China’s Huawei to Debut Ascend Mate, Ascend D2 in 2013 CES

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By Erik Pineda | December 31, 2012 2:37 PM EST

Not to be outdone, Huawei has let loose its own smartphone flavour by image leaks that tech blog sites quickly picked up. It is a supersized 6.1-inch smartphone that numerous blog reports said will be known as Ascend Mate.

This is the second smartphone that Huawei is set to uncloak at the 2013 CES gadget showcase next week. The Mate, CNET said, will likely join the Ascend D2 that was earlier revealed in separate blog reports.

Citing the specs provided by MyDrivers, CNET shared what could prove as behemoth of a smartphone not only in size but also in features and functions.

Noting that Huawei has yet to affirm the specs, blog reports indicated that Huawei intends to deliver as much muscle as possible to this monster brick, which will be powered by a quad-core 1.8GHz processor that will be paired with a 2GB of RAM.

This Galaxy Note contender will draw energy juice from a 4000mAh battery, giving more operating time for its 1080p HD screen.

While hulking in screen size, the Ascend Mate is only 9.9mm thin, according to Tom's Hardware, adding that consumers will get a hold of the extra-sized gadget for only $US480.

Video of the Mate is viewable to this link: http://youtu.be/6sdOttZJo-o, while images that were republished by Android Central can be seen here: http://www.androidcentral.com/huawei-ascend-mate-leaked-again-ahead-expected-ces-unveiling.

The Ascend D2 is desribed by Engadget in a report as an extra-large and upscale Android-based smartphone. Both the D2 and the Mate will be pushed by Huawei to actively compete with leading gadgets made by Apple and Samsung.

It remains unclear, however, if the two smartphone will be rolled out by Huawei bearing the latest Android version, JellyBean 4.2, which experts said is more likely if the products will debut by Q1 2013.

Android lovers can only hope that these Huawei handsets, already impressive by specs and images alone according to CNET, will easily take in the Key Lime Pie or Android 5.0 upgrade, which is expected to start rolling out by May next year.

KLP, according to TechRadar, should be ready to hit the road in time for the Google IO developers' conference, the same venue used by the tech giant in unveiling the JellyBean mid-part of this year.

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