Introduction

Huawei introduced three new smartphones at the IFA 2014 fair - the Ascend Mate7, Ascend G7 and the Ascend P7 Sapphire Edition with a sapphire screen and ceramic back.

The Huawei Ascend Mate7 is a pretty big device but is packed with all the rage of modern technology. On the front there's a 6" 1080p display, an octa-core processor, 13MP/5MP camera duo for back and front and comes with Huawei's EMUI (Emotion UI) v3.0.

Huawei Mate7
Huawei Mate7
Huawei Mate7
Huawei Mate7

The Huawei Ascend G7 is more of a midrange offering. It stacks up against the competition with a 5.5-incher of 720p resolution, a Cortex-A53 processor with four 1.2GHz cores and a 13MP/5MP combo of cameras.

It will cost €299 when it makes it to retail stores.


Huawei Ascend G7

After the break you'll find our hands-on with both devices including a lot of pictures.

Huawei Ascend Mate7

The Huawei Ascend Mate7 features a 6-inch IPS LCD display of 1080p resolution, covered in Gorilla Glass 3. While some may be disappointed by the lack of QHD resolution on a diagonal of this size, Huawei makes up for it by the very slim screen bezels, which means the display enjoys an impressive 83% of the front panel.

Huawei Mate7
Huawei Mate7

Under the hood, Huawei's updated octa-core Kirin 925 CPU means business, with four 1.8GHz Cortex-A15 cores and four 1.3GHz Cortex-A7 cores, complemented by 2GB of RAM and 16GB of expandable memory (there will also be a 32GB variant with 3GB of RAM).

The Mate7 looks slick and its 95% metal construction is the impressive 7.9mm slim. It's far superior to the plastic build of the original Ascend Mate, and even comes in lighter at 185g.

Huawei Mate7
Huawei Mate7
Huawei Mate7
Huawei Mate7

Around back is where things get interesting. Despite the decidedly HTC One Max-inspired design, Huawei has brought some real innovation in the shape of fingerprint identification. The fingerprint sensor offers 8-bit grey level detection, 360-degree readability, and can even be used in wet conditions. It only requires a tap with a finger to activate, rather than the tedious drag routine on Samsung devices.

Huawei Mate7
Huawei Mate7

Despite the upgrade to 13MP for the primary camera, it's only able to record 1080p videos @30fps, while the 5MP front-facer stops at 720p. The 4,100mAh battery is non user-accessible, but is rated by Huawei for up to 2 days of uptime and provides power saving modes that can last longer.

The Huawei Ascend Mate 7 will be available in Obsidian black, Moonlight silver, and Amber gold for €499 (€599 for the 3GB/32GB model), and is set to start selling this quarter in over 30 countries.

Huawei have just announced their latest 6-inch phablet, the Ascend Mate7. It's an update of last year's 6.1-incher, featuring a slimmer 7.9mm frame, faster octa-core chipset running on Huawei's in-house Kirin 925 processor, and a larger 4100mAh battery.

Huawei Mate7

The Mate7 features a high-quality aluminum alloy build, and impressive 2.9mm side bezels for a screen-to-surface ratio that's much improved over that of the Ascend Mate. The camera is based on a 13MP Sony sensor with an f/2.0 aperture, although it doesn't come with 4K video recording.

Huawei Mate7

It runs Android 4.4 KitKat with the latest version 3.0 of Huawei's EMUI, and features an "instant single-touch" fingerprint sensor on the back that can be used to unlock the device or authorize payments.

Huawei Mate7

Huawei Ascend G7

Here's the Huawei Ascend G7. It's built from a mold of plastic and metal and is packed into a unibody, clean design. The _phone_ is built around a 5.5" unit of 1280 x 720px resolution which coupled with the large diagonal has a 267ppi sharpness.

The Ascend G7 has a quality feel to it and for 165g actually feels light, considering the size. We did notice a tiny air gap between the panels on the sides but we might have gotten to play with a pre-release hardware.


Huawei Ascend G7

The device feels comfortable in one hand but operating it in such a way will be a tall order due to its size. If you've used a phablet device before you won't feel jarred by the Ascend G7.

The Emotion UI on top of Android KitKat runs smooth and without stutters but is a little confusing at times and will require some getting used to. We browsed a little on the Ascend G7 and found it perfectly adequate and fast.


Huawei Ascend G7

While on the floor with the device we captured a few images with its 13MP snapper. Here they go below.

As usual we will withhold any assessment of the quality for a possible future review of the device. While shooting in 4:3 aspect ratio the Huawei Ascend G7 captures images of around 13.1MP resolution.


Huawei Ascend G7 camera samples

In 16:9 aspect ration the sensor of the Huawei Ascend G7 captures 10MP shots, here are a couple.



Huawei Ascend G7 camera samples

Huawei Ascend Mate7

The Huawei Ascend Mate7 features a 6-inch IPS LCD display of 1080p resolution, covered in Gorilla Glass 3. While some may be disappointed by the lack of QHD resolution on a diagonal of this size, Huawei makes up for it by the very slim screen bezels, which means the display enjoys an impressive 83% of the front panel.

Huawei Mate7
Huawei Mate7

Under the hood, Huawei's updated octa-core Kirin 925 CPU means business, with four 1.8GHz Cortex-A15 cores and four 1.3GHz Cortex-A7 cores, complemented by 2GB of RAM and 16GB of expandable memory (there will also be a 32GB variant with 3GB of RAM).

The Mate7 looks slick and its 95% metal construction is the impressive 7.9mm slim. It's far superior to the plastic build of the original Ascend Mate, and even comes in lighter at 185g.

Huawei Mate7
Huawei Mate7
Huawei Mate7
Huawei Mate7

Around back is where things get interesting. Despite the decidedly HTC One Max-inspired design, Huawei has brought some real innovation in the shape of fingerprint identification. The fingerprint sensor offers 8-bit grey level detection, 360-degree readability, and can even be used in wet conditions. It only requires a tap with a finger to activate, rather than the tedious drag routine on Samsung devices.

Huawei Mate7
Huawei Mate7

Despite the upgrade to 13MP for the primary camera, it's only able to record 1080p videos @30fps, while the 5MP front-facer stops at 720p. The 4,100mAh battery is non user-accessible, but is rated by Huawei for up to 2 days of uptime and provides power saving modes that can last longer.

The Huawei Ascend Mate 7 will be available in Obsidian black, Moonlight silver, and Amber gold for €499 (€599 for the 3GB/32GB model), and is set to start selling this quarter in over 30 countries.

Huawei have just announced their latest 6-inch phablet, the Ascend Mate7. It's an update of last year's 6.1-incher, featuring a slimmer 7.9mm frame, faster octa-core chipset running on Huawei's in-house Kirin 925 processor, and a larger 4100mAh battery.

Huawei Mate7

The Mate7 features a high-quality aluminum alloy build, and impressive 2.9mm side bezels for a screen-to-surface ratio that's much improved over that of the Ascend Mate. The camera is based on a 13MP Sony sensor with an f/2.0 aperture, although it doesn't come with 4K video recording.

Huawei Mate7

It runs Android 4.4 KitKat with the latest version 3.0 of Huawei's EMUI, and features an "instant single-touch" fingerprint sensor on the back that can be used to unlock the device or authorize payments.

Huawei Mate7