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Is a 6.1-inch Windows Phone 8 handset by Huawei to be announced at MWC?

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Is a 6.1-inch Windows Phone 8 handset by Huawei to be announced at MWC?
Yup, you read the headline correctly. Huawei might be working on another 6.1-inch beast of a smartphone quite similar to the recently-unveiled Ascend Mate. And by "similar" we mean that this yet-to-be-announced model will have the same unwieldy form factor. However, Windows Phone 8 is what will run on it, if rumors are to be believed.

While speaking with a Huawei representative at the CES floor, CNET was told that the Chinese company was developing a couple of "innovative" Windows Phone 8 smartphones, and that one of them was a handset similar to the Huawei Ascend Mate. Allegedly, the device will be on display at MWC next month, but further details about it were not disclosed during the conversation.

What's the other smartphone that we should be expecting, you ask? Well, it is just the Huawei Ascend W1, images and specs of which have leaked more than a few times already. It is just an entry-level Windows Phone 8 smartphone offering a 4-inch WVGA display, 1.2GHz dual-core processor and a 5-megapixel camera. The Ascend W1 is expected to cost about $240 at launch, which will make it one of the most affordable Windows Phone 8 devices on the market.

But naturally, that rumored, 6.1-inch Windows Phone 8 handset is what we're more excited about. Sure, the idea of having a smartphone so big sounds crazy, but the 5.3-inch Samsung Galaxy Note seemed nuts as well back in the days. Now, it is one of Samsung's best-selling smartphones and millions of people around the world own one. So who knows, perhaps Huawei will try to beat the other companies to it and will launch a jumbo-sized Windows Phone 8 handset this year. Whether its attempt will be successful, however, is a whole different story.

source: CNET

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posted on 07 Jan 2013, 20:02 1

1. Birds (Posts: 1171; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)

Possibly, but I'm waiting to see of Microsoft will come to fruition with my hypothesis....

posted on 07 Jan 2013, 21:38

4. MC1123 (Posts: 1256; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)

surface phone?

posted on 07 Jan 2013, 22:10 1

6. Birds (Posts: 1171; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)

Not quite, just a slight boost in the resolution WP8 supports...from 768 x 1280 to 768 x 1366.....it will allow phones to have up to 5 inch screens while retaining the 300 PPI+. But it's just me. For me though, 5 inches is as big as I'll go. I seriously had my doubts about the HTC Droid DNA till I used it....and it was a pleasant surprise....And as a WP8 fan I think that a HTC super phone with a 5 inch screen, having the resolution of 768 x 1366, at a ppi of 313 would just be awesome.....But they'd IMHO have to put the best camera on their cell phone's to date.....JS....

posted on 07 Jan 2013, 22:17

7. MC1123 (Posts: 1256; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)

yeah..hate those limits... android now has 1080p HD screen...even though 720p is still kinda HD but it will be outdated!! microsoft should support HD screen...and lessen the restriction on manufacturers! allow them to choose varity of screen size just like android!

posted on 07 Jan 2013, 22:45

8. freebee269 (Posts: 539; Member since: 10 Aug 2012)

WP8 does support it, microsoft just has to "turn the switch on" in the code.

posted on 07 Jan 2013, 22:50

9. Birds (Posts: 1171; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)

Windows Phone 8 is a great operating system, but it's biggest problem is definitely the restrictions OEMs have one it. If it is going to be like this then why doesn't Microsoft release Windows Phone 8 under uni-branded monikers such as "surface phone"? It is a dumb marketing strategy at this point. Microsoft should allow for at least 8 core support (Can anyone say extremely future proof, even if WP8 doesn't need it), displays up to 1080p, better landscape support, more apps, and most importantly, OEM breakaway differentiation....

At this point, WP8 won't gain the traction android will, and it hurts to say. To be honest, the people I surveyed for my SS fair project said that either WP8 is aesthetically unpleasing or just doesn't have that pop that android or IOs has.

Although, those are opinions of random people, they are opinions Microsoft needs to take seriously, and needs to think outside the box with....The best way to do so is just to lessen the reins on OEMs when it comes to WP8....IMHO

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 08:33

13. freebee269 (Posts: 539; Member since: 10 Aug 2012)

this took me a whole 1min to look up. would have been nice if you did this also before giving false info.


posted on 07 Jan 2013, 20:29 6

2. tumchaaditya (Posts: 71; Member since: 21 May 2012)

People have gone crazy about the screen size...

posted on 07 Jan 2013, 21:18 3

3. rsiders (Posts: 1105; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)

They're really overdoing the big screen thing.

posted on 07 Jan 2013, 21:39 1

5. Ruckus (Posts: 286; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)

Ha.. Anyone remember when every company was rushing to make their phones smaller and smaller?? We did a 180 in just a few years!!

posted on 07 Jan 2013, 23:14

10. Phaze0085 (Posts: 116; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)

I would totally want such a phone if it ever came to light.

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 05:35

11. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

sorry..but a phone's screen above 5 inches is an unpractical gimmick...try to handle it with one hand

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 08:04

12. jove39 (Posts: 1979; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)

At 6.1 inches, It doesn't need WP8...instead W8RT is better option.

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 09:10

14. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1584; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)

Folks when smart phones get above 5 inches you use a blue headset to send and receive
Phone calls on them and you wear a blazer jacket or big pocket vest or a phone case that attaches to your belt. you have dress right to use them.

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