Huawei thinks big at CES, announces the Ascend D2 and Ascend Mate

Huawei Ascend MateOne cannot accuse Huawei of not thinking big, as it has revealed two new devices at CES 2013, and they have got very big screens indeed. The first is the Huawei Ascend D2, which follows the current fashion of using a 5-inch IPS display with a 1080p resolution. Powering the phone is a 1.5GHz quad-core processor, however it’s not the usual Qualcomm Snapdragon chip, but Huawei’s own K3V2. It has 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage space.

The camera is equally as impressive, as it boasts 13-megapixels and can shoot 1080p video, plus there is a 1.3-megapixel video call lens above that huge screen. The Ascend D2 runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, so it’s about as up to date as it gets, plus there’s a long list of standard features including GPS, Dolby Mobile audio, DLNA and Bluetooth 4.0. It’s even water and dust proof.

Joining the Ascend D2 is the Ascend Mate, a phone which manages to make the D2 look a bit small, as it has a 6.1-inch screen. Yes, amazingly, Huawei still calls this a phone, yet it’s closer to the size of a tablet. Despite this gigantic screen, it can’t match the D2 on resolution, as it has a 1280 x 720 pixels instead of 1920 x 1080. The processor is the same though, plus it has 2GB of RAM and Android 4.1, however the camera has only 8-megapixels.

For such a big device, the Ascend Mate is very slim, measuring a mere 6.5mm thick, but it’s a bit of a beast when it comes to weight, as it comes in a nearly 200 grams. Still, the draw of such a giant screen will be too much to resist for many. Sadly, Huawei hasn’t provided an international release for either phones, as they’re both only headed for China at the moment. We hope Huawei will change its mind soon.

About Andrew Boxall

Andy's fascination with mobile tech began in the 90s, at a time when SMS messages were considered cutting edge, but it would be at least a decade before he would put finger-to-keyboard as a freelance tech writer. In the interim he wrote about travel, formulated strong opinions about films and drove a series of audacious cars