Product Launch by Andrew Kameka on Monday January 07, 2013.
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Huawei has decided that being big isn't big enough, so the Chinese manufacturer today announced the Huawei Ascend Mate, a smartphone with a 6.1-inch screen. Just in case you were wondering, that's not a typo; the Ascend Mate has a 6.1-inch display.
Huawei follows the path of last year's Samsung Galaxy Note II and HTC DROID DNA by blurring the line between smartphone and tablet, but the Ascend Mate strays much farther into tablet territory than the other devices. The company says it strays from making the phone too big by having a better "screen to frame" ratio, meaning it has a bigger display area within a given size than rivals. While the Galaxy Note II has a 0.69 ratio and the DROID DNA has a 0.68 ratio, the Ascend Mate beats both with its 0.73 screen to frame ratio.
One drawback to that extra space is that though the Ascend Mate has a larger 6.1-inch display, it has a 720p resolution, which means that the phone will have a larger screen with less than half the pixel density as the DROID DNA. Huawei says that the phone will be better to touch because the display has touch sensors that allow use even if someone is wearing gloves.
The Ascend Mate has a 1.5GHz quad-core processor, an 8 megapixel rear camera, and a 4,050 mAh battery. The high-capacity battery will be necessary to justify the incredibly large display, but it could feasibly still have solid battery life despite the larger-than-normal screen.
The Ascend Mate runs Android 4.0 with the Emotion UI that Huawei launched late last year. It also includes software designed specifically to take advantage of the extra screen space. The Ascend Mate features Floating Windows that enable select apps to be video in split screens, so users can use a calculator and browse the web or watch a video and send a text at the same time.
Specific details about price and global availability have not been announced for the Ascend Mate. The phone will launch in China this February and then become available in other unnamed markets beginning in March.source: Image via Engadget
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.