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Huawei Launches 1st 6.1-Inch Superphone

LAS VEGAS – Huawei came to International CES to underscore its transition from a low-end to a high-end cellphone supplier with the launch of its first Windows 8 phone and a pair of superphones that include the world’s first smartphone with 6.1-inch screen.

The second superphone sports a 5-inch 1080p display. Both phones feature quad-core 1.5GHz CPU, Android 4.1 OS, backsides that curve from side to side for a comfortable grip, and very-high-capacity batteries, with one model promoted as offering the highest-capacity cellphone battery in the world at 4,050 mAH. That battery delivers more than 22 hours of talk time or 14 hours of web browsing or more than 10 hours of video playback, said Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei’s consumer business group.

 The company is talking with U.S. carriers to bring the phones here, he said.

The model with a 6.1-inch screen is the Ascend Mate, a 9.99mm-thick device with 1GB RAM, 8GB memory, 64MB MicroSD slot, 4,050 mAH battery, 1,280 by 720p HD screen resolution, and such features as Magic Touch technology, which enables the touchscreen to be controlled by gloved hands.

The Mate also features one-handed user interface, positioning the virtual dialing keypad and QWERTY keyboard to the left or right of the big screen. In another advance, the company said it was able to reduce power consumption by 30 percent with the use of two power-saving technologies, and the large battery can be charged quickly, enabling it to be charged in 25 percent less time than Samsung’s Galaxy SIII smartphone despite the Mate’s 30 percent higher battery capacity, Yu said.

 The Mate will be available in the U.S. with 4G LTE. It wasn’t known whether the second new phone, the Ascend D2 with 5-inch 1080p display, would be available here in an LTE version. The version shown here featured GSM/HSPA+ technology.

The Ascend D2 has a 1080p display, 443 ppi pixel density to exceed that of the iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S III, and a 3,000 mAH battery, which offers twice the capacity of the iPhone 5’s battery to deliver two-day power in normal use, Yu said.

 The D2 also features such step-up camera capabilities as 13-megapixel capture, f/2.2 aperture, backside illumination and HDR (high dynamic range). It also has a rugged metal chassis said to offer “full protection from dust and liquid sprays,” according to company literature. The phone will survive when dropped in water, Yu said.

The D2 also features 2GB RAM, 32GB memory, MicroSD slot and Super Hands Free, enabling clear two-way speakerphone conversations when the user is up to 5 feet from the phone.

Both Huawei models feature dual Wi-Fi receivers to deliver downloads speeds up to 150Mbps.

The company’s first Windows 8 phone, the Ascend W1, will be available in China and Russia this month, followed by the U.S., Eastern Europe, Middle East and other countries at unspecified times.

This handset features a 4-inch 480 by 800 IPS LCD display with low reflectivity and full lamination technology to provide high visibility under any lighting condition, the company said. It runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-core 1.2GHz processor and Adreno 305 GPU.

The 10.15mm-thick phone comes with 1,950 mAh battery to deliver 470 hours of standby time. It will be available in a variety of colors.

Additional product details were unavailable.