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CES 2014: Huawei announces Ascend Mate 2 4G phablet, smartphone sales target

Huawei on Monday launched the refreshed model of the Ascend Mate phablet at CES 2014, called the Ascend Mate 2 4G, bearing the same 6.1-inch HD IPS+ LCD display, but with an upgraded chipset, more built in storage, and bigger front and rear cameras.

Huawei sadly didn’t present availability and pricing small print of the Android four.three Jelly Bean-based totally phablet, except for to say that the Ascend Mate 2 will in contrast to its predecessor be on hand in the United States, except for forty different markets.

The Huawei Ascend Mate 2 4G incorporates a 1.6GHz quad-core Snapdragon four hundred processor (MSM8928), together with an Adreno 306 GPU and 2GB of RAM. It runs Huawei’s Emotion UI 2.zero skinned on prime of Android. It includes a 13MP autofocus HDR-able f/2.zero rear camera, and a 5MP f/2.four entrance-dealing with camera. The Ascend Mate 2 comes with 16GB of built in storage, versus 8GB from its predecessor.

Huawei has additionally upgraded the Ascend Mate’s radio, therefore the 4G moniker, with LTE-give a boost to as much as one hundred fifty Mbps obtain, and 50 Mbps add. The Ascend Mate 2 4G can also be moderately thinner (but in addition heavier) than its predecessor, at 9.5mm and 198 grams. The corporate can be touting a two day battery lifestyles, although it sports activities the identical 4050 mAh battery. Particularly, a ‘reverse’ charging characteristic has additionally been integrated, permitting the phone for use to cost different devices.

Huawei Shopper chief government Richard Yu unveiled the Ascend Mate 2 on the express, and in addition brought the phablet has an upgraded entrance-going through cameras for “selfies,” and a brand new “intuitive” interface that simplifies the Android running machine.

Yu additionally introduced that the Chinese language telecom massive targets to promote eighty million goodphones in 2014, because it boosts its model title international and makes a brand new push for US customers. Huawei is combating for the quantity three spot in international goodphone gross sales, however has simplest restricted presence in the US.

Huawei, which has confronted criticism in the US over the extent of its ties to the Chinese language executive and army, is in search of to raise its model presence amongst shoppers, shifting far from manufacturing for different labels.

“We wish to be an excellent client model on the planet,” Yu stated.

(With inputs from AFP)