Huawei’s press conference at CES is over and, just as we expected it brought two new Android devices to officialdom Ascend Mate and Ascend D2.
The Huawei Ascend Mate has a 6.1-inch 720p display, which works with gloves and has Gorilla Glass protection on top. The phablet is said to have the slimmest bezel in business, its screen covering 73% of its front panel. It is powered by the same quad-core 1.5GHz processor as the Ascend D2 and has 2GB of RAM.
The Ascend Mate has an 8MP rear camera with 1080p video recording and a 1.3MP front-facing one. There is no LTE on the Ascend Mate either, but this time there is a microSD card slot for expanding the built in storage. The battery is even bigger of course, up to 4050 mAh.
The Ascend Mate also runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with Huawei’s Emotion UI. It has no app drawer (like the Meizu MX and iPhone) and offers pop-up apps for improved multi-tasking, and a one-hand UI, which improves the handling of the dialer and keayboard in those cases when one of your hands isn’t available.
Huawei Ascend Mate will hit the shelves in February, with China being the first country to get it. The pricing is still unknown, though previous rumors suggested that it will be about $480.