Jan 07 AT 5:00 PM Dustin Earley 36 Comments

Huawei trumps the competition with 6.1-inch Ascend Mate


5.5-inches is so last year. Straight out of CES 2013, Huawei has just announced the latest in the race to turn your phone into a tablet, the 6.1-inch Ascend Mate.

Coming in with an 8-megapixel camera, 1.4GHz quad-core processor, 4050mAh battery and Huawei’s Emotion UI overtop Android Jelly Bean, the 6.1-inch Ascend Mate is an absolute monster of a phone. The Ascend Mate manages to keep up with most smartphones released over the last several months, except in one critical area. The 6.1-inch display on the Ascend Mate, the device’s stand-out feature, sports a 720p resolution. Which gives it a PPI of 240. Just over half the density of a device like the 1080p Droid DNA. We’ll have to wait until we can get a closer look, but it may make for a poor viewing experience.

As usual with CES, availability details are sparse at the moment. If you’re of the mindset that bigger really is better, you’ll want to keep an eye out for the Ascend Mate in the coming months.

Source: TechCrunch

Dustin Earley: Tech enthusiast; avid gamer; all around jolly guy.

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  • Alexander drzfr3shboialex

    I only f**** with nexus,and anyways Huawei never delivers high end phones to the states.

    • Jorge Eslava

      I feel the same way, but I like the size of that battery. And I think this is more tablet than phone.

    • Richard Yarrell

      I agree 100% but your voted down on here on androidandme. Vote me down all day long and night Huawei is soft and are not big players in the android game. if that wasn’t the case then all of the devices they create would be here in the states. This device might not even make it to the states even thou is has tmobile bands for hspa+. The Galaxy Note 2 is boss in this category always will be. Plus with the Note 3 on the horizon this Ascend Mate is nothing more than a large screened smartphone with no other funcationality that resembles the Note 2. Boot leg city…. http://www.idigitaltimes.com/articles/13854/20121219/samsung-galaxy-note-3-release-date-2013.htm

      • squiddy20

        You call him out on his being voted down to -1 (at the time of this writing) while basically all of your comments are voted well below -15, some as low as -65? What a f*cking hypocrite.

        “with no other funcationality that resembles the Note 2.” And if it resembled the Note 2 too closely, you’d be calling it a “cheap knockoff” or “copycat” instead of “useless” or a “large screened phone”. What a joke.

  • http://www.jaxidian.org/update/ jaxidian

    Next up, the 6.1″ Mini Tablet with identical specs and dimensions!! ;-)

    Sorry but the Note was too big, so is this. I read an article before where there are two obvious limits to shoot for:
    1) Max size where you can hold in one hand and still use the entire screen with your thumb
    2) Max size where you can fit into your pocket

    I TOTALLY disagree with this. My targeted limit is: Max size where you can hold in one hand and still use nearly all of it with your thumb. Our ~4.6-4.8″ screens hit that. These that hit and exceed 5″ no longer fit that bill, and THAT is the important limit to me and, I think, many others!!


      Everyone has their preferences, and you are certainly entitled to yours. But there is a market for these phones as the Note has proven.

      Some peoples main concern is not wanting two own multiple devices but prefer a large screen. Other folks such as women who carry purses or public transit commuters who carry bags don’t mind a device that doesn’t fit into a pocket.

      I think the biggest issue with this particular phone is Huawei. Still not convinced they are a manufacturer worth my $$.

    • SGB101

      I thought the exact same, and even hated the 4.7″ of the One X, it just felt to big for a phone, and offered no benifit (for me) over the 3.8″ my desire was.

      So i went out and got a Note2, now with this beast the extra size make perfect sense, it’s more than I phone, and fits in any pocket I have, including front jeans pocket.

      6.1 may be getting close to the nexus7,size that won’t fit in my jeans, but does my coat. So il hold off judgement until I see it.

      I think the ppi, may be the devices main issue, it really should of been 1080p. This will look a dog next to the DNA and even the older One X.

      • WlfHart

        Yeah, especially given they are releasing a smaller phone with 1080… this one should have gotten that treatment.

    • Dave Kratter

      You’re spot on, jaxidian. It’s no longer possible to get close to using the phone with one hand unless you’re a giant like Lebron James with his Galaxy Note II. For us normal-sized humans, it has to be no bigger than around 4.75″.

    • Chris

      Relax Jax.

    • WlfHart

      At least in the Note’s case, with a stylus it isn’t really meant to always be used just with one hand’s thumb. So being so large isn’t an issue if you’re interested in using the devie to its full potential. But to each their own.

  • ranwanimator

    How could 240PPI possibly make for a poor viewing experience?

  • Cin4

    wow look at this huge co….. phone!

  • DroidPower

    is phablet the future?

