At their CES press event today, Huawei unveiled the succesor to the Ascend Mate, the so-called Ascend Mate 2 4G. Like the previous generation, there’s a 6.1-inch 720p IPS display, though this time around the handset has added support for LTE.
The Huawei Ascend Mate 2 will come in two variants: one that rocks a 1.6GHz quad-core Qualcom MSM8928, and another that utilizes a 1.6GHz quad-core Huawei HiSilicon Cortex-A9. Other than that, both devices have the same specs which include 2GB RAM, 16GB storage, microSD, a 5MP front cam, 13MP rear cam, and a plastic casing that weighs 202 grams and is 9.5mm thick. There’s also Android 4.3 and Huawei’s Emotion UI 2.0.
Probably the coolest thing about the Mate 2 is that it has a large 4050 mAh battery, which Huawei claims is power efficient enough to handle about 60 hours of normal use, or around 12 hours of web surfing. Considering the Mate 2 4G forgoes the 1080p display found in many similarly sized flagship devices, the claimed battery life doesn’t seem too unbelievable really.
Pricing and availability
Huawei has yet to reveal exactly when we’ll see the Ascend Mate 2 4G, or how much it will set us back. That said, they have confirmed that the massive handset will be making its way to North America, and is already confirmed to be “compatible” with AT&T. More than likely the handset will be sold unlocked and not through a direct carrier partnership, however.
We’ll be sure to update the post later with additional information as it arrives. In the meantime, be sure to check out our other great CES coverage.
LAS VEGAS, Jan. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, today launched the HUAWEI Ascend Mate2 4G at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show (CES). The 4G LTE-enabled smartphone is Huawei’s new super performer that gives people around the world more power and a bigger screen to seize opportunities at every moment. With its 6.1-inch IPS screen, long-lasting 4050 mAh battery, and 5-megapixel front-facing camera, HUAWEI Ascend Mate2 4G is perfect for enjoying more non-stop entertainment and has enough power to watch six downloaded movies or listen to up to 100 hours of music on a single charge.
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“With HUAWEI Ascend Mate2 4G, we are bringing the benefits and convenience of superfast connectivity to people everywhere,” said Colin Giles, Executive Vice President, Huawei Consumer Business Group. “HUAWEI Ascend Mate2 4G is power-packed for the mobile generation who want non-stop entertainment on the go, such as the ability to snap and download photo albums in seconds or use their smartphone as their mobile office.”
HUAWEI Ascend Mate2 4G features a powerful quad-core 1.6 GHz processor and a long-lasting 4050 mAh battery to enjoy a half-day of web surfing on a single charge. The smartphone features unique power saving technology that improves performance by more than 30% compared to other smartphones in its class. HUAWEI Ascend Mate2 4G is 9.5mm slim and its stylish shape and ergonomic casing lets the phone fit comfortably in the palm of the hand.
HUAWEI Ascend Mate2 4G comes with Huawei’s proprietary Emotion UI 2.0. The intuitive user interface features Huawei’s One-Hand UI to enable single-handed operation, made easier with HUAWEI Ascend Mate2 4G’s 79% screen-to-body ratio. Its Floating Window function gives multi-taskers access to notes, messages, calendar and calculator at any time, and Huawei’s Simple UI aids easy customization, perfect for those who like to keep their homescreen simple. Ensuring convenient use at all times, the smartphone’s Gloves Mode functionality supports use when wearing gloves and Driving Mode enables voice activation when on the road.
At 6.1-inches, HUAWEI Ascend Mate2 4G’s large screen is ideal for viewing documents, watching movies or browsing pictures. Spontaneously snap and view photos with HUAWEI Ascend Mate2 4G’s 13-megapixel BSI rear-facing camera featuring 2.0 aperture, enabling crystal clear and professional-quality photos, whatever the occasion. Turn the smartphone around and HUAWEI Ascend Mate2 4G’s 5-megapixel front-facing camera, with vertical panorama and Auto Face Enhancement, broadens pictorial horizons to create a fun-filled ‘selfie’ experience.
To keep up with today’s around-the-clock lifestyle, HUAWEI Ascend Mate2 4G offers ubiquitous connection. Whether at your desk, on the road, or at home, HUAWEI Ascend Mate2 4G’s lightning fast LTE Cat4 connectivity enables movie downloads in minutes or work file uploads in a flash, with speeds of up to 150 Mbps. Across its range of accompanying connectivity options including WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0, HUAWEI Ascend Mate2 4G offers all-round support.
To add more color and fun to HUAWEI Ascend Mate2 4G, additional accessories including a Bluetooth earphone, stylish flip cover and colorful external battery packs, are available for purchase.
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About Huawei Consumer Business Group
As at the end of 2012, Huawei’s products and services are deployed in over 140 countries, serving more than one third of the world’s population. Huawei has also established more than 16 R&D centers around the world in countries such as the United States, Germany, Sweden, Russia, India, and China. One of Huawei’s three business groups, Huawei Consumer Business Group (BG) provides a range of products including mobile broadband (MBB) devices, home devices, handsets, and cloud services. A young, progressive company, Huawei Consumer BG was ranked third in global smartphone shipments in Q3 2013. Huawei Consumer BG is committed to making the impossible possible, to better enriching people’s lives through communication, and to bringing the benefits and joy of technology to more people around the world.
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