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CES 2013: Huawei unveils durable smartphone with 6.1-inch screen

January 07, 2013|By Salvador Rodriguez

LAS VEGAS -- Huawei said Monday that its 6.1-inch-screen Ascend Mate has the largest display of any smartphone on the planet.

The Chinese company announced the device and its smaller sibling, the 5-inch Ascend D2, at CES. Huawei CEO Richard Yu said that besides having large displays, the two phones are also more durable than their competitors.

To make his point, Yu held one of the phones over a tank and poured a pitcher of water on the device. Yu then walked back to the center of the stage, boasting about the phones' toughness before dropping the device. As he picked it up, Yu said consumers could do the same with the phones on a rocky road and they'd be fine.

Photos: CES 2013 in Las Vegas

Besides durability, the phones have quite a few features worth noting.

The Ascend D2 features a full 1080p HD resolution and a pixel density of 443, according to a slide during the presentation. That figure would give the Ascend D2 the highest pixel density of any smartphone on the market.

The Ascend D2 also has a powerful 1.5GHz quad-core processor and a 13-megapixel rear camera. Yu said the Ascend D2 also has a long-lasting battery, with enough life to power the phone "for two days' work."

Despite being larger, the Ascend Mate has a little less power and a lower screen resolution. The 6.1-inch phone uses a 1.4GHz quad-core processor and has a 720p HD resolution. It has an 8-megapixel rear camera.

Both phones run on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, according to their Settings apps.

Huawei said the two devices will launch in China by February at the latest but did not reveal any pricing information. There is also no date set for when the two devices might make their way to the U.S.

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