It's huge! Huawei exec shows off 6.1 inch Android smartphone

How big is too big when it comes to smartphones? Samsung seems to have had a lot of success with the Galaxy Note series, including the most recent Galaxy Note II, which has a big 5.5 inch screen. There are even rumors that the Galaxy Note III could have a 6.3 inch display.

Now it looks like Chinese-based Huawei will be trying to get their own huge Android smartphone out to the public well before the next Galaxy Note from Samsung. Indeed, it looks like Huawei doesn't care much for official press announcements. Engadget reports that company executive Richard Yu took to the streets of Guangzhou on Saturday and showed off their upcoming, and still not officially announced, 6.1 inch Ascend Mate to the shoppers at a Huawei store.

You can see the smartphone in action in the video above, as it runs Titanic on the display (we hope that's not a sign that the Ascend Mate will hit a sales iceberg). The display can handle 1080p resolution video and is rumored to have a speedy 1.8GHz quad-core processor inside. It's also supposed to have a powerful 4,000mAh battery to keep that big display running.

We will likely learn more about the Ascend Mate as CES 2013 approaches, but will people really line up to get a smartphone that is so big it might not fit in their pocket? Time will tell.

Source: Engadget

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Funny when you think of it; back in the early '00... when you had a Nokia 3310, they laughed at you because people were calling at a fridge.
And now they're even going to sizes 2x that 3310??
But since it's now a big media hype, it's all fine... silly cows, lol!!

I mostly use a bluetooth or a earphones when on the phone. I hardly ever have it up to the ear. Who cares what they call it. As long as their's a market, who cares. Stop trying to tell other people what they need. They already know what they want.

Buy an iPad mini?

Having sizes that are in-between 5 and 7 inches means you are sacrificing part of the experience of the phone and part of the experience of the tablet, because they should be two seperate devices:

- You can't use it one hand which is always convenient for a phone
- Watching movies isn't as good as on a 7" or 10" tablet that is designed with this in mind (and the same with apps)

You end up with an in-between device which compromises on both the phone and tablet features

I agree that there's a size point where something doesn't become usable in one hand. However, that doesn't mean there has to be an empty valley around it. Some people just don't care about needing to only use one hand.

On watching movies and apps: not this is a meaningless distinction. Of course movies are better on bigger screens. Movies are better on 10" than 7", but that doesn't make 7" 'wrong'.

Apps can be designed for many different screen sizes, there's no line in the sand that says this is a phone version and this is a tablet version. Websites have had to deal with a huge range of resolutions over the years, but it's not like there's some official desktop PC resolution or monitor size guide that says: this is Small, this is Large, and ne'er shall they meet.

Just got a Galaxy s3 and it's pretty much perfect to me, at times it's still awkward to use with one hand compared to my old 4" screen. I think 5" screens are about the limit for the majority of phone users...love the options though...

Panda X said,
Remember when phones kept getting smaller and smaller...?

I know... it used to be about how thick it was...

Now I have to worry about how long it is.

Here in China, well over 90% of Android handsets are still running Android 2.3. People don't want to pay money for expensive smartphones. I suspect the Nokia 500/505/510 line will be very popular. The only reasons Chinese people choose Android are that it's cheap and iPhone doesn't work on China Mobile 3G.

Im starting to think the only thing driving Android sales are how big is your screen.

this is so stupid why do you need anything larger then 3.5" screen ?

why not just walk around with a ipad / droid Tablet next to your ear

sorry but 3,5'' is extremelly small. Between 4,5 and 4,8 is perfect. After a few days of getting used too, I would never go back to a ****ty 3 inch screen

Exactly and i'm only 5'7'' with medium size hands, and 4,8 is perfect. Little big at first but you get used to it. Much better to have that screen size when you're watching tv series or videos ...

I had the S2 before the S3, and it was 4,3 inch. Now I find it too small ... lol

TurboShrimp said,
Im starting to think the only thing driving Android sales are how big is your screen.

this is so stupid why do you need anything larger then 3.5" screen ?

Because Android is all about choice, there are 3" displays too you know...pretty much any size you need there is an Android phone that is suitable.

TruckWEB said,
Who cares, do you really put your phone to your ear? That's why we have bluetooth headset...

LOL people that walk around with them things looking like they are talking to themselves lol no way I would ever be caught dead with one of them things they make you look so silly

McKay said,
I can fit my Nexus 7 in my Jeans pocket....

just curious, but who are you trying to impress?

I could do so as well, but not with ease... and surely not comfortably.

I can put my Kindle Fire (non HD) into my pockets too...but I can't sit with it in the pockets. I can only walk with it though

Flexibility, brought to you by Android.

Besides, the OS hardly dictates the physical size of a device. *Limits* it, perhaps.

If I saw anyone out in public with that slab up against their ear, I'd pull a Nelson from The Simpsons, point my finger at them and go HA HAA!

Stop calling it a phone. We're reaching a point in time where a "phone" is secondary. I think we're moving into an age of mini-computers with the ability to make phone calls.

g0ld1e said,
Stop calling it a phone. We're reaching a point in time where a "phone" is secondary. I think we're moving into an age of mini-computers with the ability to make phone calls.

yeah cause that just rolls off the tongue so well.

This is no longer classified as a smartphone.

Smartphones should be no bigger than the galaxy tab 2, and even that is pushing it.

This is more of a tablet.

auziez said,
This is no longer classified as a smartphone.

Smartphones should be no bigger than the galaxy tab 2, and even that is pushing it.

This is more of a tablet.

I thought the Galaxy Tab 2 was a tablet?

the line is drawn at the point the phone becomes the size of your face lol.

Phones are smaller, portable devices. Tablets on the other hand are a lot less portable, this fits into that category. I'm not even sure that can fit in my pocket!!

There are no guidelines to follow, but generally speaking its size difference that makes a tablet a tablet, and a phone a phone.