Hands-on with Huawei’s enormous 6.1 inch smartphone (video)

The Huawei Ascend Mate is a smartphone with a display of tablet-sized proportions. The 6.1 inch, 1280 x 720 display is closer in size to a 7 inch tablet than a 4 inch smartphone.

Still, the Mate is surprisingly easy to hold in one hand. It weighs less than 7 ounces and fit comfortably in my palm when I picked it up from the table. I could imagine this device making a great media player or eBook reader since it’s something you can easily hold for a long period.

Actually using the phone, on the other hand… requires the other hand.

Huawei Ascend Mate

There’s simply no way to reach across the entire screen with your thumb to pull down the notification tray or perform other swipe animations. There are software solutions that are designed to make some of those actions simpler on big-screen devices, but this is pretty much a phone that’s going to work best when you can use it with two hands rather than one.

Spec-wise, the phone features a 1.5 GHz Hi-Silicon quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of storage. It has an 8MP rear camera and a 1MP front-facing camera, and runs Android 4.1 with a special Huawei skin.

The phone also has a 4050mAh battery which should provide some heavy duty run-time despite the ginormous display — but clearly the CES show floor wasn’t the best place for me to perform a long-term battery life test.

After playing with the phone for a few minutes I’m starting to think there could be a market for 6 inch tablets. I’m not convinced there’s much need for 6 inch phones, though.

  • http://opinadorcompulsivo.blogspot.com Miquel Mayol i Tur

    It depends of what is the size of your hand. Over 1.80m – 6 feet – people use to have bigger hands.

    I am a 186 cm – 6.10 feet – person and my hand is 22 cm – 8.66 inches – long not being too long for my size.

    Of course is not a “phablet” for small people as S, M or L sizes are not for me, but from a small basketball player size in advance it is an insteresting option.

  • http://opinadorcompulsivo.blogspot.com Miquel Mayol i Tur

    Reading your last comment I realized someone must do a suggestion to what is the recommended maximum size for a phone related to your hand size.

    Perhaps 4/5 or 2/3 of the size of your hands.

    it is a good idea for an article or even a marketing survey / test.

  • mikeu

    I have a note 2 and this 6″phablet appeals to me as an even better tablet in a pocket, and occasional phone. I get very few phone calls anymore, mainly email and and txt. I love my note 2 but it could be a little bigger and still got in my pocket

    • http://rct.me.ht/ crashsuit

      +1

  • http://twitter.com/mikecane Mike Cane

    >>>I’m starting to think there could be a market for 6 inch tablets

    They’d have to be 4:3 ratio to appeal to eBook readers, however. 1024 x 768 at 6″ is 213.33 ppi. That’s better than 1024 x 768 at the iPad Mini 7.9″, which is just 162.03ppi. Too bad B&N didn’t get that idea and instead stuck with 7″ and then went larger to 9″.