The Chinese manufacturer, Huawei, has taken the CES by storm by unveiling two of its new handsets for 2013: the Ascend Mate and the Ascend D2.
We recorded the rumours circulating about Huawei’s 2013 releases back in December, but how does the actual thing match up to speculation?
The Ascend Mate does indeed sport a mega 6.1 inch screen, as predicted, with a 361 ppi screen. Other than that, the handset’s specifications are somewhat disappointing and fall short of what was predicted. The model runs the latest Android operating system (Jelly Bean) and is powered by a 1.5 GHz Quad-core processor. Though this is not slow by any means, it is not the 1.8 GHz processor expected. The handset also features split-screen technology which allows the user to complete two actions at once, similarly to Samsung’s Galaxy S3 and Note models.
Although the Ascend Mate will be released in China this month, it will not appear in the International market until at least March. Whether it will prove to be a contender in the phablet market will heavily depend on its retail price, though observers have suggested that the slightly smaller Ascend D2 will be a bigger hit with the international public.
The Ascend D2 features a 5 inch screen which offers a higher screen resolution than even the Apple iPhone 5. It also is run by a quad-core 1.5 GHz processor, which is impressive compared to other similarly sized handsets, and uses the latest Jelly Bean operating system from Google. What makes the Ascend D2 stand out to consumers, though, is its whopping 13 MP rear-facing camera, which dominates the majority of smartphones currently on the market, including the somewhat larger Samsung Galaxy Note 2. Furthermore, Huawei have concentrated on improving the battery life on both handsets, and the Ascend D2 reportedly has a stand-by period of six days, which is pretty impressive if there’s truth in the claim.
After recent allegations that Huawei is involved with supposed espionage plans in the US and Europe, the Chinese manufacturer seems to have hit back with their smart new releases. Huawei, compared to Samsung and Apple, are relatively unknown in the UK, however, and how successful the Ascend Mate and Ascend D2 become depends on whether the company can break down that barrier.
Written by Charlotte Kertrestel