IFA 2014: Huawei announces Ascend Mate 7; huge display, minimal bezel, eight cores

IFA 2014: Huawei announces Ascend Mate 7; huge display, minimal bezel, eight cores

Summary: Huawei continues to release high quality phones at reasonable prices and the upcoming Mate 7 looks to push the technology further with a few interesting innovations.

IFA 2014: Huawei announces Ascend Mate 7; huge display, minimal bezel, eight cores
(Image: Huawei)

Huawei's smartphone market share continues to grow. Its new Ascend Mate 7 with a 6-inch display has the power to challenge other flagship devices.

The Ascend Mate 2 made me a believer in Huawei's devices. The Mate 7 impresses me even more because it's a phone that's all display. It has an 83 percent screen-to-body ratio, which beats the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy S5, HTC One M8, iPhone 5S, and more.

It is just a bit larger than the 5.7 inch Galaxy Note 4, but also thinner at just 7.9mm.

(Image: Huawei)

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In addition to the large 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution display and minimal bezel, Huawei is including a fingerprint scanner on the back.

Unlike the failed HTC One Max scanner, this one just requires a touch to activate rather than a swipe. You will also find a 13 megapixel camera on the back.

Other interesting features include active noise-canceling headphones powered by the phone (the Sony Xperia Z3 has this too), an 8-megapixel front-facing camera (there's an interesting panorama front-facing feature on the Mate 2 as well), Octa core chipset that has two quad-cores which spin up when needed, and a tunable antenna.

The device also lands with a massive 4,000 mAh battery that should power the large display for a couple days.

The MSRP of the Ascend Mate 7 (2GB RAM and 16GB ROM) is 499 euros, while that of the premium Huawei Ascend Mate 7 (3GB RAM and 32GB ROM) is 599 euros. It will be available in more than 30 countries/territories including mainland China, Hong Kong, UK, Germany, Italy, France and Spain from Q3 2014, with other markets to follow.

Topics: Mobility, Android, Smartphones

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  • Active Noise Cancelling

    Interesting... do any pair of headphones work, or do you have to use the ones that Huaweii provides?
  • Oh someone noticed that screen area to overall area ratio is important!

    Kudos to Huawei.
    It's kinda silly that iPhone tries to be thin and has such a pathetic screen to body area ratio - I've said it long ago, some phones are filled with "sweet nothing".
    As displays are getting bigger, hopefully others will follow the trend.
    • Agree

      Agreed, I'd already own the latest Nexus 7 (2013), except that it's got these foot-long bezels on top and bottom.

      I've never really felt that the bezels on phones and tablets served much of any real purpose from a usability standpoint.
      • I too find the nexus 7

        with unaceptable amounts of bezel, coupled with an already narrow aspect ratio, and space wasting horizonal navigation bar in landscape mode. Then using the chrome browser you have tabs taking up even more space. There is surprisingly small page content to "chrome" ratio in landscape mode on the nexus 7. Then in portrait mode, the aspect ratio is too narrow to fit full desktop web pages comfortably. Why bother using a tablet if I just end up using mobile sites. The first nexus 7 was as least quite cheap for the time, so things were more forgivable.

        As much of a ribbing samsung gets for the capacitive buttons violating google design guidlines, I think they got it more right, for tablets anyway, as well as apple ipad, with a wider aspect ratio, small bezels and capacitive or physical button(s)
  • That isn't the phone I want.

    I don't know why the phone makers don't get it. It is so simple to make a phone without spending too much on the custom parts they want to include. The savings can be huge.

    1. I really like the Mate 7 design offered in many colors. I keep this screen size and design but reduce the resolution to 1920 by 1080 with excellent color fidelity and brightness.
    2. A large replaceable battery, about 4000 mAh should suffice, 32GB of space and 2GB of RAM. No other SKUs.
    3. A 5 MP front facing camera and a 13 MP back camera (and flash) with decent quality, HDR, image stabilization and whatever else makes a worthwhile camera.
    4. Option to either use the custom skin of the phone maker or vanilla Android (with regular updates pushed by Google) that can be downloaded from the manufacturer's website.
    5. No special fingerprint scanner functions, heart monitor, pedometer, etc. Waste of space and battery life. Not really accurate enough and acceptable to the medical community.
    6. Excellent GPS module and latest Bluetooth. No stylus offered on this particular model. A microSD card slot supporting up to 128 GB cards.
    7. All powered by a decent quad core processor with good graphics based on the latest tech. Doesn't have to be the best chip in the lineup, but the most efficient one.

    All this shouldn't cost more than $400, I think.
    • That price is agressive

      the Nexus 5 is $350 and is only 5" with somef the specs you mentioned.
      • Very true. I have the phone too. But if I want something bigger.........

        The point I am trying to make is that the majority of the population aren't interested in the exotic features that are being added to smartphones. I certainly don't want to swallow the cost for adding these useless features. I like my updates and people who use laptops do have a clue about the updates that are available and check if there is a provision for it. Huawei has the facilities to manufacture a phone that follows the KISS principle. Is it difficult to ask for something like this. They don't even have to make an effort to get people to buy their phone. All they have to do is to say that it is the simplest device they could make and the savings have been passed down to the consumer. People flock to such stuff more often than the flash crap a lot of manufacturers put out.

        In a world where everybody is trying hard to make their phones stand out by adding the most nonsensical stuff to the phones, someone should go the other direction just to show every one up. This would be the ideal device and company in my opinion.

        I will even say that I would buy the phone for every member of my family too. With phone performance hitting a sort of a plateau, I wouldn't need to upgrade for a couple of years and all this 4K stuff needs a couple more years to mature. Pushing the envelope is good, but putting out half baked tech that becomes obsolete as the target tech matures is really not necessary.

        Purely my opinion
  • Interesting phablet

    I wonder if they will sell stateside through their website.
  • Seems nice to me

    I am not being a very big admirer of Huwaei phone but Ascend Mate 7 seems a nice options given the specifications. I would love to give it a try if they keep the price in my budget. Any idea when are they planning to release it?
    Checkout http://www.youthstep.com/technology/ifa-2014-day-2/1205.html