One of the smartphones that Huawei has launched at the ongoing IFA 2014 trade show is the Ascend P7 Sapphire Edition. Sapphire glass is often used on the small lens over a phone's rear camera, which is why it's so rare to find a scratch on the lens that would ruin photos.
The Ascend P7 Sapphire Edition is not all covered with the Sapphire glass and it isn't all expensive sapphire glass though - on the rear there's a ceramic finish, while the metal frame is now in a rose gold color. Apart from the sapphire glass layer, all the remaining aspect of the phone are adopted from the regular variant of the Ascend P7 smartphone.
Huawei Ascend P7 Sapphire Edition: Key Specifications
The Huawei Ascend P7 sports a 5.0 inch INCELL touch-sensitive screen display offering a Full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.
The smartphone is powered by home-brewed Hisilicon Kirin 910T Quad-core processor clocked at 1.8GHz coupled with 2 GB of RAM. The smartphone runs on Android 4.4 .2 KitKat OS with a layer of Huawei Emotion UI v2.3. The latest offering from Huawei houses 16 GB of on board storage capacity.
Camera modules are quite advanced in the phone. It uses 13MP AF BSI F2.0 Rear Camera with Flash alsong with a high-end 8MP Fixed Focus frontal snapper. The rear camera features a photosensitive f/2.0 aperture 5-piece ISP lens and BSI sensor, originally developed for use in high-performance digital cameras, and it can offer to shoot vivid 1080p video and 720p playback.
In the connectivity front the Ascend P7 uses FDD LTE (B1/B3/B7/B8/B20), 3G, GPS/A-GPS/Glonass, NFC, WiFi 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 with BLE and Micro USB 2.0 support.
The device is powered by a 2500mAh battery. The phone would be made available in Black and White color options.
The regular variant of the Ascend P7 was already available in Europe, Asia-Pacific and Latin America, and has sold more than two million units since July 20th this year in over 70 countries. In Europe, Ascend P7 is available through major operators and distributors including Vodafone, Telefonica, H3G, and Carphone Warehouse, the biggest smartphone retailer in the UK, as well as e-commerce channels such as Amazon.
However, the company has not spoken about the pricing and availability of the Sapphire Glass edition of the phone.
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