News by Luke Jones on Thursday September 04, 2014.
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Chinese manufacturer Huawei has launched the Ascend Mate 7, the company's latest phablet flagship at IFA in Berlin. This is Huawei's latest assault on the high end market and it shows once again that when it comes to making hardware, the Chinese companies are making very good devices.The Ascend Mate 7 is very good looking, even if it does borrow heavily from other smartphones. Think of it as a greatest hits of current smartphone designs, a bit of HTC One here, a slice of Galaxy Note there, maybe some Moto X thrown in for good measure, and there you have it. The Mate 7 is imposing and thin, while those, inspirations let's call them, are worn well to deliver a very pleasing phablet device. Phablet would be right too, as this is a 6-inch behemoth. It has Huawei's own octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 925 chipset that boasts quad-core 1.8 GHz Cortex-A15 & quad-core 1.3 GHz Cortex-A7. The 16GB variant of the handset gets 2GB of RAM, while the 32GB version has 3GB of RAM, while there is a microSD slot to help with additional storage space (although limited to 32GB). The 6-inch panel is Full HD 1080p with a 368 pixel per inch density, while a 13 megapixel lens sits on the rear, and a 5MP camera adorns the front. Like a few other devices at the moment, the Huawei Ascend Mate P7 also gets a fingerprint sensor. You probably know where this is going, but the handset is extremely unlikely to land in the US, instead arriving in China first before rolling out to Asia, and major markets in Europe before the end of the quarter. This will not be one of those affordable Chinese smartphone either, with the price set at 499 Euros (about $660) for the 16GB version and 599 Euros (about $790) for the 32GB one.
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