Is it a tablet or smartphone? 6.1-inch Huawei Ascend Mate Coming Soon

Huawei Ascend MateHuawei has already talked of its big plans for CES 2013, having partially confirmed the arrival of the Ascend D2 at the show, but it could have even bigger plans too. Huawei’s Chairman, Richard Yu, took an even larger-screened device out of his pocket at one of the firm’s stores in China – the Ascend Mate.

The Mate has been rumoured for a while, and its appearance confirms it’s at least being worked on by Huawei, while rumours are gathering it’ll make its official debut alongside the Ascend D2 during CES. So what makes the Ascend Mate special? It has a massive 6.1-inch screen, that’s 0.6-inches larger than the already big Samsung Galaxy Note 2 – and less than an inch smaller than tablets such as the Nexus 7. It’ll also have that all-important 1080p resolution.

Powering the Ascend Mate is likely to be a 1.8GHz, quad-core processor, with a 4000mAh battery providing the energy, all wrapped up in a 9.9mm thick chassis.

You can see the the Ascend Mate in action, briefly, in the video below, which was shot at the Huawei store. It’s easy to see just how big the Ascend Mate is, which could end up being its downfall, seeing as how it’s only a touch smaller than entry level tablets.

How many people will want to use a device with such a large screen on a daily basis? It’s the same question we asked when the Galaxy Note and Note 2 were released, and our opinion has changed over the past few months as we have begun to accept these big-screen phones.

If the Ascend Mate does arrive during CES 2013, it’ll join the Ascend D2 and Ascend W1. The show begins on January 8.

About Andrew Boxall

Andy's fascination with mobile tech began in the 90s, at a time when SMS messages were considered cutting edge, but it would be at least a decade before he would put finger-to-keyboard as a freelance tech writer. In the interim he wrote about travel, formulated strong opinions about films and drove a series of audacious cars