With Samsung’s Galaxy Note II doing so well, and other OEMs slowly moving on up to five-inch displays, it’s clear that big phones really do have a place in the market. Back in October, we learned that Huawei might be planning to really push those limits, and could be working on a 6.1-inch giant called the Ascend Mate. While we heard that the info was sourced from Huawei’s Chinese website itself, at the time we were unable to confirm it as anything more than a rumor. Now the Ascend Mate is starting to seem a bit more real, upon a company exec apparently discussing the smartphone on a popular microblogging site.
Huawei Senior VP Yu Chengdong didn’t mention the Ascend Mate by name, but he does write about an upcoming Huawei model that will be the company’s attempt at improving upon what Samsung managed with the Note II. According to him, the company plans to have this device ready for release in early 2013.
Now, there’s a chance that may not be the Ascend Mate he was discussing, but lacking word of any other phablet-sized Huawei models, the simplest explanation would be that he’s referencing the Ascend Mate.
The six-inch class is essentially a no-man’s-land at this point, so we’re quite curious to see how phones like the Ascend Mate attempt to bridge the gap between big phones and small tablets.