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Every time I pick up my Nexus 7, I think to myself "you know, if this were 0.9 inches smaller, I'd definitely use it as a phone." Because there's no possible way I'd look even remotely silly holding something that large up to my head, right?

OK, that may be true about me personally, but it seems someone at Huawei had a similar train of thought, as the company is set to unveil a monstrous 6.1" 1080p phone known as the Ascend Mate at CES. Turns out Huawei CEO Richard Yu was just too damn excited to wait, as he pulled this upcoming behemoth out in front of everyone at a Huawei store on Saturday.

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The Mate is rumored to have a 1.8GHz quad-core HiSilicon K3V3 processor and 4,000mAh battery, though other details are scant at the time. Judging from the images, it's pretty clear that it's running Android 4.0 or later, but even that can't be said for sure.

Guess we'll fine out in two weeks' time.

[via Engadget]

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, and musician. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6- or 7-string, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • chris125

    No thanks. The note 2 is about as big as I would consider going even that is pushing it

  • http://twitter.com/xabbott Matthew D.

    I'm just gotta beat everyone to the punch and start holding a Nexus 10 to my face.

    • http://www.facebook.com/darrien.glasser Darrien Glasser

      I think this explains it all.

    • ssj4Gogeta

      Too slow. I'm already using my 21.5-inch 1080p display with my phone strapped to the back of it connected through HDMI.

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/ron-amadeo/ Ron Amadeo

        Psssh amateur. I've been making calls on my 60 inch television.

        • ssj4Gogeta

          You humans continue to amuse me. The display is just a headset.

          You see the attached image taken by one of your telescopes? It shows a fraction of my home screen icons. Back on my home planet we use Gravitational Lensing projectors that effectively give us millions of light-years large displays.

  • Swapnil Chitnis

    If this was an iPhone then 6.1 inches would've been the "perfect" size

    • http://twitter.com/xabbott Matthew D.

      Yea, if something like this sells Apple's next event: "You loved the iPad Mini. Now we bring you The iPad Miniphone. The phone with the largest screen available!" Everyone gets out of their seats and gives Tim Cook a 10 minute standing ovation.

      • Swapnil Chitnis

        And then Phil Schiller will talk about the 6th or 7th row of icons for about 15 minutes.

      • abc

        The iPad MicroPhone.

      • http://thedangerbrain.com/ Alfonso Surroca

        They should have just renamed the iPod touch the iPad nano and called it a day.

    • MrMLK

      You make me sad.

  • heat361

    At least it uses software keys but 6.1 inch damn!!

  • ScottyByrd

    I think im going to skip about 5 years to the future and just carry around my 40in TV so I can talk on it surf the web and watch TV at the same time. Now if it was say a Samsung 10 inch device with fold-able OLE tech and ran as a 5in phone closed and a 10in tablet open Id be all for it lol.

    • http://thedangerbrain.com/ Alfonso Surroca

      Close, but you could do better. How about carting a 100" TV in a wheelbarrow?

      • John O’Connor

        it wasn't to long ago people carried mammoth "boomboxes" on their shoulders. So I think it's safe to say that we have not reached an upper limit and I have used my note 10.1 to make and receive voip calls. (not as a primary device, that is what my note 2 and s3 are for, but i always get strange looks when people realize that my tablet is ringing)

    • ssj4Gogeta

      Google Glass would solve all these problems. You could have a virtual 40" TV which would disappear when you didn't need it.

      • http://www.facebook.com/lucyparanormal Daniel Tiberius

        Yes plz!

  • James_C_L

    Hory Crap , thats huge

    • http://www.facebook.com/iron.shermman Iron Sherm-Man

      Thats what she said

  • mesmorino

    Huawei is basically saying "fuck you Samsung ya buncha pussies, THIS is how we roll. Go big or fuck you, we out bitches! Far East Coast keeps it really real!"

    • yarrellray

      Gotta say your making me laugh pretty hard over here huawei is pretty soft in the android world. Samsung has NOTHING TO WORRY ABOUT AT ALL. It's great to see everyone following Samsung's lead this only makes things better for us the consumer. But folk already know especially us current Galaxy Note 2 owners who the KING of this space really is and it ain't Huawei that's for sure. The Galaxy Note 3 will BLOW THIS OUT OF THE WATER and on day one the Galaxy Note 3 will be mines.

    • http://www.facebook.com/ajac09 Anthony Evans Jr

      Not a note killer by any means just more choices and maybe the first 6.1 phone with LTE

    • http://thedangerbrain.com/ Alfonso Surroca

      "Far East Coast"
      That cracked me up, man! :D

  • MrMLK

    Well, my first reaction was to say it's ridiculous and far to big, but then I remembered I said the same thing last year about the first Galaxy Note.

    Now that I am using (and loving) a Galaxy Note 2, I guess I would want to know how much bigger it actually is before I came to any conclusions.

