Sapphire and ceramic: Huawei upgrades Ascend P7 with new materials
Already at IFA this morning we’ve seen Huawei introduce the Ascend Mate 7 and Ascend G7, and while those help fulfill some of the Huawei rumors we’d been hearing leading up to this week, there was one more big one: the company had been officially teasing the launch of an updated version of its existing Ascend P7 handset with a scratch-resistant sapphire glass display. Just as we were hoping, today in Berlin Huawei shared new details about its sapphire-enhanced Ascend P7.
It’s not just sapphire, though: remember how we were curious what would be happening with the P7’s back panel? The original P7 was glass front and back, and the idea of just giving the phone a sapphire front, while leaving the back prone to scratches, sounded pretty odd. Though at the same time, a double-dose of sapphire might be prohibitively expensive. Instead, it turns out that Huawei is doing away with that rear glass entirely, and replacing it with a ceramic back panel – itself a premium material with damage-resistant properties.
Beyond that we also see some aesthetic changes, like giving the new sapphire P7 a rose gold-colored edge stripe. Internally, though, specs are unchanged from the original.
Huawei has yet to share specifics about the start of sales for this model, including the very relevant question of price.