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Is Huawei readying a rival to Samsung’s Galaxy Note 2?

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 2 hit UK shelves earlier this month, and Samsung fans in the US are eagerly awaiting their chance to get their hands on the multi-functional ‘phablet’, when it debuts stateside this week.

Now it seems that the device may already have a challenger as Chinese telecoms giant Huawei is said to be working on a 6.1-inch smartphone that could be a direct competitor to the 5.5-inch Galaxy Note 2.

Dubbed the Ascend Mate, the smartphone has an impressive line up of rumoured specs that threaten to blow its so-called rival out of the water. Here’s what we know so far.

Ascend Mate specs and features

The Ascend Mate is set to feature a display with a 1920×1080 resolution and be powered by a HiSilicon K3V3 quad-core chip clocked at 1.8GHz. The device is also expected to boast 2GB of RAM and a 4000mAh battery.

Details of the Ascend Mate’s operating system, cameras, internal storage and more are woefully lacking, as is an estimated price point, so it will be hard to make a full assessment, but it seems to stand up well against the Galaxy Note 2 from what we know so far.

Ascend Mate: A threat to the Galaxy Note 2?

If the Ascend Mate really is in the pipeline and the rumoured features turn out to be correct, then Samsung may have something to worry about, as the Ascend Mate does trump the Galaxy Note II in several areas.

This includes the Note 2’s screen resolution (1280×720), battery (3,100mAh), and quad-core processor at 1.6GHz.

However, where the Galaxy Note 2 does set itself apart from the competition is the inclusion of the S Pen, a stylus that can be used to annotate documents and write emails.

Only time will tell if the Ascend Mate can make a name for itself in the phablet market.

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