IFA: Huawei updates phablet range with Mate7

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Phone builds on last year’s launch of the Ascend Mate6 with increased specifications

Huawei has updated its phablet range with the release of the Ascend Mate7 which has increased specifications across the board.

The 4G device features a six-inch screen and is just 7.9mm thick – this compares with last year’s Mate6, which had a 6.1 inch display and a 9.9mm thick body. It is made from 95 per cent metal and weighs 185g.

Other highlights include a 13MP rear snapper and a 5MP front facing. The former replaces the 8MP camera of its predecessor, while the latter is also improved on the 1MP camera of the 2013 edition.

It is available with both 16GB and 32GB of internal memory, with a memory card slot offering the ability to increase this by a further 32GB. 2GB of ram is included on the 16B model, with an extra 1GB for the larger model.

The device is the latest in a number of phablets that have been announced at IFA 2014, including the Samsung Galaxy Note 4.

“Today marks the arrival of our fastest and most compelling big-screen smartphone experience for consumers,” said Huawei consumer business group chief executive officer Richard Yu.

“Huawei Ascend Mate7 actually leads the big-screen pack with smarter performance, impressive power efficiency, and outstanding convenience with its superior single-touch fingerprint technology.”

Huawei has also included a mammoth 4100mAh battery, as part of an increased focus on power saving for the handset.

The handset has an octo-core processor made up of four large A15 1.8 GHz and four small A7 1.3 GHz chipsets. The firm says the processors make up allows for increased power efficiency by activating the chipsets in different configurations, depending on the phone’s requirements at any given time.

A finger print scanner for verification has also been added to the latest edition of the handset, with users able to record up to five sets of prints for guests to use their phone, with restricted access.

The 16GB model will cost €499 (£395) and it will cost an extra €100 (£79) for the 32GB model. It has been earmarked for release in the UK this month.

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