Australian Review: Huawei Ascend Mate7 – Sitting with the grown-ups

The Mate7's camera is a solid offering that doesn't quite have the detail of the iPhone 6 Plus camera or the sensor size of the Galaxy Note 4. Taking a great snap on the Mate7 is pretty painless nonetheless; autofocus works great and the camera even does pretty well in low light. The camera app has fairly comprehensive manual settings, giving you control over exposure, ISO, saturation, white balance, contrast and brightness.

In terms of the front-facing camera, Huawei has include a few nifty features like fingerprint-activated shooting and smile activated shooting, both which work almost flawlessly. There's also a beauty mode, which seems to slightly blur your face.

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Final Thoughts 
Huawei's Ascend Mate7 is a solid effort that goes toe-to-toe with flagships from Samsung, Apple, LG and Sony. If you're in the market for a new smartphone, it's definitely worth considering the Mate7, especially if you're looking at an outright purchase.

Considering the Mate7 is just AUD$699, Huawei has gotten a lot right. The phone itself looks and feels fantastic, the camera and battery are solid and the fingerprint reader is fantastic. If Huawei's software had just a little more polish, the Mate7 would have easily scored 4.5/5. Nonetheless, the Mate7 has proved that Huawei deserve to sit at the "grown-ups table" when it comes to smartphone manufactures, and its price, represents excellent value.

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