Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Huawei was rumored to launch 6.1" Ascend Mate, 5" Ascend D2 and W1, there first attempt at Windows Phone 8. They already got excited and couldn't wait for CES to come around and showcased there 6.1" wonder in an event. Then again high resolution photos of Huawei Ascend Mate leaked along with a marketing image. But CES is here and Huawei has made all the three phones official. Lets have a look at each one of them.

Huawei Ascend Mate

Just as expected and showcased, Huawei's mammoth is a 6.1" 720p smartphone which also works with gloves. Huawei has put in a home made variety of 1.5GHz quad-core processor along with 2GB of RAM and not-yet-announced GPU. It has a 8MP 1080p camera at back and a 1.3 MP one in the front. Micro SD card clot is present but LTE's absence will surely annoy at-least some Huawei fans. But Huawei did a good thing by putting in a 4050 mAh battery to power the giant.

It runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box with Emotion UI on top of it which isn't any way similar to Meizu MX's UI. This time Huawei has designed the UI to be friendly towards single-handed usage.

It is expected to hit retail in February with China being its first launch stage. Although Huawei hasn't made any official statement about its pricing but previous rumors suggest an approximate $480 price point. The phone is supposed to be a direct competitor to Samsung Galaxy Note 2, according to Huawei itself, so its yet to be seen how it holds up to this standard.

Huawei Ascend D2

The Huawei Ascend D2 is a 5 inch 1080p device with a very thin bezel. Similar to its big brother, Huawei Ascend Mate, it is also powered by a home baked 1.5GHz quad-core processor, 2GB RAM and a yet-to-be-announced GPU. It has a 13MP snapper at its back and a 1.3 MP camera in its front. It comes with 32 gigs of internal storage and has everything covered in the area of connectivity except for LTE and micro SD card slot. It houses a 3000 mAh battery to power this specifications. It is also dust and water proof.

Ascend D2 runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box with Emotion UI. The device will hit the shelves in a month but as usual, pricing hasn't been announced yet. But to make things interesting enough Huawei has promised a 4.7" version of D2 in near future but they haven't provided us with any details. This device is supposed to directly compete with HTC Butterfly and the recently announced Sony Z brothers. Lets hope it makes the competition a rather tasty one.

Huawei W1

Although it wasn't properly announced on the stage, but it was there. The Huawei W1 is Huawei's first attempt at a Windows Phone based device. It is a mid-range device powered by a 1.2 GHz dual core Krait processor, Adreno 305 GPU and a 512 MB RAM. It is a 4" WVGA TFT screen device with a 5MP camera at the back, 0.3MP camera in the front, 4 GB of internal memory which can easily be expandable using the given micro SD card slot. The connectivity department has all the bases covered sans LTE.

Huawei did made a point of providing huge batteries for there Android flagships but they have provided only a 1950 mAh in W1. But for a 4" WVGA panel this may be not that bad.

Again, Huawei hasn't given the pricing of W1 also like Ascend Mate and Ascend D2 but as with the other two, China should be the first country to get it. It will be quite interesting to see what efforts Huawei has put into its first Windows Phone device.


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