Huawei Ascend Mate 2 gets certified in China. Glory 4 (Honor 4) will be announced on December 16
Huawei has quite a few new smartphones in the works for the following weeks and months. We’ve already told you once about the upcoming Ascend Mate 2, when it had its specs leaked alongside live images depicting it in action.
Now though, the Ascend Mate 2 got certified for sale in China by TENAA (think of it as the Chinese equivalent of the FCC). Thankfully, with every such certification come pictures showing the devices from all angles, as well as specs. Interestingly though, in this case there’s a conflict between these specs and the ones leaked in November.
According to TENAA, the Huawei Ascend Mate 2 will come in two versions, one for China Telecom (MT2-C00), and the other meant for China Unicom (MT2-U071). No word yet on a variant tailor made for the biggest carrier in the world, China Mobile. And obviously we can’t yet speak about the international version of the Ascend Mate 2, since the Chinese authorities have no interest in certifying that because it won’t be sold over there.
The Ascend Mate 2 should come with a 6.1-inch 720p touchscreen, a quad-core 1.6 GHz processor, 2 GB of RAM, microSD card support, a 13 MP rear camera, a 5 MP front camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, FM radio, and GPS. It shall run Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean (almost certainly with Huawei’s Emotion UI 2.0 on top). These are all the important specs that can be gathered from the TENAA database, and they sure are disappointing.
While the processor could very well be the HiSilicon Kirin910 (with Mali-450 graphics) that we know will be inside the Ascend P6S, the screen resolution still isn’t 1080p – which is what all high-end phablets now use (and some are even going to 2,560×1,440). 720p is what the original Ascend Mate had, and for this day and age it’s not really acceptable, unless the Ascend Mate 2 will be very cheap.
The previous spec leak did talk about a 1080p screen, so we’re not sure what happened here. Obviously that info could have been wrong, though.
Also in Huawei news, the oft-leaked Glory 4 (or Honor 4 in some places) should be officially unveiled on December 16 – in just ten short days. This information comes from the image you see below, which is an invite for an “Honor”-related event on that date. This device is supposed to be Huawei’s answer to the Xiaomi Hongmi (Red Rice) that has been selling like crazy in China thanks to its extremely low price coupled with great specs.
The Huawei Glory 4 will use MediaTek’s new MT6592 “true octa-core” processor, and it’s rumored to be complemented by a 5.5-inch 720p HD touchscreen, 2 GB of RAM, 32 GB of storage space, a 13 MP rear camera, a 5 MP front camera, and Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean out of the box (once again with Huawei’s Emotion UI 2.0).
In this case the screen resolution is forgivable, exactly because the Glory 4 is supposedly going to compete with the Xiaomi Red Rice on price – according to Huawei CEO Richard Yu himself.