Huawei Goes Large at CES with the Ascend D2 and Ascend Mate


Some may question whether Huawei’s latest devices are smartphones at all, but the Chinese company is certainly billing them as such, calling its new Ascend D2, “The most powerful smartphone” and its Ascend Mate, “The largest screen smartphone”. So just how big are we talking?

Announced last night at Huawei’s press conference during CES 2013, the Ascend D2 has a 5-inch display with that all-important 1080p resolution, giving it an impressive pixel density of 443ppi. Inside is its own 1.5GHz, quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM – more than enough to power the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system. Around the back of the svelte handset is a 13 megapixel camera with 1080p video recording, plus other features include a 1.3 megapixel video call lens, 32GB of internal memory and a 3000mAh battery.

The Ascend D2 was joined by the Ascend Mate, a device which truly stretches the definition of a phone, due to its enormous 6.1-inch screen. That’s right, it has a screen less than an inch smaller than the Nexus 7, a tablet. The screen has a 720p resolution this time, but it’s powered by the same quad-core chip as the D2, and has the same amount of RAM too.

On the back of the smartphone/tablet you’ll find an 8 megapixel camera, plus around the front there is a smaller 1.3 megapixel video call lens. A microSD card slot can boost the internal memory, while the battery is a huge 4050mAh cell, which should ensure the device has a decent standby time despite the massive screen.

Both the D2 and the Mate are expected to be released in February, with China likely to be the first country to receive them; but as Huawei has its sights on becoming better known in Europe and the U.S., we’d expect them to get a release elsewhere very soon.

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