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Is a 7-inch Smartphone too Much? Because Huawei is About to Sell You One

February 7, 2014 - Written By Tom Dawson

 

Let’s face it, there are a lot of you out there that are really into big smartphones. After all, the Galaxy Note line wouldn’t be anywhere as successful as it is today if big phones weren’t big business. It’s not just Samsung that have been producing large phones however, and in fact it was Dell with the 5-inch Dell Streak that first introduced all this “phablet” stuff. Back then, we thought 5-inch was far too big for a smartphone, but now we don’t think much at all about 5-inch devices and the Galaxy Note 3 at 5.7-inches is a large device, but it’s no longer considered ridiculously big by most users. Huawei’s upcoming phablet however, most definitely will be cause for concern when it comes to screen size.

Hitting Chinese social media site Weibo recently has been a 7-inch Huawei device, that is apparently a smartphone, and not a tablet. That’s right, Huawei is looking to sell you a 7-inch smartphone. According to the leaker, the device itself measures  183.5 x 103.9 x 7.5 mm and weighs 239g. Specs apparently include a 1920 x 1200 display resolution, a quad-core HiSilicon V9R1 chipset, with 2GB of RAM and a 13-megapixel camera. Unfortunately, the device is said to be running Android 4.2.2, which is a strange choice for a device launching this late. Never the made specs though, this is a 7-inch smartphone we’re talking about. That’s a pretty big jump from the 5-inch and 6-inch smartphones that are available today. They’re not the first to try this however, as ASUS have their FonePad to entice people into sticking a tablet to their ear.

This is perhaps not a device that’s meant for consumption outside of Asia, and with the resolution of 1920 x 1200, which is more of a tablet ratio, there’s a chance the tipster has their wires crossed. Chinese manufacturer Huawei have been selling large-screen devices like these for a little while now, with their Ascend Mate line coming in at 6.1-inches, but at 7-inches even this would large next to such a massive device. What do you guys think? Would you like such a large device, or is this simply taking things too far?