Huawei beats Apple to sapphire glass smartphone

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Huawei beats Apple to sapphire glass smartphone

Huawei Technologies has unveiled a slate of new devices meant to showcase the Chinese company's hardware technology, just days before Apple releases its highly anticipated iPhone 6 on 9 September.

Huawei, which began as a telecom equipment company in 1987, has rapidly transformed itself in recent years into the world's No.3 smartphone maker behind Samsung and Apple.

On Friday, Huawei said it would release a limited edition of its high-end Ascend P7 phone with a sapphire glass display. It has been speculated that Apple will begin mass producing devices using the costly but durable material.

At the IFA electronics trade show in Berlin, Huawei also said its Ascend Matenew Ascend P7 phone7 "phablet" would become the first Android smartphone on the market with a finger-print sensor, a technology that was first seen on Apple's iPhone 5s, announced last September.

In a statement, the company's smartphone division chief Richard Yu said the sapphire glass phone demonstrated Huawei's "advanced craftsmanship" and its ability to "deliver the most advanced technology into the hands of consumers".

Huawei claimed 6.9 percent smartphone market share in the second quarter according to analyst IDC, behind Samsung's 25.2 percent and Apple's 11.9 percent.

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