Huawei announces gigantic 'phone': the Ascend Mate
7th Jan 2013 | 22:40
D1 Quad successor pops up too
Huawei has popped out another new Android phone...but this one borders on the ridiculous.
The Ascend Mate is a 'phone' in the loosest sense of the word, given it packs a 6.1-inch HD screen, which takes up a good 73 per cent of the front of the phone to give a more edge-to-edge display.
It comes with a stonking 4050mAh battery to fire all those pixels, and apes Nokia with Magic Touch, allowing you to use the phone through gloves. And continuing with a very familiar set of features: there are pop up windows that float over your current app, so calculations and notes are possible in a similar manner to the Samsung Galaxy Note 2.
Power control is handled by something cleverly named 'Quick Power Control', which Huawei claims can cut 10 per cent of power through smart connection management.
Who needs a camera?
Running Android 4.1 on top of Huawei's Hi-Silicon 1.5 GHz quad-core processor, the phone is packing some serious heat to allow you to swoosh and swipe to your heart's content.
We would say it's odd that it only has an 8MP camera, but in reality given it's more of a tablet than a phone, we can't see this replacing a compact camera for many.
The battery will apparently happily last two days on a single charge thanks to some clever power management that keeps your signal going only when necessary, while increasing your signal strength by up to 30%.
There's no Ascend Mate price as yet, but we do have a release date: the Ascend Mate will land globally in March.