We’re here at Huawei’s 2014 CES press conference, where they’ve announced their newest smartphone, the Huawei Ascend Mate 2. The Ascend Mate 2 is the successor to the Ascend Mate launched at last year’s CES, and includes a 6.1-inch display with 1280x720p resolution. It’s Huawei’s refresh for its popular phablet form factor device, and although resolution doesn’t creep up at all, it's an LTPS based panel this time around.

What the Ascend Mate 2 does include however is Category 4 LTE for downlink speeds of up to 150 Mbps versus the HSPA+ 21.1 that the previous gen Ascend Mate offered via an Intel XMM6260 modem. 

Huawei thankfully called out what SoCs are inside the Mate 2, and there's a split depending on what market. In the global market, Huawei is using MSM8928 from Qualcomm, inside China it's using Hisilicon's own SoC, the 1.6 GHz quad core ARM Cortex A9 based silicon, probably a rev of K3V2. MSM8928 is a Snapdragon 400 tiered SoC from Qualcomm with four Cortex A7s inside, clocked at up to 1.6 GHz, and Adreno 305 graphics at up to 450 MHz.

I suspect the Chinese version of the Mate 2 is using Hisilicon's own modem (Balong) with Category 4 LTE onboard, and the global version is clearly using the Cat 4 LTE modem built into MSM8928 which supports all the usual air interfaces – CDMA/EVDO in addition to WCDMA, GSM, TD-SCDMA, FDD-LTE and TDD-LTE. 

The Mate 2 has a 4050 mAh battery (~15 watt hours assuming 3.8V nominal), and Huawei promises more than 2 days of uninterrupted use. The Mate 2 has a 5 megapixel front camera with 1.4 micron pixels and F/2.4 aperture, and the rear camera is an F/2.0 system with 13 MP Sony BSI sensor (second gen, so probably Exmor RS). 

Huawei also noted that the Mate 2 will launch in the US with banding for T-Mobile and AT&T in addition to the Chinese and other global markets. 

Just got hands on with the Mate 2 as well, it's a very large phone to say the least, but still not entirely overbearing. 

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  • BedfordTim - Monday, January 6, 2014 - link

    Another me too clone. Does anyone else crave some innovation in the phone market?
  • extide - Monday, January 6, 2014 - link

    I dunno, for me, I just want a fast CPU, 1080p, 2-3GB RAM, 16+GB Flash, etc. I don't really care about gimmicky features.

    However, I bet this phone will sell tons in China.
  • dylan522p - Monday, January 6, 2014 - link

    So you want basically every flagship phone.
  • uhuznaa - Monday, January 6, 2014 - link

    The "old" Ascend Mate was a great phablet for the price, with fabulous battery life. I doubt very much the new one will be worse. Depends on the price of course, but if you're not after the latest specs the Ascend Mate really isn't bad at all.
  • lancedd - Wednesday, January 8, 2014 - link

    I've been very happy with my Huawei Ascend Mate except that I find 6" to be too big for a phone but that is another issue really. During the time I've owned it, the HAM has been very reliable whereas my wife's HTC phone died, her Nexus 4 is giving trouble and my daughter's Nexus 7 tablet has been back for repair 3 times. The HAM has a good screen, good sound, its fast enough and Android updates come through promptly. Phablet's are great when weight is critical (like hiking) but for the rest of the time, I will replace it with a smaller phone, a camera and a tablet. If I was going to buy another phablet, I'd have no hesitation in getting this update to the Huawei Ascend Mate.
  • TekBoi - Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - link

    Everyone that owns the device, or plans to own it, if you want any of the following:
    * Updated Android
    * Port roms like Cyanogenmod or ParanoidAndroid
    * Root access

    Post HERE requesting it to have it's own dedicated forum:

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