Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2013 opens its big giant Barcelona doors a week on Monday, so it’s time for the obligatory manufacturer-based previews.
I’ve already suggested that MWC ain’t so exciting no more, on account of lacklustre showings from the big names, and this year it’s wide open for someone – someone like Huawei – to waltz in and steal the show. I’ve saved the best for first.
Yeah, like I was saying in the aforementioned feature, HTC has opted to launch the M7 (or HTC One, as we’re now calling it (sigh)) at a separate event on February 19. Yep, that’s six days before MWC. Six days! Even their crappy (can I say crappy?) HTC M4 and G2 are expected to come after MWC.
Similarly, Samsung looks likely to launch the flagship Galaxy S IV later in the year, and we’re told not to expect an MWC press event from the South Koreans.
Anyway! Enough moaning about other manufacturers. Let’s take a look at what China’s Huawei will – or might – be bringing to the proverbial table.
Yeah, the Huawei Ascend D2 was unveiled at CES 2013 last month, but it’ll still be proudly on display in Barcelona. Chances are, it’ll be one of the more interesting phones at the show, with the claim of being “the world’s most powerful smartphone”.
Also, we hope to hear more about a possible Huawei Ascend D2 UK release. We still have a chip on our shoulders about the Huawei Ascend D1 snub.
Incidentally, I asked Huawei on the likelihood of seeing its new wares in the UK. They told me: “Availability of each device in the UK depends on which of our customers choose to range which product. We can’t say more at this point.” Huawei’s customers being network operators as opposed to end users, of course.
In any case, Huawei Ascend D2 specs include a 5in 1080p display, 1.5GHz K3V2 quad-core processor, 13MP rear camera, Jelly Bean (Android 4.1), and a 3,000mAh battery with “fast charging technology”. Oh, and not forgetting its resistance to water and dust. Sounds good to us.
Again, this fella was unveiled in Las Vegas last month, but he’ll still be proudly displaying his form in España.
The Huawei Ascend Mate is at the head of a 2013 phablet avalanche, and will inevitably be joined by a gargantuan Samsung Galaxy Note 3, and possibly some colossal beast from Sony. In the meantime, the Huawei Ascend Mate is about as big as they come.
Huawei Ascend Mate specs include a 6.1in display (720 x 1280), quad-core 1.5GHz processor, 8MP rear camera, Jelly Bean (Android 4.1), and a suitably huge 4,050mAh battery.
Brilliantly, thanks to some fancy power management stuff, Huawei promises the Ascend Mate will last two days on a single charge.
The Huawei Ascend P2 is widely tipped to pick up Best New Smartphone at this year’s MWC.
However, the rumour mill can’t quite settle on Huawei Ascend P2 specs, with each new report seeming to differ from what we’ve heard previously.
For example, the Huawei Ascend P2’s processor has been leaked as 1.8GHz quad-core, but more recently it’s been tipped for octo-core glory.
Similarly, the Huawei Ascend P2’s display has been noted at 4.5in, 4.7in and 5in in various leaks.
As such, we’re not entirely sure where the Huawei Ascend P2 will fit in, as it’s sounding – potentially – like an absolute beast. It’d be pretty silly if it were more powerful than the Huawei Ascend D2, and we’d be seriously surprised if it were the same size. Time will tell, I guess…
Rounding off Huawei’s Android line-up, we have something called the Huawei Ascend P2 mini. Er, we say “mini”; the purportedly diminutive handset is actually thought to have a 4in display. Two years ago that would’ve been considered pretty big.
A leak from China tells us to expect a 4in 720p display, while other Huawei Ascend P2 mini specs supposedly include 1GB of RAM, an 8MP rear camera, and Jelly Bean (Android 4.1).
And that’s Huawei. Good luck to you, chaps. And get your stuff out over here.