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Huawei announces Ascend Mate 2, charges other handsets

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It’s been a while now since we had a play with Huawei’s Ascend Mate. Now the Chinese manufacturer has announced the Ascend Mate 2 4G which isn’t that dissimilar to its predecessor.

Specifications for the phablet are as follows, there’s a 6.1-inch 720p IPS display, a huge 5050mAh battery, a 1.6GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and 2GB of RAM. Onboard storage is 16GB with microSD support for 32GB cards, you get a 5MP snapper on the front and a 13MP primary to take on the back.

Onboard there’s also Huawei’s Emotion UE 2.0 running on top of Android 4.3. The specialist UI introduces floating widgets, although we’re yet to determine how beneficial this could be.

Another strange new feature is the ability to charge other handsets through the Ascend Mate 2. This “reverse charging” feature is a novel idea but it’s hard to think of any mainstream use for the feature. It will prove incredibly useful for those who carry two handsets and find they’ve forgotten to charge one up – but is this a lot of people?

We suppose it could live up to its namesake and be useful if your mate runs out of battery on their own phone before they need to make an important call, but that’s a bit of a stretch.

Huawei CEO Richard Yu said, “This is a phone targeted at heavy and business users. It’s the perfect device for power users. It’s a huge improvement compared to the original Huawei Ascend Mate handset.

“It beats its competitors when it comes to battery life, so you can charge your Galaxy Note 3 using the Huawei Ascend Mate 2.”

No details on price or global availability but we know for sure the Ascend Mate 2 will be coming to the US at least.

You can read our review of the original Ascend Mate here.

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