‘Tis the season for a plethora (and really, we mean plethora) of announcement from the various companies and corporations of this planet that specialize in consumer electronics. And while there is certainly still various gadgets and other devices, there is also another trend that is just as visible: big phones. This trend towards a larger phone arguably began with the popular Samsung Galaxy Note, and has certainly continued with Samsung’s Galaxy Note II. Samsung is rumored to push the envelope (quite literally, really) even further with an upcoming 6.3″ screen on the Galaxy Note III.
Samsung isn’t alone, though. While the Korean juggernaut is still far and away the most successful producer of Android devices, other companies have taken notice of this successful trend towards a larger phone that increasingly takes the place of a smaller tablet.
First is the Huawei Ascend Mate, with a 6.1″ 720p display. The rest of the phone is fairly typical for a decently-specced device, with a 1.5 GHz quad-core processor, 2 GB of RAM, and an 8 MP camera. The specs are certainly there, and the design of the device itself is relatively nice: plain, unassuming, but nice. However, it is huge – seriously, it’s a big device. If the Galaxy Note II is large, then this device is much bigger. The largest tradeoff is certainly being able to operate the device primarily in a one-handed fashion, though many seem to be okay with that. The second tradeoff is much more shocking: this phone isn’t going to fit into your skinny jeans.
No word on price or availability, though it would be surprising to see this phone surface in the US. However, for those who may live where the device is available, it could be an interesting option from Huawei.
Huawei’s offering is certainly flying high on shock value, but another interesting option is coming from a corporation most wouldn’t necessarily associate with smartphones. Vizio – the recent company that made its fortune off of shipping relatively cheap (but high-quality) televisions – is jumping in to the smartphone market with two devices. The more powerful of the two is a 5″ 1080p device, running Android 4.1, and powered by a 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor and 2 GB of RAM. The other device will serve as a lower-end option, with a 4.7″ 720p display and a slightly slower MediaTek processor and less RAM.
Both options are targeted to the Chinese market, though, so seeing them ever appear on US shores is unlikely. Vizio’s options seem to be of very high-quality, with both devices’ displays getting high marks from The Verge in their hands-on time.
Reportedly, Vizio is planning to use the feedback and experience of selling devices in China to make another attempt at the US market, so these types of devices could eventually be seen. Until then, however, we get to jealously look at near-stock Android on the beautiful 1080p display of the larger, higher-end device.