Huawei improves upon earlier efforts with a glass-backed chassis, redesigned software and new camera tricks

At an event in Paris, France today, Huawei officially unveiled its new high-end flagship phone, the Ascend P7. It’s the latest in the Chinese manufacturer’s premium “P” range, building on last year’s P6, which the company says sold 4 million units across the glove. The P7’s design heritage is plain to see — from the metal trim around the top and sides to the curved edge down below, this year’s Huawei flagship looks an awful lot like last year’s.

The biggest external change can be seen when you flip it over — the back panel is now made of glass, and sports a reflective pattern not unlike LG’s “crystal reflection process,” seen on the Optimus G. This effect comes to life through a combination of seven layers, Huawei says, and if you look close enough you can make some of them out — one forms concentric circles leading out from the “Huawei” logo, for instance, another is a checkered pattern. By any standard, the P7 is a good-looking phone. It’s also extremely light, much less heavy than most 5-inch smartphones we’ve used.

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