It seems everyone wants a piece of the tablet/smartphone hybrid game, currently almost solely controlled by Samsung and its Galaxy Note II, as both Huawei and ZTE have talked about their entries into the market.
Huawei is set to release the Ascend D2 in 2013. It features a 5-inch touchscreen, a quad-core processor and an impressive-sounding 13-megapixel camera on the back. The screen resolution is currently unknown, but we’d expect it to be 720p rather than 1080p, while the processor could be one of its own design, rather than one made by Qualcomm or Texas Instruments.
Other features of the Ascend D2 include a 1.3 megapixel video call camera, a 3000mAh battery – which is good news, as devices this big consume plenty of energy – and finally, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. It’s destined for launch in China early next year.
There are fewer details about ZTE’s device, which will be called the Nubia Z5 and will introduce a new brand from the company, dedicated to high-end hardware. Like the Ascend D2, it will have a 5-inch touchscreen but again, there’s no information on the resolution. An equally mysterious quad-core processor will power the Z5, while a 13 megapixel camera will be found on the rear of the “Italian design” chassis.
ZTE hasn’t provided a release date, or a clue as to where the Z5 will go on sale yet.
As with other offerings from these two companies, we’re expecting them to be priced aggressively, and are waiting for a final spec sheet for the pair, along with news of a UK release.