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Huawei Launches Ascend D2 and Ascend Mate 'Phablet'
Huawei, China’s leading phone manufacturer, has been extra busy of late with a flurry of new products about to hit the mobile phone market very soon.
Several of their new devices were launched at this week’s ‘Consumer Electronics Association’ (CES) Show which was held in Las Vegas this week. Both the Ascend D2 and the Ascend Mate have generated a lot of interest so here’s the lowdown on Huawei’s latest new offerings.
Huawei’s Ascend D2 certainly packs a lot into a compact phone. It features a 5 inch screen, a 1.5GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM and an impressive 32GB internal memory. Regarded as a great-value budget brand, Huawei is certainly striving to offer more for your money. Looks wise, the D2 is unlikely to win any style awards but its plastic and aluminium combo does the job and it comes complete with a robust shell and gorilla glass which offers protection from dust and splashes of water.
Predominantly, operated by touch-screen, the D2 features the Android Jelly Bean OS with the Emotion UI interface, a super-sharp full HD screen and claims from Huawei that it’s currently one of the world’s most powerful smartphones. The D2 boasts an impressive 13 megapixel rear camera, a powerful battery which can last for 2 entire days, speedy charging and hands-free which enables you to talk up to 2 metres away from the handset.
Where it lacks the kudos of the big brands, it will no doubt make up for it on price and superb value for money.
If you like your phones on the large side or want the convenience of a phone-come-mini tablet, Huawei’s Ascend Mate (nicknamed by some as a ‘Phablet’), has also launched this week at CES. Measuring 6.1 inches, it’s pretty huge for a handset but it comes complete with a powerful battery which will be up to the job of keeping this monster functioning all day with 14 hours of web surfing, 22 hours of phone use or 10 hours of video watching.
The Ascend Mate also boasts a 1.5GHz quad-core processor, a 720 pixel display, 2GB RAM and a decent 8.1 megapixel camera. WiFi usage is impressively fast (up to 150Mbps) due to its dual WiFi receivers - a 1GB document can be downloaded in less than a minute.
The Ascend Mate also runs on Android Jelly Bean and Huawei’s own Emotion UI technology. Similar to the Nokia Lumia 920, it features ‘Magic Touch’ which enables you to operate the screen whilst wearing gloves.
The Ascend Mate will be available in China from next month before it’s rolled out to other countries, keep an eye on our blog for further information and details of when it may be arriving in the UK.