  • http://www.rainydayfunds.blogspot.com Annie

    The Emotion UI and the ppi are killing it for me. While the screen size is a huge factor, I still cant imagine using a phone that displays everything in, what I dangerously assume, is stretched pixels at a 2011 resolution with a 2010 pixel density.

    I would like to add that I refuse to upgrade from my Xperia Play unless it is to an Android based flip phone on preference alone. Also, I am in no way an authority on the topic at hand, and this is all opinion based.

    Besides, I’m a fan of some of their other phones, even if they refuse to share them with the US :’(

    Still looks like it could be quite the entertaining phone.

    • Dave Kratter

      720p is hardly “a 2011 resolution”. There were maybe 1 or 2 phones in 2011 that were 720p.

      Top-of-the-line phones released in 2012Q4 were still sporting 720p, like the LG Nexus 4, LG Optimus G, and the Samsung Galaxy Note II.

      And 1080p has barely made a dent so far, considering there’s been only 1 major phone (HTC Droid DNA) that’s got it.

      • http://www.rainydayfunds.blogspot.com Annie

        So you mean to tell me the entire 2011 Sony Ericsson line that sports the S2 chipset with 720p screens is “one or two” phones? I could go compile a list of 720p phones, but 2012 was a major disappointment on the phone front, the majority of “high end” phones being hyped a bit too high and delivery well below the expected quality.

        • Dave Kratter

          Please, go compile that list. I don’t think you’re going to find what you think you will.

          Sony Ericsson Xperia phones (all their Snapdragon S2 stuff from 2011) did not have 720p displays. As far as I can tell, they announced (not released) their first 720p display phone in Nov/Dec 2011.

  • Paul

    My Note 2 is about as large as I want to go. It’s already at the very limits of what I want to hold in my hand or to my face, but it’s still within those limits. The only way I could see something bigger than the 5.5″ display is if they made the bezel’s thinner, went edge to edge top to bottom as well. You could add more diagnol space that way without making the phone physically bigger. I think the physical dimensions of the Note 2 is about max, even the difference between the Note 1 and Note 2, bigger screen but roughly the same physical dimensions.

    • SGB101

      2 years ago when we was all on 3.8″ phones, you of laughed your head off, If you was told you’d have a 5.5″ phone.

      Me too, and everyone else. When they both to 4.3″ they was to big, then 4.8 was stupid, 5.5 humongous.
      In 2013 you will be pressed to find a decent device under 5″.

      I do think 5.5″ is pushing the limits, but so was 3.8″. I’m rambling, because I know nothing, 6″ may be the new 3.8″ and by next xmas we will all want 7.5″ phones.

      Maybe not!

  • thymeless

    There is no good reason this shouldn’t have a 1080 screen. They did it on their other phone. At this point in the phablet game, this is just more “Me Too!” instead of Note II. They could have led, but they just followed on this one.

  • lokidokie

    I love my Note 2, and could ‘possibly’ go a little bigger, but maybe not this big.
    And yes, I can and do use my Note 2 with one hand. My thumb can reach any part of the screen, it’s really pretty easy.

  • Nathan D.

    Dam!!! That a freaken monster of a screen! It should be tablet territory at that measurements. I understand the tab phones like the note but for me that just east to big to make a phone call on.

  • 3.1415926535

    Of course its a black phone

  • LucenNox

    The other day my stepdad was telling me that he knows a guy at work who doesn’t even have a phone, he just uses a nexus 7. Sure, you don’t have a camera, but that’s probably what I would do if I ever got the inclination to use a phablet.

  • nikhilverma

    Is it a phone or a tablet?

  • sbala

    In 2013, phones are going to be in 4.5-5 inch range
    & phablets in 5.5-6.5 inch range

  • sunrise

    I think these ever growing phablets are getting out of control. Doesn’t anyone else agree that 6.1 inch phone is too big?

    • donger

      Agreed with you.

    • Grin4

      Agree, iPhone 5 does it right, 4 inches are the best

  • Richard Yarrell

    Bottom line folks you gotta applaud Huawei for upping the ante. They pretty much assured us current Galaxy Note 2 owners that it’s about to get real serious now. Regardless the Galaxy Note 2 rules this category always will. Yes the Hauwei Ascend Mate pisses all over those normal crappy phones Galaxy Nexus, and all 2011 phones. I love my Samsung Galaxy Note 2 it’s boss but the Galaxy Note 3 will be a major player in the tech game

  • Richard Yarrell
  • Voliam

    These super-size phones will really get popular when that “European man bag” comes of age!

  • http://www.rainydayfunds.blogspot.com Annie

    The display isn’t but the phone decodes it natively.

    LG Nitro
    HTC Rezound
    Galaxy Nexus

    That’s three. Eat a whole bag of baby dicks.

  • digvijaya07

    Really a Super Size Phone

  • Aaron

    But they were talking specifically about the display. He was right. Your Xperia comment was wrong. Wear it.