huaweiamChinese telco giant Huawei has continued the latest trend of the mega-phone, launching its own big-screen smartphone into Australia.

The Ascend Mate features a huge 6.1-inch I-PS (in-plane switching) display but like the recent Samsung Galaxy Mega, the resolution here is only 720p (1280×720-pixels).

What’s telling about the Ascend Mate though is the battery – a whopping 4050mAh Lithium-ion unit that no doubt contributes plenty to the 198-gram weight. Huawei claims it has the fastest charge rate of any smartphone in its class, which cuts charge time by up to 30%. (This will no doubt only be with the supplied charger, rather than direct-USB charging).

The new phone is a quad-core powered model but doesn’t use a CPU from any of the usual suspects. Instead, it’s powered by Huawei’s own 1.5GHz quad-core HiSilicon K3V2 processor.

The five-band 3G phone includes 1GB of RAM, 8GB of on-board flash but no word on external storage options.

As with most current phones, there are two cameras on board – a rear-facing 8MP unit plus a 1MP front-facing sensor.

According to Huawei, the phone will arrive at Harvey Norman stores on April 20 with a $429 price tag with a bonus $40 starter kit from Boost (although being unlocked, you’re free to choose your own telco).


Operating System: Android 4.1 with Emotion UI

Band: UMTS 850/900/1700/1900/2100 MHz, GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz

Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0 LE + EDR, NFC (Near-Field Communications) built-in

CPU: 1.5 GHz quad-core Hi-Silicon K3V2 + Intel XMM6260

Dimensions (HxWxD): 163.5 mm x 85.7 mm x 9.9 mm (6.5 inches x 3.4 inches x 0.4 inches)

Weight: 198g

Display: 6.1-inch HD IPS + 1280 x 720 LCD touchscreen with Corning® Gorilla® glass

Camera: 8.0-megapixel AF rear-facing camera with HDR, 1.0-megapixel HD front-facing camera

Capacity: 1GB RAM + 8GB ROM

Video player: Supports AVI, MPEG4, mp3, AAC +, Enhanced AAC

Headphones: 3.5mm headset connector

Battery Capacity: 4050 mAh (typical)

Standby time: up to 9 days on WCDMA

Sensors: Light, G-sensor, Proximity, Gyroscope, Digital compass, Temperature

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