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This year's IFA event in Berlin has shown a lot of promise in terms of the next generation smartphones, smartwatches and laptops. While day one was a success, day two is set to end in a similar fashion. And the latest name to get into the mix is Huawei with its new Ascend Mate 7 handset.
Huawei's newest Ascend Mate 7 handset comes in at a time when most of the geeks in and around this year's IFA are talking about Samsung and Sony. But the newest member in the Huawei Mate family isn't any pushover either.
The new Ascend Mate 7 comes with a 6-inch FHD IPS LCD display with 368ppi support. The handset comes powered by a Kirin 925 CPU (4 x A15 1.8 GHz quad-core and 4 x A7 1.3 GHz) and Mali T628 GPU. The processor for the phone also comes coupled with 2GB of RAM.
The handset offers a primary 13MP CMOS camera, that's complimented via a 5MP CMOS camera at the front. The device's dimensions are up to 157mm x 81mm x 7.9mm, and although the handset offers 16B of built-in memory, it can also be upgraded to another 32GB.
The device runs on Android 4.4 KitKat and comes with LTE Cat 6 support. It has a Fingerprint scanner integrated inside and is juiced by a massive 4100 mAh Li-Polymer battery unit. There are sensors present for Accelerometer, Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor, Compass, G-sensor, Gyroscope, Hall sensor and GPS / AGPS.
While connectivity options include Bluetooth 4.0, Wifi 802.11 a/b/g/n and NFC support, the handset comes in Obsidian black, Moonlight silver, Amber gold color variants.
Apart from utilizing a fingerprint scanner, Huawei also says the phone can support up to five sets of different fingerprint records, both in normal and guest modes. In fact, for added security, the encrypted data of the fingerprints are kept within the chipset using ARM TrustZone.
The Ascend Mate 7 will also launch with EMUI 3.0, which is the newest version of Huawei's intuitive user interface. This makes it easier to operate with one hand and features a brand new look across the entire software interface. There's a new timeline design that has been used extensively throughout EMUI 3.0 for enhanced consistency across various apps.
In addition, EMUI 3.0 intuitively and actively addresses daily needs through practical and visually appealing design details, such as the convergence of key smartphone functions -- call, contact, and messaging -- all that can now be easily switched between with a single horizontal swipe.
The Huawei Ascend Mate 7 is set to be available in more than 30 countries including China, Germany, the UK, Italy, France and Spain. The phone is expected cost around 499 euros (around Rs. 40,000).