CES 2013: Huawei aims for Samsung’s Galaxy Note 2 with the Ascend Mate

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Alongside the Ascend D2, Huawei’s Richard Yu also debuted the Ascend Mate, its bigger brother, mimicking the relationship between the Galaxy S3 and the Galaxy Note 2.

The Ascend Mate has a faster system-on-chip, reaching 1.8GHz up from 1.5GHz on the D2. It has a massive 4,050mAh battery, not far from the 4,490mAh of the Apple iPad mini tablet, allowing it to offer up to 22 hours of talk time.

But what sets it apart from the rest of the market is the sheer size of its display, which at 6.1in, surpasses that of the Galaxy Note 2 and its 5.5in diagonal. Since the resolution remains constant at 1,920x1,080 means that pixel density drops to 361ppi which is still higher than the iPhone 5.

What’s more the handset, like the Nokia Lumia 920, is glove-friendly, an improvement it calls Magic Touch , which means that you can wear a glove and still use its capacitive display Like Samsung, the Ascend Mate has included some interesting features that work well with its large display.

These include support for “Floating Window” multi-tasking and a UI option that allows the user to reduce the size of the keyboard and dialpad significantly allowing the smartphone to be used with one hand only despite its size.

The Ascend Mate will go on sale in China in February and globally weeks afterwards. Yu didn’t say how much it will cost or how much RAM the phone comes with.