9th January 2013
Huawei launched some impressive high-end devices during 2012,
and to kick off 2013 they have announced some more interesting handsets
during CES in Las Vegas.
The biggest launch - literally - is the Huawei
Ascend Mate, a quad-core Android smartphone with
a massive 6.1" display, which is almost as big
as some tablets.
The display is a 1280 x 720 pixel panel with a Gorilla
Glass coating. Although this is obviously a big thing
to use, Huawei have adapted the interface to make one-handed
operation easier, for example the virtual keyboard can
be offset to use only the left or right-hand part of
the screen rather than the whole lot. The screen can
also be used by people wearing gloves.
Inside is a 1.5GHz quad-core CPU with 2GB of RAM,
on the back is an 8 megapixel camera with a 1 megapixel
unit on the front. There's a beefy 4050 mAh battery,
and the whole thing measures a whopping 164 x 86 x 9.9mm
and weighs 198 grams.
All the usual features are here, although there appears
to be no 4G support. At the moment Huawei have only
confirmed a product release in China during February,
availability (or price) in other markets is not known.
Huawei Ascend W1
Huawei's first Windows Phone 8 device is called the
Huawei Ascend W1. It features a dual-core 1.2GHz processor
with 512MB of RAM, plus a 4" 480 x 800 pixel display,
a 5 megapixel primary camera and 0.3 megapixel video-calling
Inside is 4GB of flash memory expandable with a microSD
slot and a fairly large 1950 mAh battery, quoted as
giving an impressive 10.5 hours of talktime and 19 days
The key selling point with the Huawei Ascend W1 is
likely to be the price, presumably aiming to be better
value than the Lumia 620,
Nokia's cheapest offering. Huawei say that the Ascend
W1 should be available in Russia and China from Q1,
with other markets including Western Europe and North
America to follow.
Another high-end Android phone is the Huawei Ascend
D2, featuring a 5" full HD 1920 x 1080 pixel display
(although confusingly there will be an alternate version
of the D2 available with a 4.7" screen) and a quad-core
1.5GHz processor with 2GB of RAM.
On the back of the D2 is an impressive 13 megapixel
snapper, plus a 1.3 megapixel one on the front. There
is 32GB of flash memory internally plus a microSD slot.
The D2 runs Android 4.1 and comes with all the usual
Inside is a pretty big 3000 mAh battery, and the
Ascend D2 is also water and dust resistant, and the
whole package weighs 170 grams.
Huawei say that the Ascend D2 will be available in
China during January 2013, and will then be released
later in Japan. There's no word of a release outside
of those two countries, but we would very much like
to see this particular handset in Europe if possible.
Huawei have provided promo videos of the Ascend
D2 and Ascend