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Video: Hands-on With the 6.1-inch Huawei Ascend Mate and Ascend D2 [CES 2013]

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One of our press stops last night included PepCom, a convention staple that always features many of the latest tech gadgetry from your favorite tech companies. It’s usually outside of whatever convention is going on, but it always pulls in great talent. While a couple of companies weren’t showing off their freshly announced phones and were saving them for the show floor, Huawei was one that had everything on hand.

So since we didn’t have time to go full hands-on with their Ascend Mate and Ascend D2, we took a minute to do just that at Pepcom. 

Ascend Mate


Ascend D2



  • Dominick_7

    Let’s you see how the Note 3 could get away with a larger 6.1 or 6.3 inch screen. If you either push the home button down and have a little bit on the top for an ear piece grill and led notifications along with webcam I think you could fit it into the same form factor that’s on the Note 2.

  • I’d like a 6.5″ BEZELESS phone with only on screen keys that slide up like you see in the first video and no telecom branding on it. That way I can sell my tablet and use one device.

    • Dominick_7

      While 6.5 would be sweet having nothing tactile is kinda maddening. Would like to be able to feel something for hand orientation without having to look at that too.

  • Diablo81588

    Why so much coverage for phones that won’t even be available on major US carriers?

  • Dat Phone

  • I make it a practice not to purchase personal electronics from companies whose names are not easily pronounced.

  • JMonkeYJ

    it’s probably just the lighting in there, but the screens seem super reflective.

    on a completely different note…arrrggghhh what watch are you wearing? no likey 🙁

  • Can’t really hear what he’s saying over that loud watch… damn!


    The damn specs need to be reversed!!!!

  • bogy25

    It’s just so big in the hands and thick too……go ahead guys…..(Reply from her)

  • Futbolrunner

    I’m liking that Michael Kors watch..bling bling!

  • mustbepbs

    Title should read:


    • Grammar Police

      That would be redundant. “Hands-on” is already plural implying more than one. 😉

      • mustbepbs


  • Austin Baker

    Its a Huawei, in a way its already failed…

  • zepfloyd

    Kellen, Huawei’s skin does NOT have an app drawer at all. It’s Miui/iPhone-esque, all the apps are on the homescreens.

    • Dr_Buttballs

      I have to wonder if it’s running some JB build of MIUI. Lockscreen, folders, icons, setting toggles, and no app drawer are almost identical to the MIUI build I ran on my D1.

    • Das Boat

      That isn’t true… i’ve used both the Ascend P1 and D Quad… both had an app drawer

      • zepfloyd

        On these phones it is. It’s in a few other videos they discus it.

  • Dr_Buttballs

    The UI looks very MIUI-ish.

  • ToddAwesome

    Kellex, your watch is very distracting!

  • DanWazz

    Anyone else think of Christopher Walken as the “The Continental” when you hear the company name?

  • ArrowCool

    There are way to many possible issues with Huawei.

    Read this from the NY Times in October.


    • Rick Lopez

      Just a little paranoid.

      • ArrowCool

        As a buyer for a wholesaler, who deals with chinese vendors and government on a daily basis, I am not paranoid, more so speaking from experience.

      • Bryan

        Actually, no. I work in the information security field and I get nervous buying a computer from HP (who is reputable) but know that it is made in China and shipped from there. The Chinese govt. and hackers over there will stop at nothing to get hooked in to our systems.

        This new cyber war is very real and I would never buy a product from this company because of this. Many of the Chinese brand routers (and other products) have intentional backdoors in them for remote access.

        Travel to China with your laptop and pray that their “customs” doesn’t need to inspect your laptop before they let you bring it in. They’ll steal your data and install rootkits and other malware on it.

        • Diablo81588

          Name a PC that isn’t manufactured in China.

          • Tom

            What’s your point?

            He “get[s] nervous buying a computer from HP (who is reputable) but know that it is made in China and shipped from there.”

            Then he says he would never buy a PC that is designed and built from a Chinese company (ie. Huawei).

          • Bryan

            I can’t and like Tom said, that wasn’t my point. It only takes one insider at any manufacturer to put a rootkit on the image that every PC gets shipped with. HP themselves (or any US PC manufacturer) wouldn’t do it, but some internal employee linked to the Chinese govt could easily do this. It makes me nervous, but it doesn’t stop me from buying them. I just check out the PC when I get it to make sure it is clean before I start using it.

            My real point was that the Chinese govt. is corrupt and is behind many of the hacking attempts on our infrastructure. With a company like Huawei or ZTE, you have direct govt. involvement at the highest levels. If you were in the info sec industry, you would understand why that is very concerning. We have already found back doors in their products before so they already have a mark against them.

    • Roshan John

      Whoa. This article is absolutely enough for me to never buy ZTE or Huawei.

    • KOBALT

      Korea, Japan, China…. they’re all the same. Ping, pang, pong.

      • Diablo81588

        Uh, no…

    • Wesley Howarth

      60 Minutes did a good piece on Huawei also.

    • Joe

      Ya, whenever we have vendors come demonstrate their equipment and distribute USB drives with marketing material, the ones from Chinese companies have malware on them more often than the ones from non-Chinese companies.