The age of the 6-inch handset has arrived and Huawei is excited. The manufacturer was set to first reveal its newest handset at CES, but Huawei CEO Richard Yu jumped the gun showing off the device in a Huawei retailer in Guangzhou on Saturday. According to rumors, the 6.1-inch Ascend Mate will offer a 1.8GHz HiSilicon K3V3 quad-core processor, a large 4,000mAh battery, and a slim frame with a 9.9-mm thickness. The device is also expected to be shipped for around $480 U.S. (or 3,000 Yen).
CEO Richard Yu mentioned writing on Sina Weibo that the final specs may differ slightly, but he did reveal that the 361ppi display will be comprised of LTPS (low temperature polysilicon).
As only the second 6-inch tabletphone to be announced, the Ascend Mate will be in direct competition with the 6.3-inch Samsung Galaxy Note III. With little known about each device (besides their respective sizes), it is hard to tell which device will come out on top.
The Ascend Mate is set to reveal during CES in January, while the Samsung Galaxy Note III may make an appearance at CES or at Mobile World Congress in February along with Samsung’s flagship device the Galaxy S IV.