Yesterday we were fortnate enough to be at the Huawei Ascend Mate 7 and Ascend G launch at the Veledrome stadium in Berlin. The event covered in great detail every aspect of the two new devices, with particular emphasis on the new Flagship phablet, the Ascend Mate 7. Let’s take a look at some of the features and technologies presented at the event.
The Ascend Mate 7 Display
Hauwei Mobile Group Chairman Richard Yu Chengdong took to the stage to introduce the Mate 7 in some detail. He started with the display which is a substantial, large 6 inches across the diameter and is manufactured by Japan Display Inc and uses IPS-Neo with negative liquid crystal.
The 1080p panel also has the largest screen to body ratio of any comparable device on the market, using super slim bezels on the sides of the device.
Al of this means that despite having a massive 6 inch screen, the mate 7 compares very well to competitors like the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, HTC One Note and Sony Xperia T2 Ultra.
Build and Design
The Ascend Mate 7 also competes very well when it comes to the devices’ thinness- an impressive 7.9mm.
In terms of overall design, many have compared the Mate7 to the HTC One devices which also use an aluminum, uni-body design with a gently curving back. I think to call it a copy of the HTC One is taking things a bit far, but there are certainly similar levels of quality, with a great in hand feel that is really solid and sell balanced.
The use of a uni-body metal chassis will be popular with end-users who we feel have tired of typical plastic back design that can feel cheap.
Kirin 925 Octa-Core Processor
For sure, one of the most interesting aspects ofthe Mate 7 is the fact that it uses a custom built, in-house developed processor. The Kirin 925 is based on the ARM big.LITTLE architecture which pairs four low powered Cortex A7 cores with four high-performance Cortex A15 cores.The idea is that the Kirin 925 chip can dynamically switch between cores to provide a very optimized performance curve which can also keep power draw at a minimum.
The Kirin 925 diagram below highlights the sensor array that is built into the Kirin 925. Theis sensor management include proximity, gyroscopr, accelerometer and compass sensors. Remarkably they draw only 0.009W/MHz, so they do need to be turned off and can still operate and collect data 24 hours per day.
Global LTE Support
The Kirin 925 also integrates full and diverse category 6 LTE support that is compatible with all regional and global standards. This is partly possible due to Huawei’s historical expertise with telephony components. Cat 6 LTE means blistering speeds of up to 300mpbs.
A great deal of work has been made to ensure excellent reception, with antenna in both the top and bottom portions of the device.
Leading Battery Life
The Huawei Ascend Mate 7 packs an incredible 4,100mAh battery that the company explains will last you up to 2-3 days of regular usage.
Huawei showed a chart comparing battery life of the Mate 7 with other comparable offerings.
The Mate 7 incorporates a 4th generation Sony Xmor sensor alongside a BSI sensor and F/2.0 aperture lens. The camera app and the gallery app are integrated to make switching between shots and live shooting easier.
Dual SIM Support
The Ascend mate 7 also incorporates Dual SIMs, a popular and almost standard feature among many Chinese smartphones and a feature I hope we see more of. It makes things a lot easier when traveling abroad, and is very useful for business users who use both personal and corporate SIM cards.
In general, the Huawei Ascent Mate 7 seems to be a great phablet. A real contender and a device that we are currently comparing to the rest of the best including the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. make sure to check out our unboxing and first impressions video shot just after the launch event here in Berlin. Check it out below.