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Huawei Ascend Mate 2 to be 6.1-inch, 1080p monster

Huawei’s phablet offering looks set for an imminent update, with latest Huawei Ascend Mate 2 rumours suggesting the second-generation device will boast a 6.1-inch, 1080p Full HD display.

With last year’s Huawei Ascend Mate release seeing the smartphone market taken beyond the 6-inch form factor for the first time, the upcoming Huawei Ascend Mate 2 looks set to retain the same 6.1-inch size whilst jumping from a 720p HD, to 1080p Full HD panel.

According to Huawei News, the second-gen Mate, a direct rival to the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is also set for a processor and other hardware bumps.

Based on a leaked image of the handset’s settings menus, the Huawei Ascend Mate 2’s specs sheet will see a new 1.6GHz quad-core processor thrown into the mix alongside 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of inbuilt storage.

Despite Android 4.4 KitKat being the latest smartphone software to come from Google, having been rolled out aboard the Google Nexus 5 earlier this month, the second-gen Huawei Mate will reportedly not benefit from the most recent Android OS.

According to the leaked snaps, the Huawei Ascend Mate 2 will run Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. Although not even the latest iteration of Jelly Bean given Android 4.3, the Mate’s OS will reportedly be skinned with the manufacturer’s latest Emotion UI.

While there is currently no official word on when a Huawei Ascend Mate 2 release date will be held, it is expected that the oversized handset will be introduced at either CES 2014 in January, or MWC 2014 the following month.

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