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 Electronics Co Ltd and Apple.
Huawei said Friday it would release a limited edition of its high-end Ascend P7 phone with a sapphire glass display – the costly but durable material that's been the subject of industry chatter following reports this year that Apple would begin mass producing devices with sapphire.
Huawei also said at an electronics trade show in Berlin that 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".
The Mate7 comes with a 6-inch screen with FullHD (1080P) resolution and is powered by a Huawei octa-core processor (Kirin 925) which runs on a 1.8GHz. The device has 16GB internal storage supported by 2GB RAM while the 32GB variant will have 3GB RAM.

Shenzhen-based 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.