By Stephen Schenck | January 7, 2013 4:54 PM
Last night, the discovery of some Ascend D2 promotional signage made Huawei’s announcement today feel almost like a lock, and sure enough, the company has used its time at the CES to announce the Ascend D2 and giant-sized Ascend Mate.
First up, the Ascend D2: the phone gets a five-inch 1080p display, quad-core SoC, 3000mAh battery, and a 13-megapixel camera. The handset is also dust and water resistant, demonstrated by pouring an entire pitcher over the phone.
Huawei’s grand idea for the D2 is that smartphones should be “all-in-one” devices, and a small battery or low-resolution camera shouldn’t drive us to carrying other gadgets alongside them. The company calls the D2 the “most powerful” smartphone around, and while that sounds a bit hard to believe, it does seem quite capable.
On the other hand, Huawei’s claim that the 6.1-inch Ascend mate is the largest-screened smartphone around is much easier to swallow. Reports make it out to be noticeably larger than the Note II, but still quite light and very thin. Despite that, it still manages to pack-in a 4050mAh battery. Like the Lumia 920, the Ascend Mate has a very sensitive touchscreen, letting you use it even when wearing gloves.
On the software side, Huawei’s giving the Mate a few nice tweaks, like a Samsung-style Floating Window mode, and a special UI optimized for one-hand operation.
Huawei has a “fast charging” technology for these phones, which will supposedly let the D2, even with its larger battery, charge 25% faster than a Galaxy S III. They also both get some extra-high-speed WiFi connectivity.
The D2 is first coming to China this month, and Japan after that. The Mate will start out in China in February, and similarly expand to availability in additional markets.
For now, there’s been no word on the Windows-Phone-running Ascend W1.
Source: Android Central