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Huawei Announces the 6.1-inch Ascend Mate and the 5-inch 1080p Ascend D2


Earlier this afternoon, Huawei took the stage for their CES 2013 press event and left after announcing the biggest phone-tablet hybrid device to date, the Ascend Mate, along with the Ascend D2, a device they are calling the “most powerful.” Both devices mark somewhat of a new start for Huawei, or rather, a move towards the main stream. We aren’t sure how consumers will accept this Chinese company, but with the work they have done with these two phones, people should at least give them a look.Β 

Ascend Mate

This phone, is freakin’ huge. I hand a chance to fondle it before the press event started and came away somewhat impressed. While I still can’t do a phone this big, the build quality felt nice, Β it was incredibly light for having such a massive battery, and the screen was big, beautiful and responsive.

On a spec front, you are looking at Huawei’s own 1.5GHz quad-core processor (at least I think it’s theirs), 8MP camera, 6.1″ HD display (720p), 4050mAh battery, Android 4.1, and a body that measures 6.5mm at its slimmest point.

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Huawei claims to have done a bunch of work on efficiency so that your battery will last forever. Without having tested the phones for an extended period of time, it’s tough to tell what to expect.

They also showed off their screen tech, which allows you to touch the display with a glove or other object and still interact with it.

Ascend D2

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While I included the Ascend Mate and its big bad self first, the Ascend D2 is what Huawei considers their flagship. It sports a 5″ 1080p display (443ppi), Huawei’s own 1.5GHz quad-core processor, 13MP camera, 3000mAh battery, and is said to be the “most powerful,” whatever that means.

The D2 looks slick, but I did not have a chance to play with it as I had to leave the event to go kick it with Samsung.

We’ll have time later to jump on both devices, however, both appear to be headed to China and may never reach our shores. Well, unless Cricket allows them in (bad joke!).

  • I have a Note 2… and never really considered 5.5″ display to be too big (even before actually seeing it)…. but IMHO the size of the Note 2 is about as big as a smartphone should get. I mean, I look absolutely ridiculous talking on it (thankfully making phone calls is the last thing I do with it)….. anyone remember Gordon Gecko talking on his portable phone in Wall Street?? Yea… that kind of ridiculous.

  • BC

    Huawei are sketch devices the Chinese use to spy on Americans. Look it up…

  • s

    Next up: laptop-sized phone. We’ll call phaptop!

    • Destroythanet

      I already have a faptop. It’s an extra laptop that I store all my pr0n on.

  • s

    Android phones need more bigger!

  • adam king

    Even though the phone measures 6.1, the on-screen keys take up space along with the bezel. This phone seriously looks like the same size as the Note 2 in terms of screen real estate. Try again Huawei, this is a major fail. Edge to edge devices will outpace this phone before it even hits the market.

  • yarrellray

    Another large screen smartphone. There should be a rule over 5inches that devices should bring some kind of special functionality. This is nothing more than a boot leg wanna be Galaxy Note 2 that will never make it to the US. Even if it does it offer nothing the Galaxy Note 2 has a better screen, better ppi, better camera front and back, the best software and features available on any productivity device. Samsung has been the leader in this space the creator of this category. I’d rather stick with the the BIG DOG instead of the rookies faking the funk. Galaxy Note 2 pimp slaps this silly.

    • yarrellray

      http://www.concept-phones.com/samsung/samsung-galaxy-note-3-interesting-4-multitasking-system/…..Thanks for upping the ante Huawei you can count on the Galaxy Note 3 blowing this farce of the Ascend Mate off the board…The Galaxy Note 3 will have a 6.3 inch flexible / unbreakable 1080p screen, 2.0ghz Exynos 5 5450 dual quad processor (8) cores cortex A – 15, Mali T658 Gpu, 3gb of ram, 16 meg camera, 3.0 front facing camera, 4200mAh battery, 128gb of storage nothing tops this…..

    • mustbepbs

      BIG DOG? You mean..


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  • Elliot Kotis

    WTF! 6.1, that is huge (I got the specs and cut it out on paper), that is a bit to far, 5 or 5.5 is fine, but knowing the world, this will sell. And 720p, terrible for a Phablet of that size.

  • shdowman

    From that pic of you holding it, why is Samsung not suing them into oblivion right now?? I can appreciate slight references to apple’s design from samsung. But this (and LG) are blatantly ripping off touch wiz. (And I hate touch wiz). Samsung wants to pay up for their lawsuit? I know where they should go knocking to get their money πŸ˜‰

  • Diablo81588

    Chinese garbage.

  • feztheforeigner

    On screen buttons!

    Motorola, Huawei and Acer! Who else want to join the party?

  • SexciiP

    Seriously? Am I like the only one here that’s not impressed with this?

    • BSweetness


      Um, out of all 20+ comments at the moment, only one seems impressed with it.

      • SexciiP


  • XvierX

    I just want that battery… O.O

  • Frosty

    I used to work for Cricket and wow these Huawei products are horrible. They look good and run well for the first week but then connectivity and software problems start to plague them. I expect this to follow suit.

  • Zay Carter

    Never had any experience with this company but that 6″ phone is just pushing it the 5 inch one looks nice but they should not have put that skin on it the icons look inspired by you know who. But I hope more companies adapts the swipe away on screen keys for full screen gaming with software buttons.

  • tylercunning

    My next phone ” Ascend Mate”, really the only reason why I’ve being keeping updates on the ces, I’m gonna miss my og note

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  • JoeInMO

    Huawei usually makes very cheap, low end products and I expect these new devices will follow in that pattern. They’ll look good but only last a short time… and good luck trying to get Huawei to honor any warranty.

  • lemonhead127

    You can never buy a phone without being behind in a few months… πŸ™

    • My Note II is already behind? I’d disagree…

      • lemonhead127

        Does your Note II have an 8 core processor? 1080p Display? No, I didn’t think so
        Not saying its a bad phone, just saying how fast technology is evolving.

        • 1080p display was basically the only thing… but today when I read about the 8 core Exynos processor… it made my phone feel ancient… πŸ™

          And that it “lags while playing HD content”

  • Dave

    I wish my phone was “most powerful” like this one.

  • So the 6.1″ phone has a 720p display, but the 5″ phone has a 1080p display? I’m not complaining but….?

    • I’ll complain for you .. IT DOESNT MAKE SENSE !! lol

    • I think because the 5 inch suppose to be their flag ship phone

  • BSweetness

    That bottom bezel is ridiculous. Get rid of it and shrink the bezel along the sides a bit more, and a phone with a 6″ screen could be manageable