Huawei has released a new phone which they hope will attract buyers. It?s a slim and sleek phone that is 6.5 millimeters thick and has the ability to take high resolution selfies with its 8 megapixel front facing camera. It?s Huawei?s new flagship phone, the Ascend P7.
Released at an event in Paris, the P7 sports flagship specs that Huawei hopes will compete with the other companies? flagship models. The P7 is priced at around ?449 or $625 without a contract, and will be made available this month in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. There is no word yet on whether the device will be sold on US soil.
As far as Europe is concerned, Orange will be the one to sell the device in all of its European stores, from June 7, according to the company?s executive vice president of connected objects and partnerships, Yves Maitre.
In terms of specifications, the LTE ready smartphone runs with Android 4.4 out of the box and is powered by a quad core processor running at 1.8GHz. The screen size is at 5 inches with a resolution of 1920 by 1080 pixels. The built in storage is at 16GB with a microSD slot and the RAM is at 2GB. The front facing camera is at 8MP while the back camera at 13MP.
Huawei is banking on the P7?s thickness (or thinness) and light weight, will attract their buyers. In comparison to those specs, the Samsung Galaxy S5 is at 8.1 millimeters and weighs 145 grams.
Huawei was the third largest smartphone developer last year, shipping approximately 48.8 million units which was just enough to beat out LG Electronics as well as Lenovo. It?s still far behind compared to the top two giants Samsung and Apple though. The company is hoping to increase shipments this year to 80 million, but they will need the P7 to be very successful in order to do so.
Initial impressions of the phone at the event were good, with the phones feeling substantial, with no flexing even with the slim design. Displays were crisp and vibrant, compared to the somber lighting in the room.
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