Huawei teases tricked-out Mate phablet

Posted by Shane McGlaun

Over the last several months, we've seen several notable entries into the phablet market. Essentially, a phablet can best be described as a device that's larger than your typical smartphone, yet smaller than the average tablet. These devices - which boast a larger screen - are capable of making voice calls, neatly skirting the gap between the smartphone and tablet spaces.

Rumors have been circulating that Chinese manufacturer Huawei would be unveiling a new phablet at CES 2013 called the Mate. The device was recently confirmed at an official demo, when Huawei executive Richard Yu pulled the 6.1-inch Android-powered phablet out of his pocket at a store in Guangzhou, China.

While Yu showcased the device, it remains unclear exactly what specifications the large smartphone will offer, although we do know the  6.1-inch full HD resolution screen has a pixel density of 361 ppi.

In addition, the latest reports indicate the phablet will sport a 1.8 GHz HiSilicon K3V3 quad-core processor, along with a 4000 mAh battery. The Mate is also tipped to be 9.9 mm thick and carry a price tag that works out to about $480 here in the US. 

One of the biggest drawbacks of any smartphone in the phablet arena? They are so gigantic and bulky that it can be next to impossible to carry one in your front pocket like you would a normal smartphone.

The upside? The giant screen certainly makes it easier for gaming or enjoying your favorite media.