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Huawei Ascend HW-01E pops up; 1.5GHz SoC, 13-megapixel, HD ready screen

Huawei will unveil a new Ascend smartphone on the NTT Docomo network in October or November according to the Japanese company.

The phone will support the Xi LTE Service, the Osaifu-Keitai mobile wallet, One-Seg terrestrial digital broadcasting and the V-high multimedia broadcasing services as well.

Apart from the fact that it will feature a five second cold-booting startup, the HW-01E spec list also includes a 13.1-megapixel camera, a 4.5in display with a 1,280 x 720 resolution, a front facing 1.3-megapixel camera, a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8960 system-on-chip clocked at 1.5GHz, 1GB of RAM and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

As with other recently launched NTT Docomo devices, this Huawei device has a maximum downlink speed of 75Mbps.

It is likely that the phone (or a variant of it) will be launched in Europe fairly soon as Everything Everywhere prepares to unveil its first 4G network on 11 September and users face a dire lack of 4G-compatible handsets.

Huawei's flagship handset, the Ascend D1, has yet to launch in the UK despite being announced at Mobile World Congress more than six months ago. This quad-core monster has roughly the same specification as the NTT Docomo handset except for the Huawei-sourced SoC.

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