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The Ascend Mate7 is Huawei’s New 6-Inch Superphone

by Jacob Kleinman | September 4, 2014September 4, 2014 8:00 pm PST

We’ve already seen a ton of new smartphones unveiled this week at IFA 2014, but Huawei’s new Ascend Mate7 may be the most impressive of them all. The Chinese company unveiled its 6-inch phablet earlier today revealing a super-powered handset that rivals the best new devices from Samsung and Sony.

The Huawei Ascend Mate7 boasts a 6-inch 1080p display at 368ppi, an octa-core Kirin processor, a 13-megapixel rear camera, a 5-megapixel front-facing camera and a massive 4100mAh battery. The new phone also includes a one-touch fingerprint sensor on the back, though it’s unclear how well it works compared to other devices. Overall the Mate7 looks beautiful, borrowing some inspiration from HTC and particularly the HTC One Max—which also featured a fingerprint scanner on its rear panel.

Overall this is a huge step up from the mid-range Ascend Mate2 the company released earlier this year, though of course all that high-end hardware means you’ll be paying a premium for the device. Huawei’s new phone starts at €499 with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage, or €599 for 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. The Ascend Mate7 launches this fall in China, Hong Kong and Europe, though the company doesn’t say when or if it will arrive in the U.S.

Alongside its new flagship phablet, Huawei also unveiled three other mid-range phones. If you’re looking for something that’s just a small step down from the Ascend Mate7 the company will offer the Ascend G7, which packs a 5.5-inch 720p display, a quad-core 64-but processor, 2GB of RAM, a 13-megapixel rear camera, a 5-megapixel front-facing shooter, a 3,000mAh battery and a metal design. There’s also the Ascend Y550 and Ascend G620S, which should hit stores in October with a mix of even weaker specs.

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Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...

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