Richard Yu, Huawei’s chairman of devices gave a little teaser of one of their upcoming Android phones yesterday at a Huawei store in Guangzhou. The official unveiling of the Ascend Mate, along with Huawei’s other upcoming handsets is expected to be at their CES press day in two weeks’ time.
Here are the specs that we know so far:
- 6.1-inch 1080p LTPS (low temperature polysilicon) screen with a pixel density of 361ppi
- 1.8GHz HiSilicon K3V3 quad-core processor
- 4,000mAh battery
- Price tag of around ¥3,000 (approximately $480USD)
The final specs may differ slightly, wrote Yu on Sina Weibo.
The first smartphone to receive the moniker “Phablet”(Phone/Tablet hybrid) was the Dell Streak 5, but it wasn’t taken very well by consumers, mostly because the hardware was slightly bulky and Android was not yet optimized for screens of that size. There have been a few others that tried to make a niche between phones and tablets, but not many had been successful. When the Samsung Galaxy Note was first announced back in October of 2011, I personally did not think it would do very well, just like the others that had tried before it. I thought this because, in my opinion anything larger than 5-inches, is just too big to carry around in your pocket, and use as a phone. Samsung’s aggressive marketing of the Galaxy Note, partly helped in making the Galaxy Note the big success that it was and they’ve followed a similar route with the recent release of the Samsung Galaxy Note II. HTC has also joined the Phablet line-up with their recently released Droid DNA, which is exclusively on Verizon in the US. Other notable attempts at the Phablet market are the LG Optimus Vu, and the ill-fated LG Intuition. It’s definitely a tough market to succeed in and Samsung has held the lead so far, but it seems 2013 will bring a few more manufacturers to the table and that should mix things up a bit.
It isn’t surprising to see more manufacturers attempt to enter the phablet market, after seeing the success of the Samsung Galaxy Note & Note II, but one must wonder is a 6.1-inch screen pushing the limits for the screen of a phone? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.
Here’s a video of the unofficial event:
Source: Sina Weibo