Huawei to Launch 6.1-Inch Smartphone at CES 2013

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Posted 4 years ago

How big is too big when it comes to smartphones? Personally, I think that the 4.8-inch Samsung Galaxy S III is as large as a smartphone should ever be. For me, while it is indeed a great phone, even the Galaxy Note II’s 5.5-inch display is way beyond what should be carried around in a pocket and used as a calling device. Therefore, I was shocked (and a little bit intrigued) when I heard about the latest offering from Chinese manufacturer Huawei: the Ascend Mate.

According to a report by Engadget, Huawei are all set to introduce a 6.1-inch 1080p Android smartphone, with the unveiling penciled in for January’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.

If, like many others, you are excited to see what such an enormous phone would look like, you do not have to wait until January as an eager Richard Yu, Huawei’s Chairmen of Devices, has already flaunted the device to fans at the company’s store in Guangzhou. A video of Yu, showing off the phone can be seen here.

The Ascend Mate will probably be marketed to go head-to-head with Samsung’s Galaxy Note II in a battle of the “phablets” and, if rumors are to be believed, it packs in some impressive specs to complement a full HD 1080p display. Engadget says that the giant Huawei will feature a 1.8GHz HiSilicon K3V3 quad-core chip, 2GB RAM, and a massive 4000mAh battery. While these specs may differ once the phone is finalized, a 9.9mm thickness and 361ppi LTPS will be featured.

You can forget about using this phone with one hand, and you will look utterly ridiculous holding it to your ear – it is simply that big! What is does show is that manufacturers are not only intent on outdoing each other on specs, but size too. Whether or not consumers and critics take to the Ascend Mate will be revealed at CES 2013, but I think I will be sticking to something a little bit more pocket-friendly.

– Anthony Carter

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