Rumours discussing the oddly named Huawei Ascend Mate first appeared in October, but not everyone believed the Chinese firm really had the guts to produce a device with a 6.1-inch screen and still call it a smartphone. It appears it does have the guts though, as the Mate has once again appeared prior to launch, this time in the hands of Huawei’s Chairman Richard Yu, who was caught on video showing off the device in a Huawei store in China this week.
According to rumour, the Ascend Mate will have a 6.1-inch screen with a 1080p resolution, providing a pixel density of 361ppi, which is powered by a 1.8GHz processor and a huge 4000mAh battery. All this will be squeezed into a chassis measuring 9.9mm thick. The video shows a massive device, unashamedly displaying a trailer for Titanic, and it clearly needs two hands to hold it.
The Ascend Mate will bridge the gap between the already massive Galaxy Note II and 7-inch tablets such as the Nexus 7. But where the Galaxy Note II’s chassis is just about hand-sized, a device with another half-inch on the screen however, sounds like it will tip over into tablet territory. A device of this size will be at a disadvantage in this company due to the price too, as it’s sure to be twice that of a Nexus 7 or an equivalent.
It seems we won’t have long to wait until we’re officially introduced to Huawei’s Mate, as it could be joining the Ascend D2 and the Ascend W1 on the CES 2013 schedule, so look out for it from 8 January.