Rubbing your eyes yet? That headline is not there to catch you out -- despite looking a dead ringer for HTC’s One M8 handset, this is Huawei’s latest smartphone offering. A premium build update on the Ascend G6 from earlier in the year, the Ascend G7 Metal looks great, even if it’s lacking in inspiration.
A 5.5-inch device with a 720p HD screen, it’s larger and sharper than the Ascend G6, but can’t match the full HD display of the HTC One M8 that obviously acts as its inspiration. More angular than the HTC One M8, it’s otherwise very similar aesthetically, with an aluminum casing, brushed finish and two-tone banding at the top and bottoms of the phone’s rear. At 7.6 mm thick, and with a 2.85mm bezel, it’s about as pocketable as a phone this size gets. It’s a little more rattley in its construction than the One M8, but as far as mid-range phones go, this will feel fittingly posh for the price bracket we expect the phone to land in.
Under the hood sits a Qualcomm MSM8916 1.2GHz quad-core processor, making full use of the chip’s 64-bit capabilities. A 13MP camera sits on the rear with a 5MP one up front, offering the same selfie camera optimisations that this year’s Ascend P7 did. Voice activated selfie shots and “beautification” image tweaks will all be included for some hands-free narcissism, with the front camera using a 28mm wide angle lens to better capture a scene.
A 3,000mAh battery is onboard, which should be enough to see the phone through a day’s use, while the latest version of Huawei’s Emotion UI (including a “Simple” interface option for smartphone novices) is laid on top of Android 4.4.2. 4G compatible, LTE cat 4 support offers theoretical top speeds of 150Mbps.
Pricing is yet to be confirmed, but expect the Ascend G7 Metal to land at around £250 (considerably cheaper than the HTC One M8) when it hits stores sometime in November.