The Huawei exec didn’t confirm the phablet’s name, nor any of its specs. He did however give us a rough time frame for when to expect the Mate in stores: sometime in early 2013. We’re guessing Huawei doesn’t want to miss China’s biggest holiday shopping season, which occurs just before the Chinese New Year celebrations (in 2013 on February 10), so it will do its best to launch the Ascend Mate before that.
While not discussing specs, Yu Chengdong did discuss the competition. He seems to think the Galaxy Note II is grossly overpriced, and urges people not to buy one. Instead, wait for Huawei’s competitor, which will allegedly perform better and will be cheaper.
Previously rumored specs for the Huawei Ascend Mate (except the already mentioned display) include a 1.8 GHz quad-core processor, 2 GB of RAM, and a 4,000 mAh battery. The device will run some yet unknown version of Android.