    • John O’Connor

      after using the note 2, all other phones pale in comparison and seem small and unintuitive

  • yarrellray

    Like this really means anything. I applaud Huawei if they get this out to market. They still have NOTHING ON SAMSUNG. The Galaxy Note 3 will BLOW THIS AWAY. Matter of fact the Galaxy Note 2 still blows this out of the water. These guys are ROOKIES in this space.

  • aplusjimages

    I could see a small market of people liking this size. But the NBA is hardly a large enough demo to cater to solely.

  • Темури Поцхорая

    i hope that samsung not going to take it personally, or else next galaxy note really can ship with 6.3" display :

    • http://twitter.com/briansim Brian Sim

      I've seen a decent number of people in Korea using the tab 7 as a phone. Looks super silly but it seems to work for them. So I guess 7" is the upper range?

  • Vito Cassisi

    Meanwhile, at Huawei headquarters...

    Guys.

    Guys listen.

    I have the best ide

    guys listen

    I have the best idea ever

    guys

    I'll put 6.1" LCD

    guys

    6.1" LCD

    guys listen here

    I'll put 6.1" LCD on a PHONE!

  • http://twitter.com/thezymo zymo

    Wish it would have a 6,0" display, this would be the perfect size, but 6,1" is imho way too big. It seems like I have to skip this one s/

  • Alexander Procter

    And nobody really cares because Huawei.

    • http://www.facebook.com/iron.shermman Iron Sherm-Man

      Thank you

  • Sergii Pylypenko

    What's so bad about experimenting with all possible sizes? The rules of mobile market are not set in stone, and I'm sure that phone will find it's fans.
    On the other hand, everything below 4 inches is so out of fashion this year (unless it's a hand watch).

  • PCSievers

    Wait, people still hold their phones to their head and call other people who are also holding phones to their head? What is this, 2009?

    • GraveUypo

      if feel sorry for you if you're one of those hipsters that walk around everyone with an earphone on all the time, or even worse, if you're one of those "look-at-me"s that use the loudspeakers for calling.

  • GazaIan

    Sorry Huawei, but this is too, damn, big.

  • Cody

    Lol its funny we go from huge cell phones when they came out to tiny ones and now going back to huge cause of screen size lol

  • Darreon

    Get a nice little workout in there carrying this around with one hand...

  • Darreon

    Things are getting way out of hand.(literally)

  • nukeblitz

    Interestingly, it's possible to put a screen this big on a phone that's as narrow as the original galaxy note - and narrower than the optimus Vu. Not that it looks like huawei is doing that from the pictures.

    The original galaxy note had a width of 83mm.

    A 6.1 inch 1080p 16:9 screen has a width of 76mm (2.991").

    The narrowest side bezel I've seen belongs to the Meizu MX at 6.9mm.

    Adding those two gives a width of 82.9mm - quite acceptable.

    The issue becomes height. The smallest top and bottom bezel belongs to the samsung galaxy S2 HD LTE at about 26mm, I believe.

    A 6.1 inch screen has a height of about 135mm. Adding the bezel gives you the a height of 161mm which is about a centimeter taller than the note 2...

    I'd like to see where this big screen trend goes...

  • QwietStorm

    I really hate this trend.

  • faggit

    fucking retaRDED

  • nukeblitz

    Alright, I'm calling it.

    So, here's an idea for a device which makes something like this viable - since a big phone like this will still fit into pant pocket or into a woman's purse.

    Basically, what I'm calling is a pen with a clip on it. The clip clips around the user's ear.

    The pen has a speaker, a microphone, battery, a one or more buttons, a wireless interface (bluetooth or wifi direct for example), a contact point which charges the pen's battery when the pen is inserted into the mobile device. Using the pen as a capacitive stylus/s-pen is optional.

    When the user recieves a call, and the user removes the pen, the phone transfers both audio input and output to the pen via wireless interface. The user can clip the pen to their ear like a bluetooth headset and continue the call - any call with an audio component, whether it's a regular or video call, and over either cellular or internet.
    The button(s) can be used to make/end all, on/off button, s-pen functions etc.

    • CA719

      Like a smartphone version of the LG Decoy?

    • PCSievers

      Didnt the first Padphone by ASUS have a pen that could work as an earpiece the same way as you describe?

    • zachary Linde

      I love that idea

  • Wade

    FWIW, I never hold a phone. Unlike the author, when I got my Nexus 7 I thought this would be perfect if it were a phone!

  • Paul

    This madness has to stop, really.
    I wonder when some company will come up with a phone like the Xperia ray again, with up-to-date specs of course.
    And please, don't bash it's 3.3" display. There are actually people that like phones that still fit into a small pocket...
    Personally, for me the maximum size was reached with 3.7"

    • Freak4Dell

      I cannot upvote this enough.

    • http://profiles.google.com/iandavidosmond Ian Osmond

      Hence, different kinds of phones for different people who have different needs and like different things.

  • Wdark0

    If this was from Samsung EVERYONE will be cheering the best screen EVER MADE. I dont know you but the Note III WILL HAVE a screen of this size.

  • http://www.facebook.com/yanwar.4all Ahmad Yanwar

    Choose Now!