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Huawei's Massive 6.1-inch Ascend Mate Hits the UK

By - Source: Vodafone UK | B 12 comments

How big is too big?

When Huawei announced the Ascend Mate at CES earlier this year, it boasted that the device had the world's largest phone screen. Indeed, this 6.1-inch device is more tablet than it is phone. Nevertheless, if massive phones are your bag, then the Ascend Mate should be right up your alley (provided you don't have something like a Galaxy Note 2 already).

 

The Ascend Mate is now available for purchase in the United Kingdom. Vodafone today revealed that the phone is officially in stock, having revealed plans to stock the device earlier this month. You can pick it up for free on a £25 a month plan with 600 minutes, unlimited texts and 500 MB of data. If contracts don't do it for you, you can buy the phone on Pay-As-You-Go for £300.

Powered by Huawei's Hi-Silicon 1.5 GHz quad-core processor, the Ascend Mate runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Alongside an 8-megapixel camera and a 4050 mAh battery, the device offers 32 GB of internal storage, 2 GB of RAM, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, and Huawei's own Emotion UI. We went hands on with the Ascend Mate at CES and found it a little on the large side (as is evident from the photo below). Check out our hands on in the video!

  

Hands-on Huawei Ascend Mate

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    eddieroolz , July 20, 2013 12:26 AM
    Unless you're 6'10", a 6.1 inch phone will perhaps look quite out of place when put up to your ear.
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    icemunk , July 20, 2013 3:11 AM
    Why is she putting that up to her ear? People still use "phones"?
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    Verrin , July 20, 2013 4:26 AM
    According to GSM Arena, this is running a K3V2 chipset, which is a quad-core A9 CPU. You can find much better specs (such as faster Krait or Snapdragon core) for you buck in this price and size range (around $400-500). I'd say the Galaxy Mega 6.3 is looking more attractive, assuming you want a phone that big.
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    __-_-_-__ , July 20, 2013 5:23 AM
    I've a 5.7" tablet lol!
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    catswold , July 20, 2013 5:45 AM
    When I first inherited my sisters Kindle Fire (first edition, she upgraded), I thought it would be a great idea if it was capable of making phone calls . . . less than a year later, voila.

    Though it's a bit unwieldy as a phone, it saves you from needing an extra device. I think it's a great idea for folks who routinely carry their tablet in addition to their phone.
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    BranFlake5 , July 20, 2013 10:31 AM
    Phones are just getting too massive. The note 2 was kind of in it's own class because it had the stylus, but Sony attempted something similar and other OEMs made "phablets as well". Phones larger than 5.5 are obnoxious and less portable. Might as well start holding up ten-inch tabs to our head for phone calls.
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    halcyon , July 20, 2013 4:31 PM
    I think phones in this size class are for folks like me who only occasionally use them to make phone calls and, when I do, what others think I may or may not look like while doing so couldn't be any more irrelevant. The real question is why make a device in this size class with any less than a 1080p display and top-end CPU? "Uh, I want a low-to-mid end big-a** phone." How many people are really saying that? Speaking of phablets, I really do hope Sammy gets the Note 3 specs right. I'm expecting a high-end air-launched low-flying cruise missile of a gadget in the Note 3. Seems like Huawei is aiming this at a differently targeted audience.
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    rwinches , July 21, 2013 5:49 AM
    Proper review
    Huawei Asend Mate
    http://www.engadget.com/2013/05/23/huawei-ascend-mate-review/
    Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 has AC wifi better at games
    http://www.engadget.com/2013/04/16/samsung-galaxy-mega-hands-on/

    Wikis
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Huawei_Ascend_Mate
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samsung_Galaxy_Mega

    Use either a headset w/mic or bluetooth .
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    Giovanni-L , July 22, 2013 6:49 AM
    @eddieroolz

    I'm 6'5" and Galaxy Note 2 fits me quite comfortably. A bigger phone? I dunno... I already find mine a bit uncomfortable to type with one hand on a 5.5" screen... The one-hand-keyboard-mode is not really usefull because it simply shrinks the keyboard so your thumb can reach the characters.

    One thing i really think should exist in android 4.1 is to add more homescreens than 7. Its a bit cool to have a homescreen for a specific task and i feel like i could use a couple more. 10 or 12 would be sweet
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    ssalim , July 22, 2013 9:15 AM
    It's Jane! Hey Jane!
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    Maryland_USA , December 25, 2013 6:34 AM
    How big is too big? When it's wider than 86mm. That's when a phablet becomes too wide to slip into a man's shirtpocket.
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    Maryland_USA , December 25, 2013 6:34 AM
    How big is too big? When it's wider than 86mm. That's when a phablet becomes too wide to slip into a man's shirtpocket.