Huawei Vice President Yu Chengdong has confirmed that the company has plans to launch a smartphone that will compete directly against the Galaxy Note II. This handset is expected to be called the Huawei Ascend Mate and the highlighted feature will be its massive 6.1-inch Full HD 1080p display, a report by BGR states.
As per the report, the Huawei executive claimed that the upcoming handset will be more powerful than the Galaxy Note II as it will feature a cooler design, slimmer bezel, better grip, a more stunning display and will also have a longer battery life. Chengdong went on to further state that those interested in buying a larger-sized smartphone should wait for the offering from Huawei as it is supposedly better and also less expensive.
The Huawei Ascend D2 to get a bigger brother soon
As of now, details have been scarce regarding this upcoming model from Huawei and the only specifications that are available are the rumours mentioning that it will come equipped with a 6.1-inch Full HD 1080p display, an in-house 1.8GHz quad-core processor and will feature 2GB of RAM.
From the looks of it, handsets are appearing to get a lot bigger and the line between smaller 7-inch tablets and large smartphones are getting increasingly slim.
This is not the first large handset from Huawei. In October, Huawei announced the Ascend D2 a quad-core handset with a large 5-inch display. The handset competes with the likes of Samsung Galaxy Note, Note II and the LG Optimus Vu, which are all currently available in the market.
The Huawei Ascend D2 features a 5-inch display with an HD resolution, and a 1.5GHz quad-core processor. The Huawei Ascend sports a 13MP rear camera while the 1.3MP camera found in the front can be used for video calling. The handset features a 3,000mAh battery that should keep the handset charged for a significant amount of time. It is loaded with Android v4.1 Jelly Bean.
In late November, this handset made an appearance on the GLBenchmark and through this benchmarking tool we saw that the handset runs on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean out of the box. Through the System tab on the benchmark we saw that the handset will feature a 1.5GHz quad-core processor and a 5-inch screen with a resolution 1800 x1080 with navigation buttons. The actual resolution of the device is 1920 x 1080 pixels.
As of now, there is no certainty of what processor will be used on this device but based on the fact that Huawei have used the K3V chip on the Ascend D Quad, it is likely they will use something similar on this high end handset. The GLBenchmark also reveals that the GPU is manufactured by Hisilicon Technologies.
As of now, there is no word on the global availability of this handset but it is expected to be launched in China in early 2013.
As far as the announcement of the Huawei Mate is concerned, rumours suggest that it should be at the Consumer Electronics Show 2013 in early 2013.