Chinese manufacturer Huawei sells its devices in a large number of countries, including the U.S. The company’s smartphones are known by the popular ‘Ascend‘ moniker. However, it seems like the company wants to start afresh with its smartphones as it has reportedly decided to ditch the Ascend branding from its handsets. This should effectively make the Ascend Mate 2 the last device to sport the branding.
So what will future Huawei smartphones be known as? Well, it is believed that the company will keep things simple and just use the model number, which would mean that the Ascend Mate 2 would transform into something like the Huawei Mate 2.
This is a massive transition for the company as most markets associate the Ascend branding with Huawei’s smartphones. It is likely that Huawei will start off the naming convention with its upcoming range of smartphones which are set to be unveiled at the MWC event in March.
Top on the list of handsets is the Ascend P8 (or the Huawei P8), which is expected to be packing a 5.2 inch display and the company’s Kirin 930 octa core SoC. The device will reportedly be razor thin with a body made of metal, so it’s certainly something to look out for.
The Huawei Ascend Mate 2 is the company’s latest phablet which was launched a few months ago. It was said that the handset will eventually make its way to the U.S. but we didn’t quite know when. And today, Huawei has announced the arrival of the smartphone in the region along with a dedicated online store gethuawei.com to purchase the smartphone.
Users are only able to purchase the Ascend Mate 2 LTE at the moment, but more handsets will be hopefully added soon. Customers also have a wide range of accessories to choose from within the store.
The Ascend Mate 2 is pretty large with its 6.1 inch display, but the best part is the price tag of $299.99 that the company has set. Sure, the smartphone isn’t exactly a high end offering, but it’s still a pretty aggressive pricing for a phablet of this caliber.
The handset features a 720p resolution display, a 1.6 GHz quad core Snapdragon 400 SoC, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage with a microSD card slot, 4G LTE connectivity, a 13-megapixel camera accompanied by a 5-megapixel front facing sensor. To accommodate for the large size, the smartphone also comes with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and a 3,900 mAh battery which is capable of charging other devices with the help of an additional accessory available from the online store.
Phablets are continuing to really take off, as more and more companies start picking the idea up and adapting it to their own brand. Huawei isn’t going to sit back in the corner while HTC, Samsung, and ASUS takes the market, so they’ve gone ahead and have created a 6.1 inch behemoth phablet. Dubbed the Huawei Ascend mate, this device will be coming in at 9.9 mm of thickness, a 6.1 inch 1080p display, powered by a 1.8GHz K3 V3 quad core processor with 2GB of RAM, and a massive 4,000 mAh battery. These specs are simply amazing, and we mine as well start add calling features to our Nexus 7’s. A 6.1 inch phablet? Good grief.
So far, no actual photos of this leaked device have been revealed, there are also no additional details, at least at the moment. Still, if this all turns out to be true to what we have seen on the screenshot from this Chinese website above, this device should be coming out of the woodwork extremely soon, and even possibly before the end of the year.
Technology is getting crazy. Would you pick up something like this, or is 6.1 inches a little to big for you? Sound off in the comments!
The quad-core Android beast from China’s Huawei was on display at CTIA in New Orleans where the block was definitely hot. When we got up close and personal with the Huawei Ascend D-Quad we found that it’s just as sexy as we thought it would be.
Both Huawei and their Chinese rival ZTE have vowed to become major players in the smartphone scene globally and with phones like this they may just do that. Especially since they are dubbing the Huawei Ascend D Quad as the “World’s Fastest Smartphone”.
More after the break What’s really interesting is that they are doing quad-core phones and not with a processor by Nvidia, Samsung, Texas Instruments or Qualcomm. Huawei has manufactured their own Silicon dubbing it the K3V2 processor. According to the company it runs 49% faster than any quad-core silicon available today including the TI OMAP processor in the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and the Nvidia Tegra 3 in the Asus Transformer Prime.
The rest of the phone features include a 720p high resolution touch screen, Dolby 5.1 surround sound, 8 mega pixel rear camera, 1.3 megapixel front facing camera and 1080p HD video capture and playback.
They plan to release their whole line of “D” series devices during Q2 2012. We’ve confirmed with Huawei that the K3 processor plays nice with 4G LTE. We also can say with confidence that this will most likely be a flagship phone for one of Huawei’s traditional America carriers.
Huawei showed off some serious hardware at the International Consumer Electronics Show with the debut of the Ascend P1 and the Ascend P1 S. We were thinking that Huawei would ride those two devices through Mobile World Congress, nope. They were hard at work on their next innovation called the Huawei D1 Q and billed as their “fastest smartphone yet”
Huawei has now showed off some teaser pics of the new device. Although none of the shots they posted are of the entire front of the device, it looks sleek and thin. We won’t be able to say how fast it is until we try it out or at least see the processor specs.
This joins the many great devices we will see in less than a week at Mobile World Congress.
At this years International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas NV, we were invited to Huawei’s annual press event. We didn’t know what to expect, and we were pleasantly surprised that Huawei blew us away with the new P1 and P1 S Android devices.
We thought that Huawei would use MWC to continue to ramp up excitement for these two new devices and their Spring 2012 launches. Well it seems that not only will Huawei have the two new phones introduced at CES at their stand on the MWC show floor but they also plan on debuting some new devices at a press event being held the day before the show officially opens.