Huawei Confirms, Showcases 6.1-inch Ascend Mate Phablet

Huawei has confirmed the existence of its 6.1-inch Ascend Mate phablet before its official unveiling at CES.

The Chinese smartphone manufacturer all but confirmed the 6.1-inch, full HD 1080 Ascend Mate earlier this month, with senior vice president Yu Chengdong stressing the firm's plans to provide a worthy competitor to Samsung's 5.5-inch Galaxy Note II (or eventually the Galaxy Note III).

Richard Yu, Hauwei's chairman of devices, showed the Ascend Mate within a company store in Guangzhou, China.

The Ascend Mate's rumored technical specifications would, if true, make it the world's most powerful smartphone. It's said to feature a full 1080p HD screen, 1.8GHz quad-core processor, 2 GB of RAM and a 4,000 mAh battery. It's also expected to measure up at 9.9mm thin, with a price tag said to be $480.

Huawei, who will reveal the Ascend D2 and W1 smartphones during CES, recently stated that it would release a device in 2013 that will best both Apple and Samsung's handsets.

Huawei's Ascend Mate

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  • christarp
    absolutely ridiculous.
  • bystander
    Is this supposed to be a new market? 6.1" is just too big for a mobile phone, but I suppose it might make sense as a home phone that can be used to quickly browse and do emails on the couch.

    I think I'd rather just have a smaller mobile smartphone and a tablet at home, but I could see this only as a casual home tablet alternative.
  • WithoutWeakness
    I own the Note 2 and it's really the upper limit of what I would want to use as a phone. I'm 6' 4" and although I can hold it in one hand I can't reach the whole screen with my thumb while holding it like the photo above shows (fingers wrapped around the back to the other side). I have to "cradle" it with a few fingers on the back and my pinky on the bottom in order to be able to reach the whole screen with my thumb. Not a problem once I got used to it but it's definitely an issue for people with smaller/normal-sized hands.

    I'm sure this will have a market (just like the Note 2 has a market) but it will be fairly small. A phone like the Galaxy S III is really the largest I'd recommend for people who want to use their phone with one hand. Once you get into 5"+ screen sizes, the phone just becomes too wide to be held and used with one hand.

    With all that said, iPhones and other phones with >4.5" screens look and feel like toys once you've gotten used to a larger device.