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New snaps of the 6.1-inch Huawei Ascend Mate 2 phablet suggest a brushed metal frame

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New snaps of the 6.1-inch Huawei Ascend Mate 2 phablet suggest a brushed metal frame
Four new snaps of the still unreleased successor to the original Huawei Ascend Mate – the Mate 2 – have cropped up over on Weibo (China's Twitter equivalent), showing the phablet in high-resolution, albeit limited detail. These are not the first images of the Ascend Mate 2: the phablet went through network certification just a while back, though the low-quality nature of those begged for more.

As you can see below, these were probably snapped internally, likely somewhere in one of Huawei's production plants, which could explain the secretive nature of the shots. While we definitely found ourselves wishing for a more complete view of the giant device, we'll have to make do with what we have at hand. Namely, it would appear that Huawei is considering using something more premium for the biggest smartphone device in its portfolio – a brushed metal frame – unless, of course, we're looking at yet another imitation, which wouldn't be surprising at all.

Much alike to its predecessor, the preliminary intel up to this point indicates that the Ascend Mate 2 will take a middle of the road approach with regards to hardware specs. The giant 6.1-inch display may leave admirers of the big form-factor disappointed, as the resolution will stay at 720x1280 pixels. Moreover, a home-grown quad-core Huawei Kirin 910 chipset will give life to the phablet, along with 2GB of RAM. That's actually none too shabby, though we were far from impressed with the last Huawei chip we came across – the quad 1.5GHz K3V2E on the Huawei Ascend P6. Lastly, the rear camera on the Mate 2 has been confirmed to be a 13MP unit during a spin through China's FCC equivalent, with a 5MP snapper keeping to the front. As you can imagine, if all of these indeed pan out, we'll likely see the Ascend Mate 2 command a price tag that won't break the budget-minded customer's bank.

source: Weibo [1], [2] via G4Games

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posted on 27 Dec 2013, 06:33 4

1. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)

This is where 1080p screens are needed. 720x1280 is not okay on a 6"+ screen...

posted on 27 Dec 2013, 06:47 4

2. fireblade (Posts: 717; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)

240 PPI, it's still comfortable for eyes.

posted on 27 Dec 2013, 07:24 2

5. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)

When you've been spoiled to 300+ PPI, you can definitely notice a difference. Huawei could have easily put a 1080p screen, but I don't think their processor can handle that many pixels.

posted on 27 Dec 2013, 06:49 1

3. hmd74 (Posts: 485; Member since: 31 Jan 2013)

I think 7+ inch tabs need 1080...not phones or phablets

posted on 27 Dec 2013, 07:51

6. Ashoaib (Posts: 3229; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)

Whats the benefit of releasing new model which is not a significant improvement over the previous?

posted on 27 Dec 2013, 15:35

7. bigstrudel (Posts: 523; Member since: 20 Aug 2012)

Its perfectly acceptable given the likely price point.

posted on 27 Dec 2013, 20:15

8. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3576; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)

I agree.. After looking at 1080p on my 1520, then looking back at my 768 920, I don't even think 720 is acceptable on a 4.5" screen anymore... We have been spoiled.. I can already see where my 1520 could've taken advantage of a QHD display..

posted on 27 Dec 2013, 07:07

4. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3718; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)

I like the designs of Huawei.

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