Huawei shoots for gold with 6.1" Ascend Mate - "the largest screen smartphone" gets the largest 4050 mAh battery

Huawei shoots for gold with 6.1" Ascend Mate - "the largest screen smartphone" gets the largest 4050 mAh battery
Huawei's conspicuous 6.1" smartphone we saw leaked a few months ago just materialized as the "largest screen smartphone" Ascend Mate, and, really, at this size, who can argue with that claim. For comparison, the looming Galaxy Note II has a 5.5" display.

The game is to replace your phone, tablet, laptop, camera and so on, with one converging device, but we'll leave to Mr Market to decide whether this can be done via a 6.1" smartphone successfully enough, be it one with "a screen-to-body ratio of 73% – the highest in the industry."

Apparently Huawei couldn't ring the manufacturer which produces Full HD displays at that size, and made do with 1280 x 720 pixels HD resolution for the IPS screen. The screen also sports the "Magic Touch" tech, allowing you to use it with gloves on. 

The upside of the "mere" HD resolution is that there aren't as many pixels to push for the GPU, and a homebrew 1.5 GHz quad-core Hi-Silicon K3V2 processor is powering the handset, which should mean no slouch, as the K3V1 in the Ascend D was pretty fast in the first place. You also get an 8 MP rear camera with HDR, 1 MP at the front, pentaband HSPA radio, and dual-antenna design for improved reception.

The phone can be considered compact for the screen, thanks to the on-screen navigation buttons, and the 163.5 mm x 85.7 mm x 9.9 mm (6.5" x 3.4" x 0.4") chassis, but will still feel awkward to hold with one hand at that size, and at 198g of weight. The obligatory one-hand phablet UI is here, too, cramping the keyboard and dialpad left or right so you can reach them with your thumb without being Shaq.

On the plus side, Huawei has equipped it with the largest ever stock battery in a smartphone at 4050 mAh, so that you can keep watching'em movies on the subway for 10 hours, promises the company. With that screen size, it will be a shame if you don't come next month, when the phone will be launching in Huawei's homeland.

Thumb image courtesy of SlashGear

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Ascend Mate
  • Display 6.1 inches
    1280 x 720 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP (Single camera)
    1 MP front
  • Hardware Hi-Silicon K3V2 + Intel XMM6260, 2GB RAM
  • Storage 16GB, microSDHC
  • Battery 4050 mAh
  • OS Android 4.1.2
    Huawei Emotion UI



29. oldmandaddy

Posts: 64; Member since: May 01, 2010

this is going to be Samsung killer in the next three years.

25. GeekMovement unregistered

Their Ascend D2 is definitely way better.

23. steelicon

Posts: 318; Member since: Apr 02, 2011

Not so fast! The LARGEST capacity battery for a phone is... the INNOS D9 / Cloudfone Thrill 430X with 4160mAh.

22. Wiki_jaan

Posts: 704; Member since: Jun 24, 2012

now samsung should do something better s4 n note3

21. Twisted247

Posts: 282; Member since: Oct 12, 2012

For being that damned big they needed the 1080p display along with a really good camera front and back to sell this thing. not to mention having their inhouse processor wont help engage sells.

17. marchels14 unregistered

Nothing can break gn2 it is the best phablet in the market and 6.1 is too big five inches is the best size for a phone.

20. darkkjedii

Posts: 31805; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I think u had better reserve judgement. This thing is a beast and its gorgeous n person.

16. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

JAW DROPPING AT THE BATTERY. But sadden buy the 720P hd resolution when everyone else gets a 1080P Includes the NOTE III later this year

15. dragonscourgex

Posts: 307; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

Too big for me. I'm sure some will like it. Design is lacking in my opinion also.

14. kevjohn

Posts: 8; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

I was seriously considering getting this, ugly bezel and all. The lack of expandable storage is a 100% deal-breaker for me though. Guess I'll have to pony up the $300-400 extra dollars for the GN2 after all.

18. darkkjedii

Posts: 31805; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

It has an sd card slot.

