By Stephen Schenck | January 6, 2014 4:34 PM
Manufacturers at the CES this year are all about convergence: bringing a lot of things together in one package. For some that’s meant putting smartphone brains in their home appliances; others, like ZTE, have come up with some some decidedly odd hybrids, delivering a fusion between smartphone, hotspot, and pico projector. Huawei’s not immune from this drive, and its new Ascend Mate2 4G does a little double-duty action of its own, offering a “reverse charge” feature to let it power other devices.
After all, the battery in the 6.1-inch phablet is nearly twice as large as the sort you’ll find in many regular smartphones, packing 4050mAh of charge. While the Ascend Mate2 4G is more than happy to use all that power on its own, since it has more than enough to go around, why not share the wealth? That’s why Huawei has decided to let the phone function similar to a portable power pack, enabling you to transfer its charge to other electronics in need of a little juice.
We went hands-on with the Ascend Mate2 4G at the CES today, and had the chance to see this feature in action for ourselves: