Huawei bets big on the big-screen 6.1 inch Ascend Mate smartphone

As expected, Huawei is bringing a new smartphone to market that’s designed to make the Samsung Galaxy Note look dinky. The Huawei Ascend Mate features a 6.1 inch, 1280 x 720 pixel display.

One of the benefits of a huge smartphone display is that it also leaves room for a massive battery — the Ascend Mate has a 4050mAh battery, something you’d usually find in a tablet, not a phone.

Huawei Ascend Mate

Under the hood, the phone is powered by a 1.5 GHz Hi-Silicon quad-core processor, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean software, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of storage.

The phone has an 8MP camera on the back and a front-facing 1MP camera, and the whole thing measures 6.5″ x 3.4″ x 0.4″ and weighs 7 ounces.

The Ascend Mate should be available in China in February.

Just like Samsung sells the Galaxy Note II, but markets the Galaxy S III as its flagship device, Huawei isn’t pushing the Ascend Mate as its primary smartphone. The company’s latest flagship phone is the Ascend D2, with a 5 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel display, the same quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, and 32GB of storage.

  • Joe Cole

    I want to see these specs on a 7 inch tablet!!!

    • nards barley

      Except for the rear camera, doesn’t the nexus 7 have similar specs?

  • William

    No thanks to cheap Chinese junk from a company with ties to the Chimese military and terrorist associations.

  • Greg Mosier, CPhT

    Yeah, I like the size, but other than that, I wouldn’t risk it. For one, a 1 MP rear facing camera is insane. We use our phones for cameras now. 8 MP or forget it. Also, personally, never have liked a cellphone, even though I’ve sold them for 20 years, till I got my Galaxy SII. I’m likely more happy with the Android OS than the hardware, but still, in 20 years I’m finally happy.