main camera of 13 megapixel Sony sensor and a 5 megapixel front; LTE dual antenna to improve connectivity in 4G networks; Also, 3G, Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, NFC and FM radio.

The team has a (fixed) 4100 mAh battery inside the aluminum casing of 7.9 mm thick. Use Android 3.0 KitKat with EMUI.

Great, but frameless

Huawei reduced the bezel everything, but there is no way: it is a great phone. Anyone looking for something compact; to enter into any pocket; or are girls hands, they should think of another option, or keep in mind that not everyone enters the front pockets of trousers, which to interact with it must use both hands, and so on. Nothing but sitting with a model more than 5.5 inches, but it’s still great.

It is obviously a purpose: it is a device that has the size to provide a big screen, ideal for watching movies, reading the contents of a Web site or an uncomplicated text, and so on.

The good thing is that within how big the use of a screen with minimal frames and a structure in aluminum (with a thickness of 7.9 mm and 184 grams) Huawei allowed to create a device that, despite its size, it has a decent ergonomics in hand. Simultaneously, today thinner displays bevels.

Added to this is a minimalist design and very carefully with a front that is only the screen, the notification light next to the speaker (on top, to warn of incoming messages, missed calls, etc.) and Huawei logo on the bottom. One side bears the volume buttons and locking; the other trays for the SIM and microSD; at the top is the audio jack and microphone background noise cancellation; in the base, the main microphone and offset, the microUSB connector.

About microphones: I had no problems with calls and with 4G connectivity (the company says the team has two antennas to prevent the user’s hand interfere with one).

The screen, the camera and the biometric sensor

The display is a Full HD IPS panel with 367 pixels per inch; It would have been better, for this size, higher resolution (QHD); and we’ve seen other teams that are more readable sunlight, but still the image quality is good and with correct colors.

The back of the unit is made from a single block of aluminum with two bands, up and down, for antennas, and two key elements: the camera and the biometric sensor (thought to be activated with the index and not, as used Apple and Samsung, thumb on the front, the new Nexus use the same scheme).

The fingerprint sensor works by contact, and it is not a button enough to support fingertip on the sensitive area to unlock the screen in an instant. He recognizes the tracks in a wet finger, and you can save up to five tracks.

You can use the sensor to activate other functions: for example, taking a picture supporting the finger on the sensor, which prevents change the hand position.

Huawei also uses a different from the first Android phones with biometric sensors, which encrypts information to protect fingerprint technology. It works great in general, but occasionally require a second attempt to get the system to recognize the fingerprint.

Next to the fingerprint reader is a camera with a 13 megapixel Sony sensor, lens aperture f / 2.0, Full HD video recording and LED flash. The camera is very good, beyond their age: the phone was introduced in 2014, which complicates compete with sensors of this year, for example the speed to process an image in HDR (combining shots underexposed and overexposed), do auto focus or to activate the camera. But good results; Macro mode allows excellent approach.

The application to manage the camera is very simple, with some elements (like capturing a burst of 20 photos, or applying filters to change the tonality of the image) are correct.

As is the case with other top model, the difference between a camera or another is already a matter of subtleties, or specific times. In this case, what matters is that there are better (and faster) cameras, but not by much.

The processor, memory, battery

The computer has 2 GB of RAM, a 925 Huawei Kirin eight processor cores and 16 GB of internal storage (11.5 GB free for the user, you can be expanded with a microSD card). It works smoothly, even if it was rare to happen otherwise. For reference, laboratory tests equals or exceeds a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801. The entire interface is very fluid, as well as the application load and usage.

Are there faster? If; the Samsung Galaxy S6, for example, through a combination of processor and memory speed reading. But only noticeable if you put them next to each other. For daily use it is very agile.

These elements are powered by a battery of 4100 mAh, which makes the phone has good autonomy, as is often the case for devices of size; but the larger screen consumes more energy is offset by the extra space for the battery.

In the case of Huawei Mate 7 this means that reaches the far end of the day rest (although, as always, it depends on what you receive). But it is a team that can leave “all on, all the time” (4G, Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth) without worry.

It also has a tool to save energy, which changes the performance of the computer between the “normal” and another, intelligent, limiting the operation of the processor and application mode when the machine is idle (when the screen is locked and not being used, roughly), and to define which applications will be “protected” to keep running no matter if it is off the screen (typically, instant messenger, music player, etc.), and extend much autonomy equipment.

It is very similar to the Sony Stamina mode. Huawei has also a very extreme way of ultra energy saving, more limited than that of Samsung, which transforms the Mate 7 in a conventional cell phone (only accept calls and SMS).

Those seeking a team with a larger battery in the domestic market may try the Hyundai Ultra Energy, which has a 5000 mAh, but much more modest hardware.

Android KitKat

The computer comes with Android 4.4, accusing its history (it debuted at the IFA September 2014). More or less to the time when Google introduced Marshmallow (Android 6), Huawei issued an update for Lollipop (Android 5.1.1) for this phone, which is available to the team released version (not ready to Personal).

Depending on the user need this may be anecdotal (although certainly not desirable) or key.

Anyway, Huawei complements Google’s Android with EMUI 3 version of what should be the user interface of the phone. Not bad: it has a function that minimizes the size of the user interface for use with one hand in a gesture of thumb (similar to what makes LG); the notifications panel, for example, is ordered chronologically, with brands that leverage the size of the screen to indicate when a particular notification was received. Ignores the menu to list the applications that are gathering in the phone’s home panels.

Supports themes (color schemes, icons and backgrounds); you can change the order of the three control buttons and add double windows Android (screen display two applications at the same time), although limited to a small number of tools.

It also has a “visitor” mode (ideal for children) that enables only a certain number of applications, and may define a particular application requires also the use of a fingerprint, all good additions to the changes he made you company Android, and improve the user experience.

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