6.1-inch 1080p Huawei Ascend Mate to push phablet boundaries even further
Samsung’s Galaxy S3 has been the undeniable star of the Android galaxy in 2012, but the competition for the world’s next super-phone will definitely take things to the edge. LG’s Optimus G was one of the most likely candidates for the throne just a few weeks back, but in the meantime the 4.7-incher’s stunning spec sheet has been severely undercut by a bunch of new devices.
We’ve seen HTC’s J Butterfly and Oppo’s Find 5 prancing around with the first 1080p displays, we know that Sony is prepping an impressive 5-incher, but also a gargantuan 6-incher, and now Huawei is joining this crazy race with… a 6.1-incher.
That’s right, boys and gals, the Ascend D Quad makers are taking things to the next level with the Ascend Mate. Now we don’t know if people are ready to welcome in their lives a “phablet” that’s clearly knee-deep in tablet territory than anything or how silly will we look holding a 6.1-inch “phone” next to our ears, but we know that this thing is happening whether we like it or not.
But Huawei isn’t keeping things modest in the specs department either, so even if you don’t fancy the idea of such a humongous phone, you can’t not get excited about a 1.8 GHz quad-core CPU, 2 GB of RAM, and a hefty 4,000 mAh battery.
Not to mention that the display will sport a 1,920 x 1,080 pixels resolution and that this entire hardware madness will be wrapped in a body measuring 9 mm in thickness. Dayum!
This “beastly creature” is not yet official, so we shouldn’t get ahead of ourselves, although its existence has been confirmed through Huawei’s official website. There’s also no image with the device, so chances are the Ascend Mate’s release is still several months down the road.
Another thing that should tone the excitement (or frustration) down a bit is the news that the 1.8 GHz processor said to power the Mate will most likely be “homebrewed” by Huawei. We know that the Chinese company has had some trouble with the K3V2 chip’s manufacturing process, so chances are that it’ll be even difficult for the new K3V3 to be fully functional by, say, next Spring.
Still, we can definitely allow ourselves to dream and keep our fingers crossed for an MWC public introduction early next year. Who’s excited? And who’s appalled by the idea of a 6.1-inch smartphone?