At its IFA press conference, Huawei announced the Ascend G7 – an affordable 5.5-inch smartphone with an all-metallic chassis – and a special edition of the Ascend P7 with a sapphire display.
With a thickness of 7.6mm and a brushed metal design available in silver, grey and golden hues, the Ascend G7 is the latest device to feature a 64-bit processor. While the Desire 820 and Lenovo Vibe Z2 favored the 1.4 GHz Snapdragon 615, Huawei has decided to go with the 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 410 on the G7. Other specs of the device include a 5.5-inch 720p display, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB internal memory expandable up to 64GB via microSD, 13 MP camera at the back with Sony's fourth-generation Exmor imaging sensor, 5 MP front shooter with wide-angle lens, LTE Category 4 connectivity and a 3,000 mAh battery. When it comes to the software, the Ascend G7 runs Android 4.4 KitKat overlaid with Huawei's Emotion 3.0 user interface.
Boasting a €250 (£199 / $325) price tag, the Ascend G7 will be available sometime in the month of November.
The Ascend P7 Sapphire Edition will launch in limited quantities later this quarter in China. Dubbed as the first LTE handset in the country with a sapphire screen, the Ascend P7 Sapphire Edition features increased scratch resistance as well as superior infrared and thermal conductivity. Specs of the device are unchanged from the standard Ascend P7, and include a 5-inch full-HD display, 1.8 GHz octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 910T SoC, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB internal memory, LTE Category 4 connectivity, 13 MP camera at the back and an 8 MP shooter at the front along with a 2500 mAh battery.
This isn't the first time Huawei launched a limited edition of the Ascend P7, as the manufacturer unveiled an Ascend P7 Arsenal Edition earlier this year for fans of the club.