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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Huawei Ascend Mate7 officially announced with metal body, 6-inch display and 4100mAh battery



The Huawei Ascend Mate 7 was officially announced today at the company's IFA event after months of leaks and rumors. This large screen device is beautifully built and packs a punch worthy of its flagship title.

The Ascend Mate 7 is a large device, in fact it is even bigger than the recently announced Samsung Galaxy Note 4. However the manufacturer has managed to keep this beautifully crafted device thinner than Samsung's newest flagship at 7.9mm. The all aluminum body does come with a weight disadvantage though, at 185 grams. Huawei has also succeeded in creating a pretty bezel-busting smartphone - with a front side bezel of just 2.9mm, the Ascend Mate 7 comes with a spectacular screen-to-body ratio of 83%.

The larger 6-inch LTPS display has a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels and an adequate pixel density of 368ppi. At the back of the device, one can see the 13MP camera with an f2.0 aperture and a fingerprint scanner right below it. The camera sensor is courtesy of Sony and comes with a 5-lens aspherical system. A 5MP front-facing snapper will aid you in capturing the perfect selfie.

The Ascend Mate 7 will come in two variants - one with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage on board, while the other one comes with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of on-board storage. Also under the hood is an extremly generous Li-Polymer 4100mAh battery. Additionally Huawei has implemented an energy-saving software goodness, the so-called “Ultra power saving”, which further improves the energy efficiency when the battery goes below 10%.

In the connectivity department, the Ascend Mate 7 is equally impressive, as it comes with support for LTE Cat.6 (LTE Advanced), which paves the way for download speeds of up to 300Mbps. The Huawei Ascend Mate 7 is running Android 4.4 with the manufacturer's own EMUI 3.0 user interface on top of it.

The device is powered by a Hisilicon Kirin 925 SoC with “8+1” cores. Four of the cores are clocked at 1.8GHz, another set of four running at 1.3GHz, and a single one doing its job at 230MHz. This last core is a Tensilica HiFi3 Auto DSP (digital signal processor), which paves the way for high-fidelity, dedicated audio processing. The smartphone also comes with noise-reducing earphones.

Huawei touts that the fingerprint scanner on the back of the Mate 7 allows users to unlock the device "80% faster" with just a single touch. Moreover, the manufacturer claims that the sensor comes with a 508ppi ratio, which comes with a pretty high level of sensitivity. According to Huawei, you'll be able to make perfect use of the fingerprint sensor even if your finger is wet or you don't quite swipe it correctly. This addresses some of the main concerns and issues most users had with the fingerprint scanners found on the iPhone 5s and some of Samsung's top-end devices.

As far as pricing and availability are concerned, Huawei says that the variation with 2GB RAM/16GB storage will retail for EUR 499, whereas the 3GB RAM/32GB storage will retail at EUR 599. It will be available in more than 30 countries (some of which are China, Hong Kong, UK, Germany, Italy, France, and Spain) starting Q3 2014, as per Huawei. It will eventually make its way to other, unspecified markets.

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