CES 2013 – Huawei Announces Two Phablets at Yearly Tech Expo
Two large-screened Huawei smartphones were announced on Monday at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, including one with a whopping 6.1-inch display.
The Ascend Mate, which has a 6.1-inch jumbo-sized screen, and the 5-inch Ascend D2, both made their first public appearance at CES 2013, as Huawei hopes to make a successful jump into being a maker of higher-end smartphones.
The Ascend Mate, in particular, takes the “phablet” concept started by the original Samsung Galaxy Note to unchartered territory, as it’s not every day you see a smartphone with a screen that’s less than an inch smaller than your average $199 tablet computer. Still, the influence of the Galaxy Note is undeniable due to the plethora of devices that can be filed under the phablet form factor. These also include HTC’s popular 5-inch Droid DNA with 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution.
The Ascend D2 comes with what Huawei calls “Super Retina LCD Display” – that’s a 5-inch screen with 1080p resolution and 443 pixels per inch density. It ships with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, features a quad-core processor under the hood, and also features a 13-megapixel rear camera and 3,000 mAh battery that should take much quicker than expected to charge.
Unfortunately, the Ascend Mate’s pixel density and resolution won’t be quite as good as the Ascend D2. Its 6.1-inch screen has 1280 x 720 resolution which is still HD, but not quite as crisp as what you’d get from a 1080p phone. Likewise, it also features a quad-core processor and an even larger battery at 4,500 mAh.
Other specs include Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, an 8-megapixel rear camera and a 1-megapixel front camera.