Sure, Huawei managed to eke out an additional inch from the phablet platform with its introduction of the Ascend Mate at CES this January. But even as Huawei is only starting to release its six-incher this month (currently on pre-order at some online retailers), you’d be glad to know that other manufacturers have been adventurous enough to try their luck at a 6.1-inch device, too. And they don’t necessarily have to a major brand like Sony.
Chinese brand KingCom has its Padphone 61 for sale in the Philippines for PhP 11,318. That’s about US$278, which makes it just under half the $575 pre-order price that Huawei is offering its Ascend Mate for. YugaTech says the phone has been out in the market since mid-January, which makes us wonder if KingCom timed this just when buzz over the 6.1-inch Mate was at its peak.
$278 gets you an Ice Cream Sandwich-powered phablet running on a 1 GHz dual-core MediaTek processor. Here are some specs:
- 6.0″ FWVGA display at 480×854 pixels
- Mediatek MTK 6577 1.0GHz dual-core
- PowerVR SGX531 GPU
- 512MB RAM
- 4GB internal storage
- up to 32GB via microSD
- 3G, Dual-SIM, dual-standby
- Wifi 802.11 b/g/n
- Stereo FM Radio with RDS
- GPS w/ aGPS support
- 5MP rear camera
- VGA front-facing camera
- Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
With dual-SIM mobile devices popular in emerging markets (so you don’t have to buy another phone), the KingCom Padphone 61 also supports two SIM cards, and these run on dual-standby. Of course, the specs are nothing to phone home about, and at 160 PPI, the screen is not exactly crisp. Given the price point, however, this might be a tempting offer for first-time phablet buyers who are not exactly into bleeding-edge specs, but want to see if the six-inch form factor is the right fit.
Would you hold this 6.1-inch phablet against your face to make calls? Or would you rather focus on using the device for apps, browsing and games?