The Galaxy Note II pretty much stands alone in the phablet category. Although there are devices like the LG Optimus Vu II in the market, the device has no real competition from anyone other than LG, so it pretty much rules the segment. However, fellow Asian neighbor, Huawei might have something on offer to compete with the Note II. Senior VP of Huawei, Yu Chengdong mentioned that the company is indeed working on a competitor for the Galaxy Note II and already mentioned that it would be substantially better than Samsung’s offering and cheaper too, which is why he humbly requested people to wait for the device instead of hurrying to get the Galaxy Note II. The tablet will apparently take the legacy of the Ascend series forward and is named the Ascend Mate.
The new Huawei smartphone is believed to have a 6.1-inch 1080p display, 2GB of RAM and a 1.8 GHz quad core CPU. There were no details or the exact hardware specs made available to us. So we have to go by what the VP had to say and hope this is going to be a killer smartphone. Let’s hope Huawei sticks to its promise and launches the device in time. Of late, we’ve come to realize that Huawei is more focused on the Chinese markets. This is understandable as the company wants to woo its home users first. But with the market for smartphones increasing with each passing day, it would behoove a company like Huawei to launch the device on a larger scale. And yes, the company has had some issues with the U.S Congress, which needs some resolving too.
The launch date or the price of the device is still a mystery. We however expect the device to be announced in time for the MWC in February next year, which is usually the breeding ground for new smartphone launches. So it seems like we’ll have to wait until February to know more about the device. If we remember correctly, there was a device called the Huawei Ascend D Quad, which saw limited release in global markets. The smartphone boasted of the company’s very own quad core K3V2 chipset. Perhaps what we see with this new flagship could be an evolved version of that. Either way, it should be very interesting to see how Huawei’s new phablet will go up against the already well established Galaxy Note II.