Looks like they intend to change that image with CES 2013 being just around the corner. We’ve already heard rumors that Huawei intends to launch a 5 inch 1080p quad-core muscled device reportedly called the D2 at CES in January, and it has been confirmed by Richard Wu, Huawei’s CEO.
Yesterday, at a Huawei store in Gangzhou, Richard Wu gave a little teaser of another unique handset that they would be unveiling at the CES event. This new device in focus has a 6.1 inch Full HD 1080p display, and is dubbed the Huawei Ascend Mate. IN addition to that huge HD display, the Ascend Mate also packs in some seriously powerful hardware on the inside, in the form of a 1.8GHz HiSilicon K3V3 quad-core processor and a 4000 mAh battery. With a Full HD screen that large, they’re gonna need all that battery power for sure. Richard Wu has also posted on Sina Weibo, a popular Chinese micro-blogging website akin to a hybrid version of Twitter and Facebook combined, that the final specs may differ slightly.
A 6.1 inch display certainly qualifies as a phablet, a term which originally came into play with the release of the original Samsung Galaxy Note which came in at 5.3 inches. The note incidentally, just upon its release was deemed as too large and unpocketable a device by most people, yours truly included, and we really didn’t expect that it would sell as well as it eventually did. Over recent times, you could well credit the resurrection of the hybrid phablet device to Samsung’s aggressive marketing, and inclusion of a bevy of innovative features in the Galaxy Note released in 2011, and then taking it to a whole new level with its successor – the 5.5″ Galaxy Note 2 which could well qualify as one of the most anticipated devices of 2012.
It would appear that the Galaxy Note has demystified the 5″ display being undesirable myth, and the release of multiple devices which carry a display size of 5 inches or more, sure indicates that. HTC released the HTC J Butterfly earlier this year in Japan, and followed it up with the Verizon Droid DNA stateside and LG has made their attempt in this space with the Optimus VU and the VU2 to follow it up. The Oppo Find 5, another Chinese addition to the phablet domain made its debut in the U.S earlier this month.
Sony and Sharp, and even other Chinese competitors like ZTE have 5 inch Full HD 1080 devices in the works, and the current market leader Samsung is rumored to be prepping a 6.3 inch Galaxy Note 3 already. And with CES 2013 just a couple of weeks away, it would seem that the market is going to be full of 1080p display equipped smartphones by the end of Q1 2013.
That said, I personally feel that 5.5 inches is about the most you could push on a hybrid device, and anything more than that is likely to work only for people who have really huge hands, and I mean really, really huge. But then, that’s what we thought when the Samsung Galaxy Note first came out, didn’t we?