Taking a hands-on look at Huawei’s (002502) new Ascend Mate “phablet” really does require you to use both hands, because the thing is absolutely enormous. Boasting a 6.1-inch display, the Ascend Mate first made its debut at Consumer Electronics Show earlier this year, but it still deserves special notice more than a month later because it’s a hulking beast of a phone that simply commands your attention from the moment you try to lay your hands on it. More →
Huawei (002502) on Monday took the wraps off its colossal Ascend Mate and Ascend D2 smartphones at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Ascend Mate is the larger of the two and is equipped with a 6.1-inch 720p display, a 1.5GHz in-house quad-core processor, an 8-megapixel rear camera and a massive 4,050 mAh battery. The smaller Ascend D2 features a 5-inch 1080p display with a class leading pixel density of 443 pixels-per-inch. The smartphone is equipped with the same 1.5GHz quad-core processor as its larger sibling, and includes a 3,000 mAh battery and a 13-megapixel rear camera. More →
Huawei (002502) has confirmed that it is working on a Samsung (005930) Galaxy Note II competitor. A few months ago it was reported that the company was planning to release an oversized smartphone rumored to be called the Ascend Mate. The handset was said to come with a massive 6.1-inch full HD 1080p display and feature an in-house 1.8GHz quad-core processor with 2GB of RAM. Speaking on Chinese social network Weibo on Wednesday, Huawei Senior Vice President Yu Chengdong confirmed that the company is working on such a device. The executive added that it will be more powerful than the Galaxy Note II and include a “cooler” design, slimmer bezel, better grip, more stunning display and longer battery life. He went as far as to say that consumers who are interested in buying a larger-screen smartphone should wait for Huawei’s better, yet less expensive handset. It is speculated that we could see the Ascend Mate announced at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in January.