Huawei’s Senior Vice President Yu Chengdong has confirmed that his company is working on a big screen smartphone / tablet hybrid (phablet). “Giant screen”, in fact, seem to be the words he used.
We heard about the Huawei Ascend Mate being in development back in October. The device supposedly will come with a humongous 6.1-inch 1080p Full HD touchscreen, dwarfing competitors such as the Samsung Galaxy Note II and the HTC Droid DNA.
The Huawei exec didn’t confirm the phablet’s name, nor any of its specs. He did however give us a rough time frame for when to expect the Mate in stores: sometime in early 2013. We’re guessing Huawei doesn’t want to miss China’s biggest holiday shopping season, which occurs just before the Chinese New Year celebrations (in 2013 on February 10), so it will do its best to launch the Ascend Mate before that.
While not discussing specs, Yu Chengdong did discuss the competition. He seems to think the Galaxy Note II is grossly overpriced, and urges people not to buy one. Instead, wait for Huawei’s competitor, which will allegedly perform better and will be cheaper.
Previously rumored specs for the Huawei Ascend Mate (except the already mentioned display) include a 1.8 GHz quad-core processor, 2 GB of RAM, and a 4,000 mAh battery. The device will run some yet unknown version of Android.
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