In case you guys haven’t seen the news, Huawei is taking on the bigger than usual phablet market like the Galaxy Note II, and Samsung’s rumored Galaxy Note III. Their new 6.1-inch Ascend Mate smartphone was shown off at CES, and now we have some official pricing details. Huawei will be offering this handset at $575 contract-free and unlocked.
Samsung’s new 6.3-inch Note III has yet to be announced or leaked, so for now the Ascend Mate is the only device that pushes the 6-inch barrier and is still considered a phone. Huawei’s Ascend D2 was revealed at the same time, but is already available, and now it’s the Mate’s turn. A few shops in China have it up for pre-order and the price isn’t too bad either.
In China the new device is being sold for €422, or roughly $575 USD. To recap what that will get you, the Ascend Mate comes with a 6.1-inch 1280 x 720p IPS+ HD Display, and a powerful quad-core processor. Other specs include 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, a large 4,050 mAh battery keeps it running all day too.
To round it off we have an 8 megapixel camera on the rear and 2 megapixel up front, and the smartphone runs with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean to keep things smooth and stable. For more details see our Ascend Mate hands-on from CES. In the end, the Ascend Mate will probably never make it stateside but for those who want to import this beast it can be yours for just $575.[via Unwired View]