How Big is Too Big? Huawei Working on a 6.1-Inch Phone

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    Okay, so we were very skeptical of larger phones when they first started appearing. Obviously, it turns out that a ton of folks out there in Android-land (millions in fact) really like the phablet style devices. We have to admit after playing with the Galaxy Note II and the HTC Droid DNA, we finally understand the allure. In fact, amongst your staff here in the forums, there are several converts that are jumping on the phablet bandwagon. However, having admitted all of that, we must share that this latest news has us completely flabbergasted. Supposedly, Huawei is working on a truly “giant” device. They used the word giant to describe it, but we would call it gigantic. Supposedly this new device will be huge to the tune of 6.1-Inches for the display!

    The device will be called the Ascend Mate, and it seems like a fitting name, because you might just be able to "ascend" to heaven by standing on top of this monstrosity. The rest of the specs seem to be in-line with the other phablet devices spreading across the land. Here's what was revealed:
    • 6.1-inch 1080p Full HD display
    • 1.8GHz quad-core processor
    • 2GB of RAM
    • 4,000 mAh battery
    • Android Jelly Bean
    As you can see, the display isn't the only thing that will be huge about this phablet. The battery is enormous as well. While this is something we always like to see, we can't help but scratch our heads as to who thinks there will be a market for a device like this. Basically, it's just a slightly shrunken Android tablet that can be used to make calls. Can you imagine walking down the street with this up to your ear? It seems reminiscent of the 1980's when break-dancers would carry extra large "boom-boxes" on their shoulders.

    I thought miniaturization was the trending thing to do with technology... So, how big is too big?

    Source: AndroidAuthority
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    It better be all screen. No bezels or nothing.

    Good lord that's a huge screen on a phone.

    Sent from my DROID RAZR HD
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    I think they'll keep inching their way up in size until people quit showing interest.
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    a 6.1 all screen phone wouldn't be huge, that would be the perfect size. if it has any bezel... then WTF
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    It is good to see the battery size going up with the screen size...
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    Can I get some Key Lime Pie?
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    The note 2 is perfection. It is as big as I want because I can still easily use it a one handed.:)

    sent from my vzw galaxy note 2
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    I can see it now...

    Dude sits down on train.
    Pulls out 6.1" phone and enables WiFi tether.
    Puts phone away.
    Pulls out 7" tablet and starts surfing the internet.
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    buahahahah, this would totaly happen lmao that's awesome haha
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    When I got my n2 all needs/desires for a tablet disappeared. If the nexus 7 had a cell antenna I would gladly use one of those as a phone

    sent from my vzw galaxy note 2
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    THIS ^ got me TOTALLY laughing out loud! Thanks for the laugh! :rofl3:
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    I could see this being similar to note 2 sizing, with just a tad more height.

    Sent from my SCH-I605 using Tapatalk 2
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    With the right aspect ratio, very small bezel and using JB onscreen buttons this could be very close in size to the N2. However if they don't do all that then it'll be huge.
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    LOL...how quickly we forget.

    It really wasn't that long ago that cell phones DWARFED 6.1 inches, and that was not on the diagonal.

    No one even considered using one of these one-handed.

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    ...And it was a major breakthrough because it didn't have a battery pack you had to sling across your shoulder like a messenger bag and was attached by a coiled cable.
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    THAT ^^ is one of my former avatars...Dr. Martin Cooper, inventor of the Portable Cellular Phone with his working prototype Motorola 8000A, the very phone that he used to make a call to the Joel Engel of Bell Labs, Research Chief while standing in the street at the time. He's one of my all-time heros!!

    From Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Cooper_(inventor));

    The original
    Motorola DynaTAC handset weighed 1 kilogram (2.2 lb) and had 35 minutes of talk time. Cooper has said "The battery lifetime was 20 minutes, but that wasn't really a big problem because you couldn't hold that phone up for that long."


    And we complain about batteries that won't last a full day's surfing on the web!! Sheez!
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    i actually like the idea of it .. it takes away the need for a tablet. *justin prepares for bashing* i would like to see it in windows 8 format.. *runs and hides*
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    But weren't all the "experts" wrong about the original Galaxy Note? Didn't they say that 5.3 inches was too big? And weren't they wrong about the stylus?
    I, personally, use my SGS3 as a tablet device way more than I use it for calls. The ideal device for me would be a tablet that I can use to make occasional calls using bluetooth. But until then, I've asked "Santa" for a Galaxy Note 2 for Christmas. Woo hoo!
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