At CES 2013, Huawei launched the Ascend Mate and the Ascend D2. Both are large phones, but the Ascend Mate is more tablet than phablet, measuring in at 6.1 inches.

Huawei Ascend Mate and Huawei Ascend D2 Officially Launched at CES

The Huawei Ascend Mate’s massive display is HD and is powered by a 1.5 GHz quad-core processor along side an 8-megapixel camera, a front-facing camera, and a microSD card slot.


The Ascend D2 is smaller at a 5-inches and also sports a quad core and a display like the Asecnd Mate. It comes with a 3,000mAh battery but the camera is a more robust 13MP camera.

Both handsets come with a series of waterproofing for spills but they’re not waterproof.  It’s just for brief accidental water exposure, but the jacks can sustain prolonged submersion. It’s a nice feature that is very practical.

The presenter even dropped the phone from chest level on stage to enforce the idea that they’ve added technology that makes this handset a part of real peoples daily lives.

Huawei is making an effort to push the software boundaries of their upcoming handsets with Smart Reading technology which allows you to look up words, floating screen technology that gives you dual screen capabilities, a one hand UI and a display that even works with gloves.

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