Huawei Ascend Mate7 is officially announced: it’s a kick-ass, metal phablet with fingerprint reader

Huawei Ascend Mate7

Huawei has yet again proven that it has what it takes to compete with Samsung and perhaps even Apple. Their newly announced Ascend Mate7 rocks an all-metal body that makes it look like it’s part of HTC’s One series (yet it isn’t). Moreover, the phablet also packs a fingerprint reader — located at the back, just beneath the camera sensor — the fact that could pave its way to the enterprise market.

Specs wise, this is a rather impressive device that comes with the Chinese firm’s own Kirin 925 octa-core chip, packing four 1.8GHz fast Cortex-A15 and four battery-friendly Cortex-A7 cores, as well as a Mali-T628 GPU. Moreover, there’s a 6-inch full HD screen, more-than-decent 3,100 mAh battery, along with a pair of cameras: 13MP rear camera that uses Sony’s BSI sensor and has an aperture of f/2.0; and 5-megapixel front-facing one for taking some seriously great selfies. Android 4.4 KitKat is running the show with Huawei’s latest EMUI 3.0 singing on top.

The Ascend Mate7 will be available in two different versions, one with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage, and the other one with 3 gigs of RAM and double the storage amount. The former will sell for 499 EUR, while the latter will cost 100 EUR more. You’ll get to pick between few differently colored devices, including Obsidian Black, Moonlight Silver, and Amber Gold.

The device will be offered in 30 countries around the world, starting with China, Hong Kong, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the UK, with other markets to follow shortly.

So, anyone wants one of these?

  • PeterSteinbeck

    The Chinese are coming… to eat Samsung’s lunch.

  • me

    Just another big screen phone nothing new not a note class eney way….

  • Memorioso

    Huawei is following a similar route to Samsung’s quest for “eventual global supremacy” in consumer mobile electronics: governmental support & subsidies (possibly tied to govt-sanctioned hardware tweaks to aid espionage); vertical integration where it matters most ie the capacity to research & kaisenize (not just manufacture) ever faster chips plus the latest hardware and materials innovations. These guys aren’t just another Chinese copycat. Their footprint outside the US is growing exponentially in consumer markets. And there’s an added twist: a Huawei smartphone may “subtly”, synergistically, work better than competitors’ devices, when connecting with Huawei transmission equipment -already installed and continuously updated on thousands of data centers and towers around the world… (Call it differentiation based on Extreme vertical integration…) Their latest consumer devices have nothing to envy Samsung’s or HTC’s. All Huawei needs is blitzkrieg marketing for brand awareness and/or more aggressive deals with providers that still offer other brands as first choice. Meizu and Xiaomi may end up falling by the wayside. (Top-of-mind brands in Asian markets? Maybe. Worldwide presence and sufficient market share outside Asia is quite a challenge.) Expect Huawei and perhaps a couple of their smartest Chinese peers (Lenovo…maybe even ZTE) to do to LG and Samsung what they’ve already done to Sony, Kyocera, Panasonic outside Japan…

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