Huawei teases sapphire-screened smartphone

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Smartphones with scratch-resistant sapphire crystal protecting their displays are no longer the stuff of bank-breaking luxury phones; with the launch of the Kyocera Brigadier, they’re soundly within reach of the average smartphone buyer. Still, sapphire’s arrived with more of a whimper than a bang, and it remains to be seen if efforts from big names like Apple will be what the material needs to really go mainstream. Another manufacturer has just stepped forward with news of a sapphire-screened handset of its own, as Huawei confirms rumors about its plans for a sapphire-covered version of this year’s Ascend P7.

The sapphire P7 was first teased by company exec Yu Chengdong earlier this month, but a new post to his Weibo account this week directly confirms the news. We don’t have anything like a launch date just yet, but with IFA so close by, it’s hard to read this news without thinking about a possible announcement at the trade show.

We’ve also got questions about the hardware itself, not the least of which being just how much sapphire we’re talking about. After all, the Ascend P7 is one of those phones with a glass back as well as front, and it’s not clear if Huawei intends to only give the display side the sapphire treatment, or if that might extend all the way around the phone’s body.

Similarly, we haven’t heard anything about any other internal hardware changing, so until we’re told differently, we’ll be expecting this new P7 to sport another five-inch 1080p display, have a 13MP main camera with 8MP front-facer, and run a quad-core Kirin 910T SoC.

Source: Huawei (Weibo)
Via: GSM Arena

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