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Huawei Reveals the Ascend Mate II, a US-Bound Phablet with a Massive Battery

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Apparently, Huawei isn’t quite ready to abandon the US smartphone market for China. As evidenced by the company’s presentation today, it’s ready to give it another go with the Ascend Mate II, a phablet with a 6.1-inch IPS screen.

The battery is perhaps the most attractive feature of the Ascend Mate II: a 4050 mAh lithum-ion pack-in will provide enough power to watch 6 movies or listen to 100 hours of music, according to the company’s estimates. Power savings come partially from the display, which is only 720p. Even so, that’s a lot of raw capacity compared to other devices in the same class; Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3 has a 3200 mAh battery, while Sony’s Xperia Z Ultra battery is only 3000 mAh.

A dual-core Snapdragon 400 clocked at 1.6 GHz powers the phablet, while an ample (but ungenerous) 2GB of RAM should facilitate a reasonable amount of multitasking. If that seems disappointingly midrange, maybe the camera megapixel count (13MP rear, 5MP front), the inclusion of a MicroSD card slot, and the ability to charge other smartphones and tablets (!) will make up for it. Maybe.

Concerning software, the Ascend Mate II ships with Huawei’s Emotion UI 2.0 atop Android 4.3. Included are such wonderful features as One-Hand UI for single-handed operation, Glove Mode, Driving Mode, and a suite of camera and photo apps. (This is a good video overview of the skin.)

Huawei says the Ascend Mate II is compatible with all US 4G LTE networks. No word on whether it’ll formally launch on a particular carrier, but rest assured it’ll ship to American shores relatively soon.

Via: Huawei
  • QPHALO

    If it’s cheap enough I’ll try it out and if I don’t really like it I’ll just give it to my kids. They will love it.

  • http://twitter.com/jdrch jdrch

    2GB of RAM? I take it Huawei has never seen a GNote 3, ever?

  • MistaButters

    I want to support this phone so bad because of the battery.

    But 720p on a 6.1″ display….

  • wagner

    The moto x of tablets.

    • bionicwaffle

      The snapdragon pro in the Moto X is much better than the Snapdragon 400. It’s a faster processor with a much better GPU. I think the moto X is just better thought out – except the battery is too small in it. The Droid Maxx should have been the Moto X and then they could have ditched the Moto X and the Droid Ultra which really have no reason to exist if the Droid Maxx is an option.

      • Diablo81588

        I agree, other than the droid maxx should replace the moto x. I love the form factor and screen size of the x, and on screen buttons are way better in my opinion. I think the form factor of the maxx is a little too big. The battery in the x is fine, I get two days use out of it.

    • Adrynalyne

      Except the part where it doesn’t have dedicated cores for functionality, always listening, active notifications, a MUCH better GPU,etc.

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  • T4rd

    OOoohhhhh, a MASSIVE battery, eh? I think Huawai just got a raging clue..

    http://static.giantbomb.com/uploads/original/12/129304/1968659-raging_clue.jpg

  • Droid Ronin

    The skin kinda reminds me of MIUI.

    • turdbogls

      I have never used a Huawei phone, but just by the screen shot, it does look VERY Miui-ish…..even lacks an app drawer.

  • StuckOnVerizonForever

    This gives me hope for the Find 7 now.

  • DJ SPY

    So, this will be compatible with Verizon?

    • Kyle Wiggers

      Verizon’s LTE, but probably not 3G – I’m willing to bet this will be a GSM-only phone.

  • Capt. Crunch

    Those icons are so ugly. If you can’t make a nice skin just stick to stock

    • Eric R.

      I’m pretty sure Huawei skin allows themes

  • Philip J. Fry

    At least it has on screen keys.

    • El_Big_CHRIS

      god how i wish my Blue One had on screen keys. the only thing that would make this device perfect

      • Philip J. Fry

        hmm just looked it up and it seems like a pretty decent phone and priced good too.

  • Thomas

    And how many of us will buy this……ZERO POINT ZERO.

    • AbbyZFresh

      That may be true. But this will sell like hotcakes in China and the UK.

    • zurginator

      Kinda funny considering how many people post around here that manufacturers need to cut specs and bump batteries….

      • drparty

        Honestly, I’d buy it if it would work with Verizon voice and was bootloader unlockable. I think we’ve seen it doesn’t really matter, China or the US, they’re both spying on us.

    • master94

      I’d buy it as a backup charger/ phone if it is really cheap, which it probably is.

    • Quint

      If this is made for metroPCS or Boost, some will be sold.