Huawei Ascend Mate 2 gets official with 4G LTE and huge battery that can even charge other devices
Without really surprising anyone, today at CES Huawei announced the Ascend Mate 2, the successor to last year’s effort which was the company’s first ever phablet.
And unfortunately, the leaks were right. It still comes with a 6.1-inch 720p HD touchscreen, not making the jump to 1080p Full HD in an age when some of its Chinese competitors are announcing phablets with 2,560×1,440 resolution.
The Ascend Mate 2’s main claim to fame seems to be the fact that it supports 4G LTE, and the most advanced kind currently available (with theoretical maximum download speeds of 150 Mbps). It also comes with a 13 MP rear camera, a 5 MP front camera, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, microSD card support, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and a 4,050 mAh battery. It runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean with Huawei’s Emotion UI plastered on top. It’s 9.5 mm thick and it weighs 202 grams.
The Ascend Mate 2 can even charge other devices, basically acting like a battery pack to top up some hungry gadgets you may have. Needless to say, Huawei’s new phablet is clearly going to last quite a while on a single charge.
The phablet is interestingly not powered by one chipset, but two. It’s unclear where exactly we’ll see each version, but the choice is between a HiSilicon quad-core 1.6 GHz unit, or a Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8928 – also quad-core, and also clocked at 1.6 GHz.
While no exact details about pricing and availability were given during Huawei’s press event, CEO Richard Yu said the Ascend Mate 2 is headed to the US in March. It’s unclear whether it will be sold by a carrier or just offered unlocked, but it’s not every day that one of Huawei’s main attractions makes it stateside.