LAS VEGAS: CHINESE HARDWARE MAKER Huawei unveiled the Ascend Mate 2 at CES on Monday, the sequel to its debut Android phablet device.
Much like last year's Ascend Mate, Huawei's second generation model features a 6.1in display, which sees the firm targeting the Sony Xperia Z1 and Samsung's Galaxy Note 3 handsets. This has eHD resolution, which while not on par with full HD is "just as good", according to the firm.
Huawei was quick to take a dig at its competitors, boasting that the Ascend Mate 2 has the "best screen to body ratio" of any smartphone on the market. The firm also boasted that at 10.5mm, it also has the slimmest bottom edge compared to the iPhone 5S and Samsung Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3 smartphones.
Because of its compact size, with the phone measuring 9.1mm thick, and slightly curved shape, Huawei also boasted that the Ascend Mate 2 can be used easily with one hand.
It's not all about size. The Huawei Ascend Mate 2, according to the firm, also offers the "best LTE performance" of any smartphone, arriving with compatibility for every network worldwide and support for speeds of up to 150Mbps.
Under the bonnet there's a quad-core 1.6GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8928 processor, and the phone runs Google's Android mobile operating system, which comes coated in Huawei's custom user interface.
Huawei was quick to boast that this means that heavy smartphone users will get "at least six hours of battery life" from the device thanks to its 4,050mAh battery. However, those who aren't power users should be able to make it through 48 hours, and Huawei bosted that the phone can also be used as a portable battery charger, for those who carry multiple smartphones.
Huawei CEO Richard Yu said, "This is a phone targeted at heavy and business users. It's the perfect device for power users. It's a huge improvement compared to the original Huawei Ascend Mate handset.
"It beats its competitors when it comes to battery life, so you can charge your Galaxy Note 3 using the Huawei Ascend Mate 2."
Other specifications include a 5MP wide-angle front-facing camera with dedicated selfie mode, a 13MP rear-facing camera, Bluetooth 4.0 and WiFi connectivity.
Check back soon for our first impressions of the Huawei Ascend Mate 2. µ
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