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.