Huawei is looking to “make it possible with 4G LTE” in the US market this year. Huawei has made the shift from ODM to OEM over the past years; 95 percent of devices produced by the company now carry the company’s logo. That change was accompanied by a shift from feature phones to smartphones with the latter accounting for 80 percent of its phone sales. That makes Huawei the number three global smartphone vendor. But Huawei is targeting to ship 80 million smartphones in 2014, which could allow it to go grab the number two spot away from Apple.
With global brand awareness at an all-time high, Huawei has announced the new Ascend Mate2, the successor to last year’s hugely popular (in select Asian markets) Ascend Mate. The Huawei Ascend Mate2 focuses on a “better and better” camera experience, more processing power, better apps, improved battery life and improved quality. The screen is still quite large, but Huawei claims it;s designed for single thumb use. It features a bottom edge that’s slimmer than the Samsung Galaxy S4, Note3 and iPhone, and a footprint significantly smaller than last year’s phone. The handset features category 4 LTE connectivity with download speeds up to 150 Mbps, Bluetooth 4.0, dual band Wi-Fi, 1.6 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 8928 quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM. The 4050 mAh battery provides six hours of web surfing, or more than two days of “uninterrupted performance,” or 1.7 days of use for heavy for business users. The best part about the Huawei Ascend Mate2′s battery is that you can use it to charge other USB devices. The 6.1 LCD display features low temperature poly-silicon with 20 to 30 percent less power consumption. The phone even allows control of the touch screen while wearing gloves.
The Ascend Mate2 sports a 5 megapixel front camera with an 88 degree wide angle lens and larger pixels for improved low light performance. The phone also features a small window preview in the top right corner of the display so that your eyes are pointed towards the lens rather the center of the screen while taking selfies (Oh, yay). The main camera is a 13 megapixel Sony BSI sensor with an F.2 aperture.
The Android Jelly Bean build is augmented by Huawei’s Emotion UI used to “simplify Android.” The software sports a notifications manager, which allows you to control notifications from different apps; a smart app manager, which gives users control over what apps can run when the display is turned off; and multi-app capabilities like we’ve seen from Samsung and LG.
Pricing and launch details for the Huawei Ascend Mate2 were not released, but we were told that Huawei is working on multiple fronts to bring the LTE enabled Android smartphone to multiple service providers in the US market.