G'Day Mate: Huawei brings its 6.1 inch Huawei Ascend Mate to the Outback

G'Day Mate: Huawei brings its 6.1 inch Huawei Ascend Mate to the Outback
Just this week, we told you how Chinese handset manufacturer Huawei said that it wants to be a top tier producer of phones and no longer wants to be associated with cheap models. With that in mind, the firm's highest-end model, the Huawei Ascend Mate, is taking all 6.1 inches of its screen and is heading to Australia for an April 20th launch. The phone will be priced at $429 AUD ($444 USD) which certainly doesn't sound cheap at all. Besides the spectacular size of the screen, Huawei is proving that it is no HTC by providing a massive 4050mAh battery with the phone. That is the largest capacity battery on a smartphone.

While the Huawei Ascend Mate tops the list of large-screened Android models, it is a niche currently dominated by the Samsung GALAXY Note II and its 5.5 inch display. With talk around the water cooler suggesting that the next iteration of the phablet will come in at 5.9 inches, the Ascend Mate just might get to keep its crown for a little longer. One area where Huawei's giant falls short is with its 720p resolution. Early rumors had the device using a 1080p display, but battery concerns forced the change. The Ascend Mate sports a pixel density of 241ppi which is one area where it is "dwarfed" by other phones. The industry leader is the HTC One with its 468ppi. We'd imagine that the next version of the Huawei Ascend Mate will feature FHD resolution and LTE connectivity. 

Of course, it helps to be using your own parts when producing a phone like this one. Huawei's own quad-core K3V2 processor allows the company to optimize the phone to run as smoothly and as quickly as possible. A setting on the UI allows everything important on the screen to be reachable by a thumb. We've sure come a long way from 2007 when the 3.5 inch screen on the Apple iPhone was considered generous, and the 4.3 inch glass on the HTC HD2 was a certified mind-blower.

source: TheRegister

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Ascend Mate
  • Display 6.1" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1 megapixel front
  • Processor Hi-Silicon K3V2 + Intel XMM6260, Quad-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB
  • Battery 4050 mAh



1. WinC76 unregistered

In Australia, a less than $500 phone is considered quite cheap. Nexus 4 if you buy it in stores cost more than that (close to $500).

2. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

With the huge battery capacity of 4050mAh, i wonder why they're worried about pumping the resolution to 1080p. Doesn't make sense unless the processor is power hungry.

3. Bozzor

Posts: 248; Member since: May 02, 2012

I'm going to go out on a limb and state that from 2013 until about early 2015, we're going to experience really the last of the phones that struggle to make it through a day of heavy usage, so this reason not to give a 1080p screen due to battery concerns (despite a 4050 mAh behemoth) is no longer going to apply. I'm optimistic for 2 reasons: firstly, we are now heading into CPU designs that at

5. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Hey, are you ok? Did you pass out before you finished?

4. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Geez......they're damn slow! Launching it on April 20th in Australia? I'm disappointed of the "slowness"! Hurry, Huawei, FASTER!

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