Giant 6-inch phone suggests that bigger is always better

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.

Via Engadget

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