After the success of the Galaxy Note II it’s safe to say that there’s definitely a market for large screen hybrid smartphones that double as tablets and are better known as ‘phablets’. Joining Samsung and other large screen smartphone makers is Huawei, whose Senior Vice President Yu Chengdong has confirmed to the press that his company is currently working on a big screen device.
To describe the screen of this new smartphone Huawei’s exec used the word “giant”, which alone describes the magnitude of this upcoming device. Although Mr. Chengdong didn’t reveal any further information about the new phablet there are reports of a new Huawei device called Ascend Mate.
Ascend Mate is said to feature a 6.1-inch 1080p Full HD display and could be the device Chengdong is talking about. If Ascend Mate really ends up having a 6.1-inch display then it will dwarf the Galaxy Note 2 (another device that many people call huge).
Along with the 6.1-inch 1080p Full HD display, the Ascend Mate is also rumored to feature a 1.8GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, a 4,000 mAh battery, and a recent Android Jelly Bean.
While the specs mentioned above are based on rumors and Mr. Chengong made sure not to reveal his company’s upcoming phablet’s specs, he did trash Samsung’s Galaxy Note 2 by calling it “grossly overpriced”. He even advised buyers not to buy the Galaxy Note 2 and wait for Huawei to release its phablet. The Huawei boss claimed that the Ascend Mate (or whatever it will be called) will be cheaper and will perform better than Galaxy Note 2.
Mr. Chengong said that Huawei plans to release the new device sometime in early 2013. Probably, the company will push to have the device in the market in time for the Chinese holiday shopping season, or by February 2013.