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We’ve seen flagship handsets from most of the big boys this year, but Huawei has yet to show its hand, until now, with the Ascend P7 hitting stores shortly, bringing 4G and a thickness that has to be seen to be believed.

A new entry in Huawei’s long running “performance” range of Ascend handsets, the P7 will bring a 5 inch screen and Android 4.4 “KitKat” to anyone not keen on the $700-999 prices that other 5 inch smartphones currently pull in locally.

“Huawei’s relentless commitment to developing premium quality smartphones over the past three years has paid off,” said Howard Chen, Head of Devices at Huawei Australia, adding that “we are now ranked number three globally in terms of smartphone shipments, and our brand recognition in Australia is growing steadily.”

“We are delighted to offer the Ascend P7 in Australia and providing customers good value for money with one of the slimmest and ultra-fast 4G LTE smartphones in the market,” said Chen.

That slim phone is 6.5mm thin, even more svelte than the 6.7mm Galaxy Alpha announced by Samsung earlier in the week, with Huawei also throwing in a quad-core 1.8GHz processor, 2500mAh battery, 16GB storage, 2GB RAM, Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi, and NFC.

Category 4 4G LTE is also here, providing speeds as high as 150Mbps down and 50Mbps up dependent on your telco, of course, and we’re particularly interested in the cameras, with a 13 megapixel rear camera and an 8 megapixel front-facing shooter.

Yes, that’s an eight megapixel camera for the front, bigger than the 5 megapixel shooter offered by HTC in its One M8, and the 2 megapixel cameras in all of the other major flagships.

Also of note is a blue glass infrared filter, which is an interesting addition, and could even be similar to the blue glass IR filters used professionally by photographers.

We’ll be keen to see if this makes a difference to the on-board camera for cutting down on excess light to clear up photos.

All of this sits under a 5 inch Full HD screen, running a pixel clarity of 445 pixels per inch, with its 1920×1080 resolution protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3.

Pricing for this package comes in at $549, and that’s outright at Harvey Norman from August 18, which should grab some attention.

We’ll have a review shortly, but that isn’t all Huawei has announced this week, sending word that its first wearable is also arriving in Australia shortly too.