Huawei officially unwraps Ascend Mate in Australia

Huawei has officially unveiled the Ascend Mate Android phone in Australia.

Huawei has officially unveiled the Ascend Mate Android phone in Australia.

The device is set to go on sale Down Under from Saturday 20 April.

It features a 6.1in display, making it larger than Samsung's popular, oversized Galaxy Note and Galaxy Note II devices.

The Australian variant of the Ascend Mate is almost identical to European and Asian models, but includes NFC connectivity and has 1GB of RAM rather than 2GB.

The Ascend Mate is not compatible with Australian 4G networks used by Telstra and Optus and will not be sold through traditional carriers Down Under.

It will initially sell through Harvey Norman retail stores across the country before being available through other mass retailers at a later date.

"Australia is the most challenging network market in the world, especially when you look at the land mass and then you add LTE on top of that," said Huawei's Australian sales manager for retail, Minh Phan. "You're in a situation where you want to try and support everybody."

"At this point in time we wanted to bring this device out into the market."

The Huawei Ascend Mate is 6.5mm thin at its narrowest part, but 9.9mm thick overall.

It weighs almost 200g so it will immediately become one of the heaviest smartphones on the Australian market.

The Ascend Mate is powered by Huawei's own 1.5 GHz quad-core processor and has 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal memory.

The company says the 4050mAh, non-removable can last up to two days of "ordinary usage" on a single charge.

Other features of the Huawei Ascend Mate include a microSD card slot, an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with HDR and a 1-megapixel HD front-facing camera for video calls.

The Huawei Ascend Mate will be available in crystal black through Harvey Norman stores from Saturday April 20 for $429. A Boost Mobile $40 prepaid starter kit will be included with all sales.

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