Tablet, smartphone, whatever. These distinctions mean little anymore. Huawei’s Ascend Mate 7, at a little over 6-inches, straddles the line between smartphone and tablet for those that can’t choose between the two, or afford both.
The Ascend Mate 7’s key feature is a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner. It’s not a feature that’s impressed in the past -- the HTC One Max shared similar dimensions and similar placing for its scanner, and proved annoying at best, useless at worst. Huawei claims to have made significant improvements compared to HTC’s efforts though -- fingers can be scanned at any angle, not just straight on, which should make getting a blind-side reading a little easier.
It’s an otherwise solid handset. That screen is running at a full HD resolution, with a 368 ppi. A stonking Kirin 825 Octo Core processor (4 x A15 at 1.8GHz, 4x A7 at 1.3GHz) powers the Android 4.4. handset, with a 4,100mAh battery with three different power saving modes hopefully ensuring that big display doesn’t keep you tethered to a power socket all day long.
A 13MP camera sits on the back, as well as 5MP camera up front, continuing Huawei's recent selfie-focussed fixation. A super-speedy LTE cat 6 modem will offer the fastest mobile download speeds currently commercially possible (dependant on network, of course) with top theoretical download speeds of 300Mbps.
No word on pricing yet, but this should be in shops before the end of October.