26. kevjohn

Posts: 8; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

According to the spec sheets on this site, it doesn't.

19. darkkjedii

Posts: 31805; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

U should check it out when it comes out in a few months. I saw it, but u couldn't hold it, it was behind glass. Tomorrow is the actual start of CES, it'll be more hands on tomorrow.

13. speckledapple

Posts: 902; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

Loving the battery size but i think the gnote 3 is more of my speed when it comes out. Looks like they arent playing games anymore. Let's hope they can support it as well.

12. jbitounis

Posts: 54; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

This is getting ridiculous, OEMs are totally missing the point. On the plus side, I know what smartphone I'll be buying to my grandmother.

11. joseph98

Posts: 167; Member since: Feb 03, 2012

Is the 6.1 inch screen is accounted for with the touch bottons on the screen since there is no physical botons like the galaxy note II pure 5.5 inch? If yes then we are only using about 5.7 - 5.8 inch only. I will stick with my note II for now. Sorry but I love my S-Pen and don't think I just need a larger phone with less features.

10. techguy22

Posts: 227; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

no thanks. not HTC or sammy dont care. motorola where are you ? :( and 720P on 6.1 ah

7. motty

Posts: 84; Member since: Dec 13, 2012


6. gazmatic

Posts: 822; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

Apparently if it's not Samsung it isn't worth it.... Tsk tsk tsk

5. darkkjedii

Posts: 31805; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Man android users even prejudiced against android, if it isn't Htc Samsung or Motorola.

4. Hammerfest

Posts: 384; Member since: May 12, 2012

I love the huge area of wasted space on the bottom of the device where the buttons SHOULD be, but they decide to go with soft buttons (which can and do freeze up, and change position)... Id be more friendly to soft buttons if they actually extended the screen down into the area where the buttons SHOULD go instead of wasting precious screen space on the damn things... Soft buttons: dumbest idea ever (thanks to poor execution)

8. gboo2565

Posts: 10; Member since: Feb 29, 2012

Spot on Hammerfest

3. raphael007

Posts: 43; Member since: Jun 12, 2012

I really don't see the use of the bigger screen if the details are not crisper. As far as the brand itself I will have to see how it does against samsung. i love my Galaxy note 2, this would have o be very more, much ,more interesting to have me regret buying it just a month ago.

2. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Seeing as 1080p is the standard this year even on screens Huawei are at a loss at the start with a screen this big and 720p. Judgement should definietly be reserved till the device is properly unveiled and reviewed but its an unfortuate negative start,you can be fully sure the Gnote 3 will be 1080p for instance.

9. BadAssAbe

Posts: 509; Member since: Apr 22, 2011

Really? 1080P is overrated. Anyone who says otherwise is a idiot that fell for apple's marketing. Most laptops are 720p and I hear noone complaining about them. 720P is more than enough on anything smaller than 10in's. I rather have 720 with great battery life than 1080 with less battery life

24. Mobilephile

Posts: 175; Member since: Nov 25, 2012

I second...1080P is overrated. what next 1600? 1900? From a normal arm lengths distance, the difference is undetectable by the viewable eye. Everyone is buying into the media hype and marketing


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Normally I would agree with you but when you are pushing up to the 6-7 inch display marker, having a 1080p display would benefit it greatly. I don't personally have a problem with the Note 2's display or resolution but at 6.1 inches and it being 2013, yea they should have put a 1080p display on this and battery life won't be an issue with it having a 4050 mAh battery. I personally would buy a Nexus 7 over this as the display size is getting way too close and the fact that this phone's UI looks bad.

28. BadAssAbe

Posts: 509; Member since: Apr 22, 2011

I read all these post on my Motorola Xoom and not once did i have to zoom in to read the small text. 720P 10.1in Screen 1080 on 10in, okay anything smaller not needed

1. Android4u

Posts: 456; Member since: Aug 16, 2012

Wait for gnote 3

30. Wiki_jaan

Posts: 704; Member since: Jun 24, 2012

me too waiting..... i postponed note2 for n3

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