After announcing the phone back at IFA in Germany, Huawei has tonight launched their current flagship phone, the Ascend Mate 7 in Australia.

Hauwei are launching two versions of the Ascend Mate 7 in Australia, one with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of on-board storage and one with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. Vodafone will be selling the lower-specced version, in Obsidian Black, through Dick Smith stores, with pricing and plans to be announced soon. The higher end model will be available from Harvey Norman and JB Hifi for $699 on November 17th in Amber Gold.

Huawei has poured a lot of effort into the Ascend Mate 7, including a long list of premium hardware specifications inside a premium body. The body of the phone is constructed of 95% metal, including an aluminium alloy interior chasis. The metal body also houses a surprise on the rear, a rear mounted fingerprint sensor which works with a press as opposed to the swipe action of other fingerprint scanners. The scanner also works with 360 readibility and has the ability to work even when your hands are wet, which Huawei says adds to making the unlocking process up to 85% faster. The sensor will store up to five fingerprints in the ARM TrustZone within the chipset which protects the prints from being accessed by third parties.

Huawei Ascend Mate 7 Fingerprint

At just 185 grams and just 7.9mm thin, the phone is fairly lightweight, especially considering the phone contains a massive 4,100mAh battery. With three battery saving modes built-in, Huawei say this insanely massive battery will last up to two days, something we look forward to testing. Also packed into this body is a 6″ in-cell FullHD (1920×1080) resolution LTPS display with a 1500:1 high contrast ratio and ultra-narrow 2.9mm bezel with an 83% screen-to-body ratio, which shrinks the overall size of the phone from what you’d expect.


Huawei has used their in-house developed Kirin 925 Octa-Core processor, which uses ARM’s big.LITTLE configuration, featuring 4x 1.8 GHz A15 cores and 4x 1.3GHz A7 cores. Camera wise, you can expect some great shots, with a 13MP Sony BSI sensor with f/2.0 aperture for the rear-facing camera, as well as a 5MP front-facing camera with a 5P non-spherical lens, which Huawei advise will allow for ‘higher definition and less image distortion’.

All the usual specs are included – Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 but it’s when you get to the LTE radios it gets interesting. Huawei is a world leader in mobile telephony, and they haven’t skimped on the Ascend Mate 7 including a Cat6 LTE modem, which offers download speeds up to 300 Mbps.

The Ascend Mate 7 is running the latest version of their customise Emotion UI – called EMUI – which has reached version 3.0 and is based on Android 4.4 (Kitkat). The new version is specifically designed to be operated with one hand – something important to think about on a phone with a 6″ display. As part of EMUI, functions such as call, contact, and messaging can now be switched through using a single horizontal swipe.

Huawei also unveiled some new accessories for the Ascend Mate 7, announcing UltimoPower Active Noise Cancelling Earphones which will offer noise reduction by up to 15-30db. They also announced their new leather Smart cases will be available to purchase down under. Pricing for the accessories will come at a later stage, but we hope they won’t be too much.

Ascend Mate 7 Accessories

The Ascend Mate 7 is looking like quite a good looking handset, with the addition of the biometric scanner on the back, it adds that little spark of difference that could make all the difference in the saturated Australian phone market. At $699 with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, it’s quite a bargain too when compared against some of the higher end flagship phones from other manufacturers. We look forward to checking the Ascend Mate 7 out in a full review as soon as possible.

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If Huawei can confirm that this is getting the Lollipop update, then this is looking like a superb phone for $699. The new face recognition in Lollipop would complement the fingerprint scanner very well.

I’ve also read that this has a microSD card slot which works as a second SIM slot if desired. Some sort of black magic going on here.

Looking forward to the review of the 32GB, 3GB RAM model.


In the XDA owners thread for this device, there are a couple of pics taken of a mod letting the combined second SIM/microSD carrier allow the socket to use both cards at the same time.
The outer most contact points in the socket are for the nano SIM, and the inner most contacts are for the microSD. Separate contacts, no magic at all.

edit: detail clarification


edit: delete previous reply.
I just read the write up on this Huawei device, over on Android Australia. What Huawei have done to Android with this latest iteration of their Emotion UI makes TouchWiz, and Sense both look tame and mild in comparison.
Without a custom ROM to eradicate Emotion, this Huawei is massively less worth considering thinking about than a Samsung or HTC.


The body of the is constructed of 05% metal. – quality journalism


Will be difficult to win back people after the update blog debacle.

Phone looks pretty cool though.


This is the first I’ve heard of a Huawei update blog debacle.
Details please.


you might want to proof read your article again…


I have been waiting a long time with a phone with a good battery..

I wonder how they will go with updates


Terribly. That’s the only thing which is holding me back from getting a device from one of these chinese manufacturers. They have terrible firmware update support – late and never.

The ascend mate 2 is already not going to be updated…

panda violent

i predict huawei will be no,1 in android as samsung is ripping off too much.

Joshua Hill

They already exist. Have a look at Sony’s Xperia Z range, including the compacts. Phenomenal battery life 🙂


I used to work with the Sonys and just saw constant screen backing cracks way more than any other phone I used to sell, so to be honest I’m not interested in the Sonys anymore as I do agree battery life is awesome


The sony battery is no where near as powerful as this . We are talking 3100 versus 4100 this is one super dooper battery .it has no competition .is beautiful looking phone as well with a scanner that actually works .unlike some brands whose scanners are annoying .

Joshua Hill

Battery capacity is only one small factor that determines a devices battery life.