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.
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.
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.
The problem of holding it wasn't even what concerns me. It's lugging it around. It is way to big for a pocket, and even bulky to try and attach to your hip with a clip. Perhaps it would fit in a purse, but that already drops it's market in half.
I was thinking it's only value is at a set location, like in the house or in the office.
That almost sounds like a steal considering the Note 2's price unlocked!