Feeds

Huawei Ascend Mate lands in Australia

But where's 'Oz tax'?

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

Huawei is clearly hoping that 2013 will be the year that it shakes off the “cheap” image, but its Ascend Mate, first seen earlier this year at CES, still sports a notable $AU429 price tag.

But a second agenda is at work, with the 1280x720 resolution, 6.1-inch Ascend Mate based on Huawei's own silicon and a custom UI – both of which the Chinese vendor hopes have given it enough differentiation not to get lost in a crowded market.

The stripped-down Emotion UI sitting on top of Android Jelly Bean 4.1 gives the Ascend Mate a non-Android feel, while the 1.5 GHz quad-core K3V2 silicon is designed to give it good video performance and smooth window transitions and app-swaps.

A big part of the interface effort has been to make the mini-tablet (or maxi-phone - Vulture South is trying to avoid the expression “phablet”) amenable to being used with one hand. For applications like calling and texting, the user can choose a layout that puts everything important within reach of a normal thumb. The Chinese vendor is also making a strong globetrotter pitch, with a “works-anywhere” approach to mobile radio, with nine bands supported (UMTS 850/900/1700/1900/2100 MHz, and GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz). Given the combination of a severely Balkanized world 4G market and the need to save some real estate for things that people will see, the Ascend Mate is doing without LTE for the time being.

Its other key specs are 8Mp (rear) and 1Mp (front) cameras, Gorilla glass – sensitive enough, Huawei says, that it can be used while wearing gloves – and a 4500 mAh battery that the company says will last nine days on standby and two days of “normal” use.

The Ascend Mate ships in Australia on Saturday April 20. As far as The Register can tell at the moment, Huawei has been watching the Australian IT pricing debate well enough to avoid any egregious loading of the retail price merely because of location. ®

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

More from The Register

next story
Xperia Z3: Crikey, Sony – ANOTHER flagship phondleslab?
The Fourth Amendment... and it IS better
Don't wait for that big iPad, order a NEXUS 9 instead, industry little bird says
Google said to debut next big slab, Android L ahead of Apple event
Microsoft to enter the STRUGGLE of the HUMAN WRIST
It's not just a thumb war, it's total digit war
Ex-US Navy fighter pilot MIT prof: Drones beat humans - I should know
'Missy' Cummings on UAVs, smartcars and dying from boredom
Netscape Navigator - the browser that started it all - turns 20
It was 20 years ago today, Marc Andreeesen taught the band to play
A drone of one's own: Reg buyers' guide for UAV fanciers
Hardware: Check. Software: Huh? Licence: Licence...?
The Apple launch AS IT HAPPENED: Totally SERIOUS coverage, not for haters
Fandroids, Windows Phone fringe-oids – you wouldn't understand
Apple SILENCES Bose, YANKS headphones from stores
The, er, Beats go on after noise-cancelling spat
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
Three 1TB solid state scorchers up for grabs
Big SSDs can be expensive but think big and think free because you could be the lucky winner of one of three 1TB Samsung SSD 840 EVO drives that we’re giving away worth over £300 apiece.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.