I don't normally cover smartphones on this blog, but today I read about one which I can't ignore. The Chinese gadget maker Huawei has just released a few photos showing a massive smartphone with a 6+ inch screen.
They're calling it the Ascend Mate, and while the specs are still up in the air, it will run Android on a quad-core 1.8GHz K3V3 chip. Screen resolution is reportedly a whopping 361 ppi. Retail is currently expected to be around 3,000 yuan, or about $481.
Huawei is a confirmed exhibitor at CES, which is now only a couple weeks away. They're expected to show off the Ascend Mate, and I plan to check out this phone and perform a drop test. I think this could be the first smartphone which is big and heavy enough that it could break a bone in someone's foot.
In other news, govt spokesman have confirmed an unexplained epidemic of thigh bones being thrown in to the air. No explanation as been given, but I cannot help but wonder whether it is related to this new phablet.
I'm not sorry for the flippancy and jokes; I can't help but look at this phone and wonder what they were thinking. I know that the Samsung Galaxy Notes (with the 5.3" and 5.5" screens) is a moderately popular premium Android smartphone, but doesn't there have to be an upper limit to these things?
I would argue that this new Huawei phone crosses the line from phone to tablet. It's no longer a hybrid; it's a 6" tablet which makes calls. And it is clearly a portend of what comes next. I would not be surprised to learn next Spring, when Apple reveals the new iPad (assuming it's not done in the Fall), that they added phone functions to the iPad Mini and rename it the iPhone Maxi.
What, do you think that is so ridiculous that it is impossible? Perhaps it is. But I would have said the same about a 6" Android smartphone, and look where we are now.