Huawei announces the Ascend Mate 7, a metal-clad 6-inch behemoth with a 4,100mAh battery


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.
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.

Under the hood of the Mate 7 comfortably lies one of the most impressive hardware features of the Mate 7, its 4,100mAh Li-Polymer battery, which will surely keep the lights running for quite some time. What's more, 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.

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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source: Huawei

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Ascend Mate7
  • Display 6.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor HiSilicon Kirin, Octa-core, 1800 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 4100 mAh

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39 Comments

1. phones522

Posts: 94; Member since: Jan 27, 2010

HTC one max is that you?

5. CyberFalcon

Posts: 223; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

yup but W/O front facing speakers and thick bezel...

8. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

You mean thin bezel? One Max's bezel is huge when compared to this.

21. gaara6775

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.

26. ProblemSolver15

Posts: 372; Member since: Jun 14, 2010

Guys, I think he was saying it is without both the front facing speakers AND the thick bezels. Stop crucifying this guy just because you misinterpreted his comment.

7. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

I think HTC and Huawei are brothers, both start with H.

12. umarmughal

Posts: 20; Member since: Aug 27, 2014

Price and Specs are equally balanced.. Good Work huawei..

25. DaMaster

Posts: 33; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

AESOME PHONE BUT!!! the camera is probably awful , if it had the same quality as samsung and able to record 4k I would get one right away.

32. mafiaprinc3

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

38. phones522

Posts: 94; Member since: Jan 27, 2010

Yeah its like they just fixed all the one max's flaws

2. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

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

17. catt4u

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 :)

35. lohis

Posts: 8; Member since: Jun 25, 2014

The Kirik one might be even faster (scored 40000 on antutu) and the fingerprint sensors better :) so whats actually better on the samsungs device? the screen but 1080p is just enough ;)

39. catt4u

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 ;)

3. A.Adel

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

33. mafiaprinc3

Posts: 585; Member since: May 07, 2012

damn right it looks better

4. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

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

6. darkvadervip

Posts: 366; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

Got to admit it's sexy

9. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Damn, this thing is gorgeous!

10. Spedez

Posts: 542; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

HTC One ripoff. Geez, can't Chinese invent anything by themselves?

11. Teeeyoo

Posts: 99; Member since: Jul 13, 2013

Htc is from Taiwan and Taiwan is still part of China i guess.

13. Sora77

Posts: 70; Member since: Mar 31, 2014

Not really.

16. McLTE

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.

19. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Check the HTC One Max's back, check this one's back, come back at us after.

14. jackson_kaeluen

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.

20. CanYouSeeTheLight

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.

28. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

well huwai is thinner, lighter, and with 'healthy' bezel. i would choose this over htc any day.

36. lohis

Posts: 8; Member since: Jun 25, 2014

Im gonna buy these one and what i have used huawei devices before theyre rly good guality xD

15. zmtfatzombie

Posts: 27; Member since: Sep 16, 2013

I'd like to know if this thing has NFC. Someone pls.

37. lohis

Posts: 8; Member since: Jun 25, 2014

Yes it has :) its placed around the camere under the stripe

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