Huawei announces the Ascend Mate 7, a metal-clad 6-inch behemoth with a 4,100mAh battery
posted by Peter K. / Sep 04, 2014, 9:07 AM
Today at IFA 2014, Huawei announced its new flagship, the long-rumored Ascend Mate 7. Thanks to a number of leaks and information spillages, we had a pretty good idea of what to expect from the manufacturer. Well, the wait is over, as the Ascend Mate 7 is already here, and what a behemoth it is!
Why a behemoth, you may ask. Let's take a look at the dimensions of the device – with a height of 157mm, width of 81mm, and a depth of 7.9mm, the Ascend Mate 7 is bigger, yet thinner than the fresh-out-of-the-oven Samsung Galaxy Note 4. Huawei's new champion is not as light as a feather, too – it tips the scales at the whopping 185g, thanks to its aluminum body. Huawei has also succeeded in creating a pretty bezel-busting smartphone – with a side bezel of just 2.9mm, the Ascend Mate 7 comes with a spectacular screen-to-body ratio of 83%. Whoa.
Endowed with a ginormous 6-inch LTPS (low temperature polysilicon) LCD display with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels, the Ascend comes with a pretty adequate pixel density of 368ppi. Right beneath, a Hisilicon Kirin 925 SoC with “8+1” cores makes the smartphone tick and click. No, that's not a typo – the SoC of the Ascend Mate 7 has four cores, 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. Good news for the audiophiles.
"Today marks the arrival of our fastest and most compelling big-screen smartphone experience for consumers."Just as we told you, the Ascend Mate 7 will come in two variants - one with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage on board, while the other one will come with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of on-board storage. 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.
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 - a pretty high level of sensitivity. As per 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 respective fingerprint scanner in Samsung's and Apple'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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Posts: 94; Member since: Jan 27, 2010
HTC one max is that you?
posted on Sep 04, 2014, 9:10 AM 8
Posts: 223; Member since: Apr 17, 2014
yup but W/O front facing speakers and thick bezel...
posted on Sep 04, 2014, 9:14 AM 2
Posts: 738; Member since: May 20, 2014
What thick bezels? Are you dumb enough to think they will remove their logo at the bottom so as to make no bezels at all? Heck no. Even note 4 is same as this. Only difference is this has onscreen buttons and note 4 has the tradition ugly home button at the bottom. Get bezel thingy out of your head.
posted on Sep 04, 2014, 11:31 AM 0
Posts: 585; Member since: May 07, 2012
looks far better than the htc one max, cleaner and way more slick.best looking smartphone so far, beats note 4, note edge, z3 in looks in my honest opinion
posted on Sep 04, 2014, 10:08 PM 0
Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014
I laughed out loud if this metal priced cheaper than that plastic who ready to announce another profit slump soon
posted on Sep 04, 2014, 9:13 AM 0
Posts: 145; Member since: Jul 09, 2011
It may be cheaper and look much better but I go for the Snapdragon (and other specs) which are far better :)
posted on Sep 04, 2014, 10:48 AM 0
Posts: 145; Member since: Jul 09, 2011
It might be faster in certain benchmarks for sure and 1080p might be enough, so is 720 for some. But the Samsung has so many more features and one of the best cameras out there wich now also has OIS. There will also be more custom roms available for the Snapdragon version. And fast charging to 50% in half an hour is a nice bonus ;)
posted on Sep 05, 2014, 8:37 AM 0
Posts: 45; Member since: Sep 01, 2014
looks good i know someone will say its look like htc max special the back but in this photos its looks better than htc max
posted on Sep 04, 2014, 9:13 AM 2
Posts: 542; Member since: Aug 29, 2014
HTC One ripoff. Geez, can't Chinese invent anything by themselves?
posted on Sep 04, 2014, 9:22 AM 4
Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 2011
Really? How is this a rip off? There is no similarites that I see between the One and this phone aside from the aluminum chassis. Nice work here. It's a very nice looking phone. I still prefer a polycarbonate back that I can remove to replace battery/sim/SD.
posted on Sep 04, 2014, 10:39 AM 0
Posts: 87; Member since: Mar 12, 2013
Should I get one? This thing is gorgeous. Not a user of Huawei before, this could be my first time going for Huawei, unless it can last for 2 years+ as my next smartphone.
posted on Sep 04, 2014, 10:12 AM 0
Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012
Do you think it's gorgeous? Go check out HTC's smartphones then as that was where the design came from, or at least go for the better Lenovo Z2 Pro which is a much better alternative than this copycat phone.
posted on Sep 04, 2014, 11:22 AM 0
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I'd like to know if this thing has NFC. Someone pls.
posted on Sep 04, 2014, 10:17 AM 1
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