Huawei Ascend Mate 3 shows its face in new leaks

Huawei Ascend Mate 2 4G home screen
Only a month after Huawei launched the Ascend Mate 2, it looks like the Chinese manufacturer is already prepping its successor, if images from Chinese website IT168 are to be believed.

According to the site’s report, the Ascend Mate 3 is a result of the company’s merging of its Mate series and D-series, with the latter simply disappearing. Based on the images, the Ascend Mate 3 should have a 6-inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel screen, and a thinner bezel than its predecessor in a likely attempt to maintain its same footprint.

In terms of specifications, a Huawei-built octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 920 processor will power the Ascend Mate 3, along with 2GB of RAM and Android 4.4 KitKat. Other specifications include 5- and 13-megapixel front- and rear-facing cameras, 4G LTE connectivity, and 16GB of internal memory. It’s unknown whether the Ascend Mate 3 allows for memory expansion via MicroSD, but seeing how the Ascend Mate 2 does have a MicroSD card slot, it wouldn’t be surprising if the Ascend Mate 3 pack some extra storage.

Huawei was unable to convince any major carriers to promote its high-end devices, including the Ascend Mate 2, so it’s likely the Ascend Mate 3 will also be sold through gethuawei.com. It’s also likely Huawei will price the Ascend Mate 3 similarly to its predecessor, which currently goes for $300 unlocked, though don’t be surprised if there is a price bump.

We could hear more about the Ascend Mate 3 as September rolls around, as the website alleges that will be when Huawei officially reveals the handset.

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