Huawei Ascend P7 vs Google Nexus 5: All the specs compared

Huawei have waded into the high-spec smartphone market with their latest release, the Huawei Ascend P7. But how does it compare to its competitor from Google, the Nexus 5?

Let's break down all the specs and take a look.

Display

There's really not a lot between the displays of the Nexus 5 and the Ascend P7. Though the Nexus has a slightly smaller screen at 4.95in compared to Huawei's 5in, both have 1,920 x 1,080 pixels, and PP are very similar. Both screens are IPS LCD, too - so not a lot to choose from.

CPU, GPU and RAM

With 2.3 GHz under Google's bonnet, the Nexus 5 should run significantly snappier than its rival from Huawei, which only brings 1.8 GHz to the table. However both phones feature the standard 2GB of RAM we've come to expect from this generation of smartphones.

Size and weight

The svelte 139.8 x 68.8 x 6.5mm size of the Huawei Ascend P7 means it's just about the same size as Google's Nexus 5 in every dimension apart from width. The Nexus 5's 137.8 x 69.2 x 8.6mm will feel a bit thicker in the hand, and many have called Huawei's new phone a "flattened out iPhone" for just that reason.

Battery

Huawei packs a slightly bigger battery into the Ascend P7 than Google has in its Nexus 5. Huawei's 2,500mAh should keep the lights on for a bit longer, but for a number of reasons this doesn't seem to actually translate into real power gains.

It could be that Huawei's Hisilicon Kirin 910T processor runs a little hotter than Google's Snapdragon 800, because Huawei concedes that its phone will only get about 14 hours of on-time from a full charge, compared to the Nexus 5's 17 hours.

But battery tests are pretty hard to standardise, to pinch of salt possibly needed.

Cameras

It's in the area of cameras that Huawei's new Ascend P7 really pulls away from the Nexus 5. Huawei made a massive pitch at the selfie market during the Ascend P7 release. With an 8-megapixel front camera, this is the real differentiator compared to the Nexus 5's 1.3-megapixel camera. And with 13-megapixels on the rear, compared to Google's 8, it's also a better choice for people who like to take photos of things other than themselves.

Memory and price

Huawei is retailing its phone at €449 (£367), though UK prices have yet to be announced. That's significantly higher than Google's£299, which is often praised as a great value phone with high specs.

Both phones come in 16GB options, though the Nexus 5 can also be upped to the 32GB model.

The Nexus 5 is a great all-rounder with a tasty price tag, but users who would find the camera quality a real sticking point should consider the Huawei Ascend P7 as a good competitor - somewhere between the Nexus and the really high end phones from Apple, Samsung and Sony.

Huawei Ascend P7 Google Nexus 5

Display

Screen size

5in 4.95in

Resolution

1,920 x 1,080 pixels 1,920 x 1,080 pixels

Pixel density

441PPI 445ppi

Type

IPS LCD IPS LCD

Processor and battery

Family

CPU

Hisilicon Kirin 910T Snapdragon 800

Cores

Quad-core Quad-core

Clock speed

1.8GHz 2.3 GHz

Battery

2,500mAh 2,300 mAh

Claimed 3G talk time

Up to 14h Up to 17h

Storage and memory

RAM

2GB 2GB RAM

Internal storage

16GB 16GB /32GB

microSD

Yes No

Camera

Rear

13-megapixel 8-megapixel

Video

1080p@30fps 1080p @ 30fps

Front

8-megapixel 1.3-megapixel

Wireless

Standard

4G LTE 4G LTE

Wi-Fi

802.11 a/b/g/n WiFi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac

NFC

Yes Yes

Bluetooth

v4.0 v4.0

Integrated wireless charging

Dimensions

Size

139.8 x 68.8 x 6.5mm 137.8 x 69.2 x 8.6mm

Weight

124g 130g

Operating System

Android 4.4.2 KitKat Android 4.4.2 KitKat

Price (SIM-free unless otherwise stated)

RRP €449 £299 (16GB) / £339 (32GB)

Availability

Expected June 2014 Since 8 November 2013
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