True phablets have been few and far
between at IFA this year, but it seems
Huawei didn’t get memo, as the company
has just unveiled the Ascend Mate 7 — with a 6-inch screen.
Somewhere we’ll find that rogue “1”.
The Mate 7 still looks huge when held up to the average human
face, but nevertheless, it’s a good-looking phone and it’s got some
pretty fancy tech on board including the fastest 4G LTE technology,
which means it’s compatible with the next generation of 4G.
Not only is the chassis quite large, but the teensy bezel on the
phone means that you get a heck of a lot of screen for your money.
The resolution of the display is 1,920×1,080 pixels, which works
out as 368 pixels per inch (ppi). It’s not as pin-sharp as phablet
rival, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, offers, which boasts over 500ppi,
but it’ll be more than enough to suit most people.
Inside is an octa-core processor, four cores of which are
clocked at 1.8GHz, and the other four of which are 1.3GHz each.
(Because battery life improvement and power efficiency, that’s
why.) The Mate 7’s beating heart is a 4,100mAh battery, which
should keep the phone ticking along for a reasonable amount of time
in spite of its ginormous, juice-sapping screen. On the back is a
13-megapixel camera and on the front is a 5-megapixel camera and
you have 32GB of in-built storage to load up with photos (which can
be extended up to 64GB with microSD).
The Mate 7 has a fingerprint scanner on the rear that can be
used to unlock the phone with just a tap, and 360-degree
recognition means you don’t have to make sure your finger is at the
right angle for it to register.
At its thickest point, the Mate 7 measures 7.9mm to make it
easier to hold. As phablets go, this one is solid, not too heavy
and the soft, shiny metal finish gives it an expensive look and
feel. The fingerprint sensor is indented, which is a nice touch,
although the bezel is slightly thicker in real life than it
appeared in the marketing materials.
The Ascend Mate 7 will be out in the UK in October, and you can
expect it to cost over £400.