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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.

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