Cleaning up a few bits and pieces from the end of last week, we turn our attention back to Chinese manufacturer Huawei, the guys behind the Ascend Mate7 – the latest “world’s fastest phone”.
In fact, we’re cramming two new Huawei phones into one news-bite, namely the upper-midrange Ascend G7 (above left) and the Ascend P7 Sapphire Edition (above right).
Starting with the Huawei Ascend G7, it made its debut over in IFA 2014 in Berlin with specs including a 5.5in “HD” (that’s 720p) display, quad-core 1.2GHz processor, 2GB of RAM, and 13MP/5MP cameras.
Huawei Ascend G7 price comes in at €299 (directly translated as £240), and while the UK doesn’t appear in the initial availability list, we’re told other markets will follow.
As for the Huawei Ascend P7 Sapphire Edition, it cheekily touches down just a few days before the iPhone 6 launch. Indeed, Huawei even says that sapphire glass “is expected to be the screen of choice for premium handset device manufacturing in 2014”.
Sapphire glass remains largely unproven, and while Huawei says it’s the "most ‘scratch-resistant’ material", some wonder how much additional protection it’ll provide over the likes of Gorilla Glass.
Huawei Ascend P7 Sapphire Edition specs are otherwise identical to those on the base model (and the Arsenal Edition), and the phone is predictably promised in “limited quantity” – that’s in China first, with further detail about international availability to follow in due course.