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.
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.
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.
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|
|1,920 x 1,080 pixels||1,920 x 1,080 pixels|
|IPS LCD||IPS LCD|
Processor and battery
|Hisilicon Kirin 910T||Snapdragon 800|
Claimed 3G talk time
|Up to 14h||Up to 17h|
Storage and memory
|1080p@30fps||1080p @ 30fps|
|4G LTE||4G LTE|
|802.11 a/b/g/n||WiFi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac|
Integrated wireless charging
|139.8 x 68.8 x 6.5mm||137.8 x 69.2 x 8.6mm|
|Android 4.4.2 KitKat||Android 4.4.2 KitKat|
Price (SIM-free unless otherwise stated)
|RRP €449||£299 (16GB) / £339 (32GB)|
|Expected June 2014||Since 8 November 2013|