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Huawei unveils Ascend Mate and Ascend D2


Chinese phone maker, Huawei, has unveiled two new interesting smartphone devices at the CES 2013 press conference. The devices are the Ascend Mate and Ascend D2. Taking a look at both the devices, the company seems to be in all support of the popular saying, ‘bigger is better’.

Starting with the Ascend D2, it looks like a sequel of last year’s Huawei D. The device is powered by Huawei’s own quad-core K3V2 processor, which is the sequel of the V1 processor that was featured on Huawei D. The company claims the device to be “the fastest smartphone”, but then we will have to confirm with benchmark results in order to agree with them. The device sports 2 GB of RAM, 32 GB of storage, 13 MP rear camera, and runs Android 4.1, so it’s pretty much of a high end device.

It is a well-known fact that Android isn’t great when it comes to power consumption, and manufacturers are always keen on plonking in the battery with biggest capacity into their devices, and Huawei is no different. The Chinese technology major has decided to give a 3,000 mAh battery to the Ascend D2, which they claim will last for 2 full days of moderate usage. They have put considerable efforts in power-saving technologies in order to reduce power consumption. One such technology is the Automated Discontinuous Reception (ADRX) which alone achieves 30% power savings. Good news about the battery is that it is one of those fast-charging varieties that come with some of the Sony Xperia flagships.


Coming to the Ascend Mate device, it’s a big device, or a phablet. It has a 6.1-inch, 720p display, which is the largest display to be used on a smartphone yet and puts Samsung Galaxy Note II to shame to some extent. Powered by 1.5 GHz quad-core processor, 2 gig of RAM, and 8-megapixel camera, the Huawei Ascend Mate fits into the list of top-of-the-line smartphones. The big screen of course draws a lot of energy and hence Huawei has decided to give this device a 4050mAh battery, which according to the company will be sufficient for 20 hours of Android’ing a single charge.

Talking of software, the Ascend Mate boots Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box. Like always, there is the proprietary Huawei Emotion overlay that supposedly makes Android easier to use because the company thinks that Android is too complicated to be used by regular folks. That may be the case, anyways, the overlay isn’t bad at all, and it brings unique features such as the floating windows which basically allow users to run more than one apps at a time, much like the Galaxy Note II. There’s also the one-handed control scheme feature which switches between keyboard and number pad based on which hand you’re using to hold the device.

Ascend Mate seems like a good deal to me, but the company hasn’t given any details on the pricing or availability. Probably they will be announcing that at the Mobile World Congress next month. Which of the 2 devices appeals you more? Let us know!

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