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 4050 mAh
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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