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Huawei's new best Mate has big screen, low price but no 4G

Ross Catanzariti | April 17, 2013
Huawei Ascend Mate Android phone available through Harvey Norman from 20 April

The Ascend Mate is powered by Huawei's own 1.5 GHz quad-core processor and has 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal memory. The company says the 4050mAh, non-removable can last up to two days of "ordinary usage" on a single charge.

Other features of the Huawei Ascend Mate include a microSD card slot, an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with HDR and a 1-megapixel HD front-facing camera for video calls.

The Australian model of the Ascend Mate will come with Google's Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system but includes Huawei's Emotion UI overlay. The latter includes features such as sound and user profiles, a range of home screen widgets and a home screen that abolishes Android's traditional app drawer.

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Phan said the Ascend Mate may be upgraded to the latest version of Android, 4.2 Jelly Bean, but only if the upgrade immediately benefits the consumer.

"It's [Android 4.2 upgrade] definitely within the device capabilities but we have to look at that. On previous experiences, it's nice to have, but sometimes it's not always the best way to go because you might upgrade to another version of Android but you don't get any additional benefit, and that's really the key."

 

"Jelly Bean vs. Jelly Bean with Emotion UI is a totally different experience. It's definitely within our capability to do it, but we need to see what the pros and cons are. If it doesn't benefit the consumer in terms of additional capabilities then it may not be worth it."

The Huawei Ascend Mate will be available in crystal black through Harvey Norman stores from Saturday April 20 for $429. A Boost Mobile $40 prepaid starter kit will be included with all sales.

 

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