Huawei’s new Ascend Mate 2 comes with a battery big enough to charge other phones. If you’re one of those benevolent smartphone owners so very scarce in the mobile industry, you’d be able to connect any other smartphone to the Ascend Mate 2’s 4050mAh battery—you can even charge something like an iPhone. Huawei actually did that at its press conference at CES on Monday, demonstrating its insane capabilities. Suddenly a portable battery—ones that we so desperately rely on during events like CES—doesn’t even seem necessary.
The device itself is similar is style to Huawei’s first Ascend Mate; it sports a massive 6.1-inch display (that’s 720p), and includes some big internal improvements over the first iteration. Specs include a 1.6GHz quad-core processor, Bluetooth 4, 5-megapixel camera (front facing) and a 13-megapixel Sony BSI sensor for the shooter on the back. Those will be some high resolution selfies, which is becoming more of a necessity in a world dominated by Snapchat, Instagram and Facebook. We barely just moved on from 5-megapixel cameras on the back.
The massive battery sported by the Ascend Mate 2 should get users up two full days of usage, which is incredible when some devices aren’t even capable of getting through a work day. Devices have gotten much better at lasting through the day thanks to improved processors and more optimized software, but bigger is always better concerning batteries—two days will surely attract power users. Other specs of the Mate 2 include 16GB of storage (microSD expandable) and Android 4.3 with an “Emotion” skin overlaid on top.
It’s unclear when the Mate 2 will be available, or even what carrier will offer the device. If Huawei wants to crack the U.S. market, a big battery is a nice start. But something so large might not appeal to enough of an audience to make an impact. Guess we’ll find out how consumers take to it when it launches (presumably) this year.