Huawei’s 6.1-inch Ascend Mate gets compared with Ascend D2 in pictures

by: Bams SadewoDecember 29, 2012


The once fabled Huawei Ascend Mate has been officially unveiled just a few days back in Guangzhou. Along with the confirmation of its existence, we also saw for the very first time how it looks like in real life. It’s a big, big phone alright – if we can call it that.

If you’re looking for more revealing pictures of the Ascend Mate, you’re in luck, because more images of the handset have found their way online, showing the Mate as it sits next to the smaller, but still big Ascend D2.


You can see up close the curved design of the Mate. Don’t be fooled by the seemingly overly thick bulge on the back, as the device is only 9.9mm in thickness — or 0.5mm thicker than the Samsung Galaxy Note 2. Bear in mind that this beast packs a 6.1-inch 1080p display, though. By the way, the headline picture is a size comparison between the Ascend Mate and the Galaxy Note 2.

The full specs of the gigantic Mate haven’t been confirmed yet, but it’s expected to ship with Huawei’s 1.8GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 13MP camera, and 4,000mAh battery. Huawei is planning to introduce the phone stateside at the upcoming CES 2013.


Do you feel Huawei could’ve done a better job in designing the Ascend Mate? Do you think it’ll have what it takes to challenge the Galaxy Note 2? Leave your comments below.

  • zooz

    this is exactly what am looking for!

    • Bradford White

      You found the Droid you were looking for!

      • zooz

        I would be happy if this droid fits in my inner suit pocket!

  • spectremANDROID

    I think it could definitely look better, but at this size, what REALLY matters is how it feels in the hand. Maybe their design is more about that, as is also the case with Asus’ Nexus 7 design, though, in my opinion, its a much better design than Huawei’s phablet is.

  • RarestName

    I would call this a mini tablet instead of a phablet.

  • Faudzi Rahim Al-Junied

    Maybe a six inches monster would be a runaway success. As was with Samsung Phablets (I’m have the original Note). Rumors of a 6.3″ Note III has been floating around and guess what – I want!!! I’m skipping Note II. If the rumors are true then I’m in cloud 9.

  • Matt

    I think this phone will not be big for two main reasons, one is that it isn’t a Samsung phone (they are the top dog when it comes to phablets and brand recognition is huge for uneducated buyers) and two is that 6.1 is too big. As it stands the note 2 is a perfect size IMO, any bigger and it would be a turnoff to me and many others. I think 5.5 for phablets and 4.5-4.7 for a regular smartphones are the perfect sizes.

    • Tanya

      Not everyone thinks like this unfortunately, I’m one of those people that doesn’t think so and i’m a girl too :) i’m all for the increase in larger screens, so I won’t be able to do with a screen less than 6 inches. 6.3 for the note 3 sounds about right.

  • paranoidandroid

    i think it cant fit in any pocket….

  • michael paul

    If the Note III isn’t 6″ or bigger, I’m getting this!

  • Lara

    Way too big. 5.5inch screen is perfect. Why don’t you just get a tablet?! Means you have to carry your phone and a tablet? Oh boo-hoo! Why don’t you just carry a smart tv around in your pocket, siiisssshhh!!!

  • I would get this one :)

  • carlisimo

    A phone can be curved on the back, but a phablet should be flat so it can be used on a table.

  • Central European

    First of all, the developed world is ageing in a breathtaking pace. So this fantastic Huawei device you get an easy-touse and readablée device. Small screens (like IPhone) can only serve youngsters without eye-glasses.

    Furthermore, the world is full of urban, professional commuters (virtual nomades) who need a device like this.
    Huawei is a good brand, At the moment, they are the No.2 global company of telecom technologies. They are No. 3 in the global smartphone business. They have 45 thousand engineers. It is easy to predict that this phablet will be a major success.

    It is also important to recognize that the center of mobilia is not Europe or US anymore, and in Asia phablets are instant buy since 2012. What will happen in 2013 is that Europe and US will quietly join the Asian trend.

    • Isak Andrè Wøien

      No need for 45000 engineers on the payroll when kids make it better by the force of open designs, joint venture and a creativity let loose for the reason of making the product cheaper and recapture the initiative from the big money bastards that tries to steal what we made in our bedrooms in the 70’s and 80’s, home in Europe and the US! They won’t make it. It is all coming back to us now! Be happy, because this means more jobs and much speedier development!

  • Isak Andrè Wøien

    This feels like being the standard design of the time, right nowm
    Sleek and stylish whit a square look to it.
    It should be possible to be a little more creative about the designs . For this price, nothing else compaèst:O ğ

  • Isak Andrè Wøien

    If they’re going to make them this big in the future, they should give it more power, splitting the battery pack, screen and keyboard, then create outfits to fit the package with the major fashion designers. Not the high line, but the ordinary products people can afford!
    Give me a call if you work with this stuff, ok?