Just when you thought you were king of the smartphone hill with your 5.55-inch Samsung Galaxy Note II, along comes Huawei with their massive 6.1-inch Ascend Mate phablet.
The pocket stretching phone was supposed to debut at the Las Vegas CES in a couple of weeks, but apparently Huawei's Richard Yu couldn't restrain himself from whipping it out for a few seconds at an in-store event in China, just enough time to grab a couple of shots.
With its 6.1-inch Full HD 1920x1080 display, the Ascend Mate is actually closer in size to an iPad Mini than an iPhone 5, only this is a tablet that actually lets you make a call. Of course it will probably look like you're holding a book against the side of your head, but what would you expect if you need that huge display.
The Android driven beast uses a 1.8GHz quad core processor, which is probably a good idea if you're trying to run 1080p movies on a freakin' phone. It also has a massive 4,000mAh battery so that the giant screen won't go blank half way through the opening credits. At 361 pixels-per-inch, the pixel density is actually higher than the iPhone 5's much smaller 'Retina Display.' Yes, I realize that there have been a couple of 1080p smartphones before this one, but their screens were relatively puny.
Huawei mentioned a price that works out to around $480, but it's not clear if that's a Chinese price or what it's expected to sell for stateside. No availability date was mentioned, but in the meantime you can start shopping for jackets with extra roomy pockets.