Huawei Ascend Mate goes on preorder for £335

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Expansys has put the Huawei Ascend Mate smartphone on preorder for a mere £335. This device was unveiled earlier this year at CES in Las Vegas, together with the Ascend Mate D2 and it is a pleasant surprise to see that it actually went on sale (hopefully, the D2 will follow shortly).

The Ascend Mate, it must be remembered, is Huawei's answer to the Samsung Galaxy Note 2. Both have 2GB of RAM, a quad-core SoC (in Huawei's case, a K3V2 model clocked at 1.5GHz), a massive display with HD resolution (6.1in for the Ascend), an 8-megapixel rear camera, a 1-megapixel front facing one, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, DLNA compatibility, a microUSB port, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and a a massive 4,050mAh battery.

It's worth noting that the device is a mere 9.9mm thick and weighs 198g. Huawei was keen to highlight back then that the screen-to-body ratio of the smartphone stood at 73 per cent which means that nearly three-quarters of the front side of this phablet is occupied by the display.

Other notable features include an Intel XMM6260 baseband which allows the Mate to support five bands. There's also 16GB onboard storage, a microSD card slot and a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass covering the display.