The original Huawei Ascend P7 was launched four months ago, almost to the day (on May 7th to be exact). With attractive design and powerful hardware, the phone was, and still is, an interesting offering capable of successfully competing with many famous brands. However, the Chinese smartphone maker apparently thought that it still has more to offer and has just announced a new version of the Ascend P7 called Sapphire Edition which was first rumored about a month ago and was later confirmed by the manufacturer itself.
Huawei Ascend P7 Sapphire Edition
The name explains pretty much everything. The new variant of the Huawei Ascend P7 boasts sapphire glass on the front panel, which means that the phone will be practically indestructible. There exist quite a few presentations showing how much sapphire glass can take without suffering a single scratch. In case you haven’t seen any of these presentations, let us assure you that it’s quite a lot and the handset definitely won’t complain when thrown into a bag together with a set of keys and a bunch of other sharp objects.
The front is not the only part that has been toughened up. On the back Huawei used ceramic patterned material which is much more durable than standard glass. And it looks pleasant to the eye too. Around the top and side edges runs an aluminum band in a soft rose gold color which agrees very well with black casing. Insides, however, remain the same as in the original Ascend P7. In other words, users will get the familiar 5-inch 1080p display, a quad-core HiSilicon Kirin 910T processor clocked at 1.8GHz, Mali450 graphics, 2GB of RAM, expandable storage, 13-megapixel main camera and a massive 8-megapixel front-facing shooter.
The new Ascend P7 Sapphire Edition will go on sale in China later this month. Not everyone will be able to get their hands on the phone, though, as it will be available in limited quantities. Obviously it will be more expensive than the regular P7, however, for now the manufacturer is keeping the price a secret. Huawei’s CEO Richard Yu revealed that the company is holding talks with global distribution partners which suggests that international release is certainly a possibility in the future.