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Huawei Ascend P7 shows off its narrow glass body (pictures)

The Huawei Ascend P7 has an extremely slim glass-backed body. Check out these hands-on pictures.

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Huawei has a new flagship phone to brag about. The Ascend P7 has a 5-inch, Full HD display, a quad-core processor and a whopping 8-megapixel front-facing camera.

It's due to go on sale in Europe and Asia in June, although Huawei hasn't confirmed a price or whether it will go on sale in the US or Australia.

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Instead of the metal back of its predecessor, the rear of the Ascend P7 is made from toughened third-generation Gorilla Glass.

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It's slightly thicker than its predecessor the P6, but at 6.5mm it's still incredibly narrow.

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Its 5-inch display is larger than the 4.7 inches of the Ascend P6. Its narrow bezel means the body of the phone hasn't had to stretch out too much.

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It's available in black as well. I'm not sure which I prefer.

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Both black and white models have a slight dotted pattern beneath the glass, which I think looks quite attractive.

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Gorilla Glass 3 is apparently great at repelling scratches -- we'll see how it fares against keys, coins and the other detritus in my pockets in the full review.

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That's an 8-megapixel camera on the front. Want your selfies to look ultra-crisp? This could be the phone for you.

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The power button is a little metal dot set into the metal surround. It felt like you could easily find it in your pocket.

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There's a microSD card slot tucked into the edge, allowing you to expand the 16GB of built-in storage.

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Huawei has moved the headphone jack from the ridiculous spot on the side of the phone to the top.

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Although a sizeable 5 inches, it's not uncomfortable to hold in one hand.

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Huawei has slapped on its Emotion UI over the top of Android. I'm not a huge fan -- there's no app tray, meaning all your icons and widgets are scattered among the numerous home screens, which can quickly become cluttered.

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It does have the latest Android 4.4 KitKat software on board, however.

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It operates much like regular Android at its heart though, so existing 'Droiders won't find it too difficult to get to grips with.

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Emotion UI does allow for customisation using a variety of themes that change everything from the colour schemes to the app icons.

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There's also a simplified home screen mode, which will come in handy for anyone terrified of jumping into the regular interface.

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There's a 13-megapixel camera on the back, with an LED flash beneath it.

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The camera comes with the usual scene modes and image effects, as well as a feature that pairs an image with 10 seconds of audio -- a feature lifted directly from Samsung's recent Galaxy range.

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