Apple iPhone 5S vs Huawei Ascend P7: Spec comparison

Less than a year after the launch of the Ascend P6, Huawei has outed its latest flagship, the Ascend P7. The Chinese company, which is a massive force in the telecommunications sector, is desperate to make a similar impact in the smartphone arena.

Many in the industry had already written off Huawei's attempts well before the P7's launch, simply because they feel that the competition is far too strong. One of these rivals is the Apple iPhone 5S. So how do the devices measure up to each other?

First of all, I think the 5S edges the P7 in terms of looks, but just about. Huawei deliberately chose Paris as the location for its phone's unveiling because of its links to the fashion industry, and the P7 instantly became one of the most stylish devices of its kind on the market. However, the iPhone's effortless design and beautiful simplicity make it not only a sexy mobile but also an undeniably attractive accessory.

Immediately striking is the size difference between the two smartphones. the P7 is much larger than the S5 in two dimensions, and weighs 12g more than its counterpart. The P7 though, is somehow over a millimetre slimmer than Apple's offering. Understandably, the P7's 5in, 1,920 x 1,080 resolution screen, translating into a super-clear 441 pixels per inch beats the iPhone's 4in, 1,136 x 640 resolution, 326PPI display in every single way.

Apple's flagship holds the much-praised A7 SoC, clocked at 2.3GHz. The P7, on the other hand, packs the Hisilicon Kirin 910T, of which little is currently known. This is clocked at 1.8GHZ. Neither of the phones' batteries are worth shouting about, but the P7's 2,500mAh version, which offers up to 14 hours of 3G talk time, is stronger than the iPhone 5S' 1,560mAh juice box, which offers a measly 10 hours or less.

The 5S comes in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB models, while the P7 only offers up 16GB of internal storage. However, the latter offers expandable memory via a microSD slot, which its rival lacks. The P7's 2GB of RAM beats the 5S' 1GB. There's no surprises in terms of Bluetooth and 4G connectivity.

The Ascend P7's 13-megapixel rear camera and 8-megapixel front-facing snapper aren't troubled by the iPhone's 8-megapixel and 1.2-megapixel versions. If you're a fan of pictures, there's only one winner in this particular department.

Huawei Ascend P7 Apple iPhone 5S

Display

Screen size

5in 4in

Resolution

1,920 x 1,080 pixels 1,136 x 640 pixels

Pixel density

441PPI 326PPI

Type

IPS LCD IPS LCD

Processor and battery

Family

Apple A7

CPU

Hisilicon Kirin 910T ARMv8

Cores

Quad-core Dual-core

Clock speed

1.8GHz 1.3GHz

Battery

2,500mAh 1,560mAh

Claimed 3G talk time

Up to 14h Up to 10h

Storage and memory

RAM

2GB 1GB

Internal storage

16GB 16GB / 32GB / 64GB

microSD

Yes No

Camera

Rear

13-megapixel 8-megapixel

Video

1080p @ 30fps 1080p @ 60fps

Front

8-megapixel 1.2-megapixel

Wireless

Standard

4G LTE 4G LTE

Wi-Fi

802.11 a/b/g/n 802.11 a/b/g/n

NFC

Yes No

Bluetooth

v4.0 v4.0

Integrated wireless charging

No

Dimensions

Size

139.8 x 68.8 x 6.5mm 123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6mm

Weight

124g 112g

Operating System

Android 4.4.2 KitKat iOS 7

Price (SIM-free unless otherwise stated)

RRP €449 £549 (16GB) / £629 (32GB) / £709 (64GB)

Availability

Expected June 2014 Available