Huawei has officially taken the wraps off the company’s successor to 2013’s 6.1-inch smartphone, the Ascend Mate2 4G. As you might have guessed from the name, the device now features 4G LTE Cat 4 connectivity – a significant update to one of the world’s first large phablets.
Confirming earlier leaks, the Ascend Mate2 4G will still feature a 720p resolution for the giant 6.1-inch screen. The mid-range nature of this phablet is further revealed in its choice of processor: the Ascend Mate2 4G will be come in two variants – the Chinese market will see the Ascend Mate2 4G fitted with the company’s own HiSilicon Cortex-A9 1.6GHz chip, while the international variant will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 1.6GHz chipset.
There’s also 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage with support for up to 32GB microSD cards, 13MP f/2.0 rear camera and a large 5MP /f2.4 front-facing module, and will run on Android 4.3 with the company’s Emotion UI 2.0.
The Ascend Mate2 4G’s party piece, of course, is in the large battery. Make that a very large one, at 4050mAh. Huawei claims that the large battery paired with the company’s power management technology will ensure up to 60 hours of normal use, or 12 hours on web surfing. Even more impressive is the introduction of Reverse Charge, which allows the Ascend Mate2 4G to charge other connected devices (yes, even other phones via microUSB), which in a way makes this the world’s first LTE-enabled power bank.
Huawei did not mention the retail price nor official availability of the Ascend Mate2 4G, but it will be available in the US starting from March.