Huawei’s Ascend P7 Sapphire Version is elegantly robust
Huawei’s a smartphone producer that likes to remain very a lot on development. At IFA this yr, it unveiled the newest gadget in its giant-display Ascend Mate collection, which features a fingerprint sensor akin to that of the HTC One Max and iPhone 5s. Whereas that handset was very a lot the star of the present, Huawei additionally introduced the brand new Ascend P7 Sapphire Version alongside for the world’s press to take a look at, and it is the primary time we have seen it within the flesh since listening to about it late final month. Sapphire appears set to develop into the brand new buzzwordy function of subsequent-era telephones, and Huawei’s ensuring it is fast out of the gate. We know full nicely what’s inside the brand new P7 version and the way it’s more likely to carry out, which left us loads of time to drool over the brand new premium look that’ll flip heads and take a critical beating.
Huawei’s given the Sapphire Version virtually an entire makeover. For starters, the glass on the entrance (if you have not cottoned on by now) is constructed from tremendous-robust sapphire. We already understand how a lot punishment sapphire glass can snigger off with no seen injury, however we gave the P7 a quick thrashing regardless. Fortunately, Huawei had tethered a couple of small penknives to the demo space for simply this objective (they have been additionally useful for preserving different rabid journalists from getting snatchy). The glass shrugged off each assault simply, although we did not anticipate a lot else — you would not precisely embrace knives within the demo space in case you weren’t one hundred pc positive your system might deal with them.
It isn’t simply the entrance that is been toughened up, both, because the again panel is not lavatory-normal glass, however ceramic. Not solely is the fabric extra sturdy, but in addition its bubble-like patterning provides some additional, pleasing element. The aluminum band that runs across the prime and sides of the system has additionally been re-skinned in a mushy rose gold colour. It is virtually too decadent given the telephone can be simply as glad in a toolbox as a jean pocket, however it seems nice towards the deep black of the remainder of the handset.
So, not solely has the P7 been handled to extra premium supplies on the back and front, but in addition the entire package deal seems like a a lot superior model of the unique. The one factor that provides away the smartphone’s roots is the naked, curved plastic on the underside fringe of the handset. It does not do a lot to taint its general attraction, nevertheless. Huawei’s releasing a restricted amount of Sapphire Version units in China later this month, and whereas the precise worth stays a thriller, it’s going to undoubtedly be costlier than the usual P7 (duh!). The agency’s CEO Richard Yu informed us discussions with international distribution companions are ongoing, so it is potential we might see a wider rollout sooner or later, however that state of affairs continues to be removed from a lock.
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