IFA 2014: Huawei adds Ascend Mate7 for 499 euros

At IFA 2014, Huawei introduced Ascend Mate7, a 6-inch FHD display smartphone with 7.9mm slim body and 4100 mAh battery.

The three smartphone vendor also introduced single-touch fingerprint technology that enables users to unlock the phone 80 percent faster than devices that use sweeping recognition option.

Priced at 499 euros for 16GB model Ascend Mate7 has a Huawei Kirin 925 processor with four large A15 1.8 GHz and four small A7 1.3 GHz chipsets. The price of 32 GB model is 599 euros.

Ascend Mate7 launch

The octa-core architecture saves up to 50 percent of the battery by automatically using smaller A7 cores to power standard apps that consumers use at least 80 percent of the time, and kicking in the larger A15 during high-performance use such as gaming.

Single-touch fingerprint is located on the back of the handset and measures 9.16mm x 9.16mm. The reader supports up to five sets of different fingerprint records which can be allocated to normal and guest modes, so users can switch modes to enhance protection when securing private folders, applications, or payment information.

It has a higher 508PPI ratio for enhanced reader accuracy so there’s no need to swipe repeatedly before being able to unlock the device. ARM TrustZone also stores encrypted fingerprint data within the chipset for better protection by SecureOS, and prevents direct access by third-parties.

Ascend Mate7 features LTE Cat6 connectivity with download speeds of up to 300 Mbps.

Huawei Ascend Mate7 enables HD movies to be downloaded in less than 30 seconds.

Ascend Mate7’s 4100 mAh Li-Polymer battery provides three power saving modes — normal, smart, and ultra power saving.

Ascend Mate7 launched

Ascend Mate7 features 95 percent metal body. Its interior structure is made of a strong aluminum alloy for heat reduction. It weighs 185g. With an ultra-narrow 2.9mm bezel that delivers a 83 percent screen-to-body ratio.

Ascend Mate7 comes in three chic colors, moonlight silver, obsidian black and amber gold.

It has a 13MP rear-facing camera with Sony’s 4th generation BSI sensor and f/2.0 aperture. The 5MP front-facing camera adopts the 5P non-spherical lens for higher definition and less image distortion.

There are two versions available: Huawei Ascend Mate7 with 2GB RAM and 16GB ROM and 3GB RAM and 32GB ROM.

It will be available in more than 30 countries/territories including China, Hong Kong, UK, Germany, Italy, France and Spain from Q3 2014, with other markets to follow.