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Huawei ascends with three 4G phones at IFA 2014

Huawei has announced three 4G phones at IFA 2014, the Ascend Mate 7, Ascend G7 and P7 Sapphire Edition. 

The Ascend Mate 7 is a 6-inch phone, rather than a 7-inch tablet that its name might suggest. 

In an attempt to keep up with the competition it features a fingerprint scanner (iPhone 5S anyone?)  on the back, alongside the main 13-megapixel rear camera. For selfies there’s a 5-megapixel front-facer too – provided you can hold it comfortably in one hand.  

Huawei ascends with three 4G phones at IFA 2014
Keys to Ascension: Huawei’s 6-icnh Ascend Mate 7

The Ascend Mate 7 powered by an octa-core 1.8GHz Kirin 825 processor, a whopping 4100mAh battery and a Cat 6 LTE radio, which gives Huawei the need to claim the device as ‘the world’s fastest phone’. 

In theory, this should see you capable of getting top download speeds of 300Mbps. In practice, us Brits can only get these kinds of speeds in a corner of London right now. Until EE (or someone else) starts rolling out 4G speed boosts nationwide, that’s the way it’s going to stay.  

Aside from the Ascend Mate 7, Huawei whipped out the Ascend G7 at IFA. This is the mid-range device in the Chinese manufacturer’s latest lineup. It totes a 5.5-inch screen and runs on a 1.2GHz quad-core 64-bit processor with 2GB of RAM.

Huawei ascends with three 4G phones at IFA 2014
Like a G7: The Ascend G7 is smaller than the Mate 7, but no less selfie-tastic

Encased in a smart aluminium shell, it’s pretty thin at 7.6mm and there’s 16GB of in-built storage plus a microSD card slot that can handle cards of up to 64GB.

Like the Ascend Mate 7 there’s a 13-megapixel main camera plus a 5-megapixel selfie snapper. The Ascend G7 is expected to go on sale in November and although no prices have been announced, rumours suggest it’ll cost around £250 SIM free.

Finally, the Huawei P7 Sapphire Edition is a redesigned version of the current P7 flagship. The special edition, as the name suggests, is covered in a pane of Sapphire glass, which is normally used to protect a smartphone camera’s lens rather than the whole device. One for the more accident prone buyer perhaps. 

The other features remain though: a 5-inch, 1080p screen, 13-megapixel camera and a quad-core 1.8GHz Cortex-A9 processor with 2GB of RAM. Price and availability for the three new Huawei phones has yet to be confirmed. 

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