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Huawei's IFA unveiling comes with several previously seen features, but might still serve the phablet market well with its focus on performance. The Mate7's 4100mAh battery supports roughly 8 CPU cores of Huawei's Kirin 925 processor, with Mali-T628 graphics as well. It also borrows from the iPhone, coming in with its own security features built around a fingerprint sensor. Other high-end specs include the 6-inch FHD display, 13-megapixel camera and 5-megapixel selfie camera. The Emotion UI 3.0 also promises to keep its high-end experience simple.
Huawei's third IFA 2014 smartphone looks to be the lowest-specked, but still continues their Ascend G sub-series. This 5.5-inch phablet sports 13- and 5-megapixel cameras, packed with an array of features that probably aim to contend with that of Xperias from Sony and Galaxy models from Samsung. Its performance tells us that it settles for a mid-range seat, with a 1.2GHz quad-core engine (64-bit) and a 2GB RAM. Its 3000mAh battery power is quite decent, though. It also drags the resolution down to 720p, probably in order to retain the flagship look with a cheaper price tag.
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The 5-inch Honor Holly is a mid-range Android from Huawei featuring version 2.3 of their proprietary Emotion user interface. Its 720p display supports 3D game graphics and HD video streaming with the help of OTP color calibration. The 2000mAh battery that powers it up is also equipped with the Smart Power 2.0, promising to extend the expected battery life by more than 30%. Also included in its mid-range feature set is an 8-megapixel rear camera, a 16GB internal memory and a quad-core processor clocked in at 1.3GHz with 1GB worth of RAM to boot.
The Huawei P8 packs a 5.2-inch 424DPI of 424DPI display and an octa-core Hisilicon Kirin 930 (64bit) 2Ghz processor with 3GB of RAM. The 13-megapixel main camera comes with a dual-temperature flash and records videos at 1080p while the selfie one offers eight megapixels. All of this sits in a 6.4mm-thick casing, which is among the thinnest smartphones currently available. Put aside a rather meager 2680mAh battery (considering the ambitious 5.2-inch display and octa-core processor), the rest of the Huawei P8 specs are pretty typical of flagship-grade phones for 2015.
A premium-tier smartphone that banks on an 8-core processor and dedicated GPU for supporting power-hungry apps that mid-level phones cannot. It also ramps up the usual RAM capacity to 3GB. With LTE becoming the global standard, Huawei is perhaps a step ahead, as the Honor 6 offers an up-to-300Mbps data rate. Its considerably slim body (7.5mm)is the result of a 6-layer high composite technology - only observed on a handful of other phones upon its release. Other features include a multi-functioned 13-megapixel BSI camera and their signature Emotion UI 2.3.
Huawei's Fusion 3 is the third installment to the Chinese brand's AT&T-carried Fusion series, sporting a 4.5-inch facade adorned with a 2-megapixel front cam and a 5-megapixel HD-recording sensor at the back. Also known as the Tribute, this LTE-capable model runs on a 1.2GHz quad-core processor with 1GB worth of RAM to work with. Other specs include a 4GB native memory expandable to up to 32GB via a microSD card and a 2000mAh lithium-ion battery promising a maximum of 250/8 hours of standby/calling (3G) time.
The Huawei P8lite, as its name suggests, is an offshoot of the original P8 that dials down several of its key specs. These include its slightly smaller 5-inch screen and lower clock speed at 1.2GHz, though it nicely retains the octa-core architecture. It also lists an HDR noise reduction system under its selling points. The P8lite also brings back the 13-megapixel BSI back-facing sensor offered by the P8, but it comes with a less-capable 5-megapixel selfie cam. Topping off its mid-range profile are a 16GB internal memory and a 2GB RAM.
Potentially one of the more enduring phablets in the market, the Ascend Mate2 supports up to 2.5 days of mixed usage (according to Huawei) on as single charge with its 4050mAh non-removable battery. With this capacity, it can also act as a power source for other mobile devices through a reverse charging feature. A 1.6GHz quad-core processor also helps with the heavy lifting, while the simplified Emotion UI 2.0 promises a lighter experience up front. Its pair of 13-megapixel and 5-megapixel cameras also level, and even out-spec other phablets in the same price range.
Huawei updates their Ascend G sub-series with the 5-inch Ascend G630, which brings back their signature Emotion UI v2.0. Adreno 302 graphics and an HD (720p) resolution are also part of its display elements. Just like other mid-range Androids from Huawei, the G630 supports voice commands for certain functions and comes with the Qualcomm Audio+ Effects sound-enhancing technology. It operates on a 1.2GHz quad-core processor and powers up from a 2000mAh battery. The G630's main camera stands at 8 megapixels, while its front-facing partner is at 1-megapixel.
A 2014 model that might have been intended for practical buyers who simply want a taste of the Android world. Its 2100mAh battery and 1.3GHz dual-core engine might make it slightly more enduring than similar phones, but despite that, it only features a 0.3-megapixel (VGA) front camera and Bluetooth v3.0, but the main camera is more typical of that category, at 5 megapixels. The phone's frame is metallic, which comes in as a surprise, considering how higher-end models use only plastic and the display spans 5 inches, which almost puts the Y600 near the phablet category -- but obviously, we mean slow phablets.
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