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Hands-on With the MASSIVE Huawei Ascend Mate Smartphone

In further proof that the Dell Streak was ahead of its time, Huawei unveiled at CES its Ascend Mate phablet with its monstrous 6.1-inch screen.

Clearly, though, Huawei is not targeting the now-extinct Streak, but rather the immensely successful Galaxy Note line from Samsung. The current Note II offering has a 720x1280 screen that measures 5.5-inches. Huawei's Ascend Mate doesn't better the resolution any, but does push the boundaries even further of how big a smartphone can get.

Galaxy Note II on Left; Huawei Ascend Mate on Right

 

We went hands-on with the Ascend Mate at CES and the phone is definitely the biggest case for the term phablet, as this was head and shoulders above how the Samsung Galaxy Note II feels in hand. Like Samsung has done, Huawei has provided customizations in Android to allow for one-handed operation, such as shrinking and moving the keyboard and dial pad to one side. Still, it's a device that generally demands two-handed operation.

 

With the reveal of 1080p high-end smartphones at CES 2013, it's a little disappointing that the Ascend Mate is only a 720p device. Its 6.1-inch display size would definitely make for a very compelling mobile full HD device. There's little doubt that the next version of the Mate will have a gorgeous 1080p screen.

The Ascend Mate is a handsome phone, err, phablet. OK, to be honest, we're still coming to terms that this is actually a phone and not just a tablet. We're not saying that it's too big of a device – far from it – we think that this 6.1-inch phone will find its audience just as the Galaxy Note has. Perhaps it'll even be the same customers who presently own a Note, and those who do are passionate about their phones being just the right size for them.

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  • warezme
    It's not a phone, it's a tablet with a phone function.
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  • warezme
    furthermore, all single screen, no button smart phones, are mini tablets with a phone function thrown in, that generally doesn't work that well. The phone, phones are gone.
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  • halcyon
    This device really should have had a 1920x1080 screen. It kills me that they couldn't figure that out. Maybe they wanted to make sure image quality wouldn't be too high.
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  • -Jackson
    Next thing you know, we'll be calling tablets "phones"..
    Oh wait.
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  • rebel1280
    I agree with both of you warezme and halcyon. Though even at 1080P, that is to big for a phone. Note II didn't push the boundaries of how big a phone can get, it is the boundary. Don't get me wrong, i happen to really like the Note II coupled with some sort of headset, its a wonderful device but common 6"!? Some butt pockets aren't even that big!
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  • freggo
    May as well hold my laptop next to my ear...

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  • rebel1280
    Im starting to wonder if all these chinese companies are putting some kind of spying stuff on the equipment they sell... there is so much coming out right now.
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  • mayankleoboy1
    rebel1280Im starting to wonder if all these chinese companies are putting some kind of spying stuff on the equipment they sell... there is so much coming out right now.
    They already do so.
    And America can do nothing because it does not have any mfg capabilities to meet the demand.
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  • house70
    rebel1280Im starting to wonder if all these chinese companies are putting some kind of spying stuff on the equipment they sell... there is so much coming out right now.Your tinfoil hat is showing a bit above your left year...
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  • jacobdrj
    This phone would make Shaquille O'Neal's hands look... normal...
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