Huawei’s supersized flagship may’ve taken center stage at the company’s press launch in Cape Town last night (kudos for how they’ve taken advantage of AfricaCom). As you probably might know, Huawei is one of the many Asian mobile companies that are obsessed with phablets due to local and international demand.
As such, it’s no surprise that there’s a follow-up model to the 6.1-inch Ascend Mate 2 (which never made it to SA). Announced at IFA a few months ago is the slightly smaller 6-inch Ascend Mate 7 (yes, somehow it skipped four model numbers), which, as you’ve probably already seen in previous reports features a fingerprint reader on the back. As it turns out, unlike the traditional swipe-style scanner on, say, the similar-looking HTC One Max, the Mate 7 uses a more convenient one-touch sensor similar to that of the iPhone 5s. The Ascend Mate7 is said to be available from early 2015, with the standard version retailing at a recommended price of between R7000-R9000 while pricing for the Dual SIM is still to be announced
But there was still plenty of love in reserve for another new addition to its product range: the Ascend G7. It also caters to those who like their screens big, and the spec sheet is nothing to shrug at. Build quality has been awarded particular priority, with most of the phone constructed from a single piece of metal, and the imaging experience has been carefully considered too. It’s not exactly cheap at R5000, however, which may leave some wondering where exactly the G7 fits in.