Huawei Showcases Smartphone That Doubles As Battery Pack [CES 2014]

Ascend Mate 2


Huawei took center stage at CES in Las Vegas today to present its flagship smartphone of 2014, the Ascend Mate 2 4G. It’s the OEM’s first handset to be optimized for LTE networks all over the world, including AT&T and T-Mobile in the United States.

The Mate 2 is a pretty impressive phablet, packing a gigantic 6.1-inch IPS+ LCD capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels (coated with Corning Gorilla Glass for added protection), a Qualcomm MSM8928 Snapdragon 400 chipset powered by four 1.6GHz Cortex-A7 CPU’s, an Adreno 306 GPU, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage (expandable up to 64GB via microSD), a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera with HDR and a 5-megapixel front-facing shooter.

During the conference, Huawei referred to the design behind the handset as mainly focused on battery life and usage. The company claims that the 4G-enabled device is capable of lasting two full days of continuous use on its built-in 4,050 mAh lithium-polymer battery and can even be used as a charger for other devices, via a microUSB cable.

In terms of software, the Mate 2 will ship running Android 4.3 Jelly Bean skinned with the latest version of Huawei’s Emotion user interface, which now has a much simpler design and some new one-handed features for larger devices.

Unfortunately, Huawei has not announced the Ascend Mate 2’s price or where the phone will be available to purchase. We hope to hear more in the not-too-distant future.