Oh man, here we go. Phablets are no longer no longer constrained to limits of being under half a foot. Huawei’s new Ascend Mate is an unprecedented 6.1-inches. It’s been around before, but now it’s official. Cower in fear beneath its all-encompassing shadow.
Aside from its ludicrous 6.1-inch, 361 ppi screen, the Ascend Mate has a 4,000mAh battery and a 1.8GHz HiSilicon K3V3 quad-core chip, both of which it’ll need to handle that wild screen that makes up 73 per cent of the whole device. It’ll be available in China starting late this month, but roll-out to other markets, like the UK, have yet to be announced. So far, markets seem to be agreeing that bigger is better, and if there’s a limit, the Ascend Mate could be the one to find it.
It’s impossible to understate how honkin’ huge this thing is, as far as phones are concerned. It’s pretty easily held in a moderately-size male hand, but its size just makes things look kind of weird. It’s definitely a two-handed device; you can’t hope to touch more than half the screen if you’re just using the thumb of your holding hand. The “one-hand UI design” helps to make things a little more possible, but there’s still a lot of real-estate you just can’t hit. All in all, it feels nice, solid, but man, it’s just so ludicrously huge to even think of as a phone.