Huawei’s new phablet is an eight-core behemoth

Huawei today announced the Ascend Mate7, the successor to its 6-inch Ascend Mate phablet. The Mate7’s flagship feature is what’s being described as an “eight-plus-one-core” processor.

Huawei today announced the Ascend Mate7, the successor to its 6-inch Ascend Mate phablet. The Mate7’s flagship feature is what’s being described as an “eight-plus-one-core” processor. Known as the Kirin 925, the processor is made up of four 1.8GHz cores, four small 1.3GHz cores and a single 230MHz core. These cores are activated in various configurations depending on the power requirements of an app or function. Huawei alleges battery can be conserved by up to 50% through the use of the 1.3GHz cores.

The Ascend Mate7 shares the same 6-inch screen as its predecessor, but the resolution has been increased from 720p to a 1080p. Huawei have not opted for a Quad HD screen as featured in competing phones such as Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4.

In addition, the Ascend Mate7 boasts CAT6 LTE, a 4100mAH battery, 13 megapixel rear-facing camera and a fingerprint reader on the device’s back. The phone runs Android 4.4, is just 7.9mm thick and weighs 185 grams. Bezel has been reduced to 2.9mm, giving the Ascend Mate7 an 83% screen-to-body ratio.

The Ascend Mate7 will come in two models, a standard featuring 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage retailing for €499 (AUD$690.86), and a premium with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage for €599 (AUD$829.33). The device will release this quarter in Europe, local pricing and release has yet to be confirmed.

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