Huawei debuts 5-inch Ascend D2 and 6.1-inch Ascend Mate to take on Samsung

Daniel Bader

January 7, 2013 5:36pm

Huawei has attempted to edge its way into the high-end segment of the Android market with two new oversized devices, the 5-inch Ascend D2 and 6.1-inch Ascend Mate.

Both devices were heavily leaked in the weeks running up to the CES announcement today, but the company is confident that users will still be pleasantly surprised when they pick one up.

The Ascend D2 is a natural expansion of the company’s first quad-core device. It has some incredible specs, including a homemade quad-core K3V2 chip, 2GB of RAM, 32GB internal storage, a 13MP BSI camera, and a 3000mAh battery, promising two days of moderate to heavy usage.

Its screen boasts an amazing pixel density of 443ppi, and promises incredible brightness and viewing angles with its IPS makeup. The battery has been optimized for fast charging, some 25 percent quicker than the Galaxy S III using the same microUSB cable.

At 170g and 9.9mm thin, it isn’t the most svelte product launching at the conference, but it certainly could rival Sony’s upcoming Xperia Z for the most desirable. The device will launch in China this month, but may come to North America in Q2.

The next device on the docket is the massive 6.1-inch Ascend Mate. Curiously, the larger device has a lower-resolution screen — 1280×720 pixels — and the same quad-core processor, the K3V2 that is found in the Ascend D2. No word on RAM or internal storage, but it looks to be around 1-1.5GB and 16GB respectively.

Its 8MP back camera is a bit of a letdown, too, but it will boast a 4050mAh battery for multi-day usage. But it has a number of Galaxy Note-challenging features, among them Magic Touch, the ability to use the screen with gloves on. Then there’s a one-handed mode, pop-up apps, an enhanced reading mode and more.

The Ascend Mate does not have any North American prospects at this point, but we’ll let you know as soon as it does.

Stay tuned for a hands-on with both these devices.

Via: Huawei (2)

  • Christmas Daniels

    Bow down to your communist overlords, or vote Harper again and you will have to own the latest communist secret agent (this phone).

    • Santa Timmins

      RIM IS DEAD!!!!!!! DANCE!! DANCE I SAY!!!

    • 2see

      RIP Android 🙂

    • 0defaced

      You two, are complete f**king i****s.

  • Sean

    720p screen +4050mah battery = this phone will last forever on a charge*

    *forever being maybe two days

  • Henaway

    Pass on the weak specs of the Mate, but the D2 certainly is intriguing. Apparently Huawei has been listening to the calls for BIGGER BATTERIES! Curious what kind of price point they’ll hit North America with. As a relative newcomer, trying to upset the incumbents, I’m hoping lower than average.

  • LOL

    “Revolutionary” lol copy cats
    I’m waiting for the Sony Xperia Z !!


  • screamer

    I think they can rule the market. If they get there software working and updates fast. I really think they can have a big market in the future because of a good price point. That beast should be around 400 $ and then we talk about big winner 2013!

  • GlassBackBadIdea

    “Sophisticated Metal Frame” Glad those Chinese have brains and decided not to use Glass like the morons from Google and LG.

  • Miknitro

    Comment system is a pos!

  • DrBadass

    Lets get ready to rumble!

  • Nukes butt pal

    Huawei total garbage UNLESS it is on WIND!!!!

  • Alex

    I’ve seen several sites refer to the Ascend Mate as having a 1080p screen. On the other hand I suspect based on this article that it may indeed be 720p as I think Engadget had the same info.

  • Paul Q

    I would buy this but that really depends on the price.

  • some guy

    If you get one of these phones and when you have all your emails, personal, and banking info stolen, please don’t be surprised.

    • ile2010

      Fear monger much?

  • OMG BASEDGOD #taskforce #tybg

    Would like to see this phone do well. The big battery is a great feature. I fear it won’t though due to the perceived quality/value of it being a Huawei. Prove us wrong Huawei.