Fans of smartphones sporting huge screens should read on, as this week sees the arrival of a new beast that will rival Samsung’s 5.5 inch Galaxy Note 2. The Huawei Ascend Mate boasts a mind boggling 6.1 inch screen and techno geeks have already dubbed the monster a ‘phablet’, a mixture between a phone and a tablet.
Huawei senior vice president Yu Chengdong took to Weibo, which is the Chinese equivalent of Twitter, and confirmed the Huawei Ascend Mate is now officially in production, with a 6.1-inch screen that runs Android 4.1 “Jelly Bean”, with a super sharp full HD resolution, and powered by a 1.8GHz quad-core processor. The vice president promised that the beast will be out early next month.
Featured on The Gadget Show tonight, the Huawei Ascend Mate will be a serious contender for the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, the 5.5-inch phone-tablet that has already sold in its millions.
The official introduction of the Huawei Ascend Mate with its 6.1-inch screen makes it the biggest smartphone ever made. The specifications are that the HD screen is more than half an inch wider diagonally than the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, and borders on the size of a Google Nexus 7 or Amazon Kindle Fire HD tablet – though it is only 6.5mm deep.
And with all that extra space comes some pretty special specs, as you’d expect. For instance, inside, there’s an eight megapixel camera, 1.5GHz quad-core processor and an absolutely enormous 4050mAh battery, about twice that of most smartphones, meaning it could run for days and days on a charge.
Of course, whilst most gadgets are getting smaller, it remains to be seen just how easy is it to use the Huawei Ascend Mate with the extra screen space. But for those who don’t want to upgrade to a tablet, or an iPad Mini, the Chinese creators are quite confident that this is going to fill a huge gap in the communications industry. And as they have managed to squeeze a one-handed mode into the Android 4.1 software, it is still possible to type on a smaller sized keyboard with one finger or thumb if you prefer.
However, the bad news for US or UK consumers is that Huawei are only selling the Ascend Mate in China next month. But we think that given the company’s rising profile in the UK in the past couple of years, it could possibly be on sale on British soil within the next few months.
If we get any more news we will certainly let you know.