Despite making it clear it intends to exit the US mobile market, Huawei isn’t ready to abandon world domination plans, having a trio of top-shelf handhelds in the pipeline.

huawei ascend p6 Huawei Ascend P7 details start stacking up: FHD panel, 2 GB RAM, 8 MP front cam

There’s the “true” octa-core Glory 4, which rumor has it will see daylight by the end of the year (the clock is ticking, Huawei), the beastly Ascend Mate 2, set to go official at CES or MWC 2014, and above all, the Ascend P7, also expected at one of the two major tech expos.

Following on the footsteps of the European blockbuster Ascend P6, the P7 (codename “Sophia”) should keep the focus on the design, sleekness and compact form factor while considerably upping the performance ante.

Firstly, the display gets an 0.3 inch size bump, from 4.7 to 5, but more importantly raises the resolution bar from 720 to 1,080p (aka Full HD). No 2K? Nope, however deep down, we all know that’s a gimmick and it’s impossible to tell the difference between 1,080 and 1,440p.

Moving on, we have a homemade quad-core 1.6 GHz HiSilicon Balong 910 CPU running P7’s hardware show that’s not even official yet, therefore likely being quite special and zippy. Then you get 2 GB RAM for smooth multitasking, 16 GB built-in storage, microSD support, 4G LTE speeds (nice), and a 2,460 mAh battery.

Huawei Ascend P7 Huawei Ascend P7 details start stacking up: FHD panel, 2 GB RAM, 8 MP front cam

Yes, I know, the ticker doesn’t sound great. But think about it, the Ascend P6 tipped the scales at 120 grams and measured a downright anorexic 6.2 mm in thickness, so if its successor follows that same direction, there’s really no way to accommodate a much bigger cell.

Again, a full-metal frame is most definitely in the cards here, plus a 13 MP rear-facing camera with LED flash and, get this, an 8 MP secondary snapper for the “best selfie videos”. Brace yourselves, duckfaces are coming.

Expect the Ascend P7 out and about in April 2014 with an unknown version of Android (4.4 KitKat almost certainly) and Huawei’s own Emotion UI 2.0 on top. Provided GSM Arena’s scoop is legit, which you can never be sure of.

Source: GSM Arena