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Huawei's Ascend Mate

Richard Yu consumer business CEO for Huawei

The Ascend Mate (left) and the Ascend D2

The pitcher test?

Showing off the Ascend Mate

Smart reading

Check the specs

Top view of the Ascend Mate

Rear view

Large, but thin

Side by side

Start your thumb stretches

Glove friendly

Close up of pitcher test

LAS VEGAS--The Huawei Ascend Mate has a clear and colorful 6.1-inch HD display, an 8-megapixel camera, a front-facing camera, and a microSD card slot.
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Richard Yu, the consumer business CEO for Huawei, announced the Ascend Mate, what he called the "largest-screen smartphone in the world," and the Ascend D2, the "most powerful smartphone."
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Though it's hard to tell from this picture, these phones from Huawei are a lot bigger than what most people are used to.
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Richard Yu shows the audience that the Ascend D2 is, in fact, waterproof. We were kind of hoping for him to drop it in the tank, but the pitcher test is still pretty impressive.
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Consumer business CEO for Huawei, Richard Yu, seemed ready to take on the competition with the new Huawei devices.
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Similar to the Kindle and many smartphones, you can select a word and perform a search for definitions or translation.
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When you see the specs, the Ascend Mate is definitely impressive, but until we get one in our hands for testing, we'll reserve judgement.
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Micro-USB connector on the top.
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When you look at the profile for both phones, you can see they are slimmer than most.
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Both the Ascend Mate and the Ascend D2 run on a modified version of Android 4.1.
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Richard Yu put on some gloves to show that the screen was responsive even through the thick fabric.
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Pouring water on the Ascend Mate drew a gasp from the crowd in attendance.
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