Still set on cracking the smartphone market, Huawei has introduced the Ascend P7 at a launch event in Paris. We jumped on the Eurostar in order to spend some time with the new handset so here's our Huawei Ascend P7 hands-on review.

Huawei Ascend P7: Price and release date

For starters, the price of the Ascend P7 is very reasonable for a flagship smartphone. Huawei has undercut rivals with a recommended retail price of €449, we expect it to sell for £399 SIM-free in the UK.

The device will launch this month according to Huawei while Orange said that the Ascend P7 will hit stores on 7 June.

Huawei Ascend P7 smartphone review

Huawei Ascend P7: Design and build

The firm has kept the style of the Ascend P7 very similar to the P6, so it's recognisable as Huawei smartphone. True to form, the P7 is extremely thin at 6.5mm – its smaller brother is just 6.1mm but there's a lot of tech packed into the P7 and we're impressed.

Huawei Ascend P7 smartphone thin

Compared to its predecessor, the main difference is that the P7 is larger in physical size. This is due namely to a larger screen, a common trait in smartphones - so much so that Apple is even rumoured to be going bigger for the iPhone 6.

It retains the rounded edge at the bottom and has Gorilla Glass 3 on both the front and back. Like before there is a brushed aluminium frame running around the edge of the device. For a phone with a large screen, it's amazingly light and easy to use. We particularly like the spun metallic finish on the rear which is achieved with seven layers. We took a look at the black/blue model but it will also be available in white and pink options.

Huawei Ascend P7 smartphone glass rear cover

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