Is Huawei preparing a successor to the Ascend Mate?

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Huawei News claims that Huawei is preparing to introduce a successor to the Ascend Mate phablet. They’re so sure, they’ve even posted pictures of the new device:

The Ascend Mate 2 is said to come with the following specs:

  • 6.1-inch 1080p IPS display
  • 1.6GHz, quad-core – Cortex-A9 CPU
  • Kirin 910 Chipset
  • 2GB RAM
  • Mali-450 GPU
  • 16GB internal storage (no note to say if there will be expandable memory or not)
  • Android 4.2.2

Camera specifications are currently unknown, but something similar to the original Ascend Mate (though updated for 2013/2014) would be welcome in a budget-friendly device like this.

Should it come to market in this guise though, that last point will be especially disappointing – Huawei doesn’t have a particularly good reputation for delivering software updates for its devices.

There’s no ETA for an announcement or launch, but we will be keeping an eye out none the less.

We weren’t especially fond of the original handset earlier this year – while the device may have appealed to some internationally, the Australian version was hobbled with only 1 GB of RAM and slow storage, meaning it was a pain to carry out almost any operation on the phone.

Since its launch, the Ascend Mate has also seen a number of other phablets come to market, notably the Galaxy Mega, Xperia Z Ultra and of course, the Galaxy Note 3. We’ll be interested to see if Huawei can deliver a device that stands out from the pack.

Are you using an Ascend Mate? Are you interested in the Ascend Mate 2? Let us know in the comments!

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  • jason

    As a previous owner of a Huawei and a potential buyer (except I got a Nexus 5, which I love).
    I have to warn you that yes, the Software Updates are REALLY slow or just non existent for international handsets.

    IE: their bestseller the P1 has no official Jelly Bean update.