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Always On: Unboxing the big-screen Ascend Mate
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Always On: Unboxing the big-screen Ascend Mate

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Molly Wood and Jeff Cannata unbox Huawei's 6.1-inch Android "phablet," and offer their first impressions of the gigantic smartphone.

-Now, for today's Unboxing, you know how I love a big phone. -Yes. -This phone may attest to my love of big phone. -This is the big of the big phones. -You could see-- -It's the big phone's big brother. -You could see there's a hand. We have a phablet and a tablet to compare it to. -It's going to fit somewhere in the middle, we think. -I think so. Inside this box is the Huawei Ascend Mate which we first got eyes on-- actually, I saw this at CES. -Yeah. I saw it at Barcelona at the Mobile World Congress. I really liked what I saw there. -I did, too, because I love a big phone. But this phone-- let me just put it this way. It's a 6.1-inch display. -That's right. -Yeah. -It's taking-- -That's half a foot of phone. -phablet. Oh, my God. That should be on the marketing. -Half a foot of phone. -Half a foot of phone inside this box. -Boo. -It's huge. -Here we go. Holy moly. -Oh. That's a really big phone you got. -That's a big phone. -Like-- -Look at that. -the phone takes up every square centimeter of space here. That's huge. -It's crazy. -Oh. I love-- -Look at that. -that. -Seriously, five years ago, we would make fun of people if they had that. You know what I mean? -Yeah. -That's like-- -Well, five years ago, we would like-- -your phone is so primitive. -like brutally mock this. Look at that, though. -Look at the difference. -The Note. You know, the Note 2 and the LG Optimus G Pro are basically the biggest phones on the market right now. -Yeah. -Intel. No. -Look at that. It's almost-- it's almost a full tablet. -Godzilla phone. I couldn't pay attention. Okay. So, here. You take that. We'll throw it off the box here. Oh, my God. -Hello. Do I look weird? -It's not for talking. How many times do we-- -Oh. Stop the talk. -have to do this? Okay. Oh, look. They give us a little recycle-your-old-mobile-phone bag. Cute. -And we test that one. -Yeah. I know. That's the one-- that's the one you broke. Maybe you notice that. Okay. What else is in here? -Take the plastic. -Yeah. Take the plastic off. We have an appropriately "Higante" power brick. -Oh. It is "Higante." -We have some headphones, which also look comically oversized to me, but maybe it's just the thing. -You notice that at this point. -Not like, "I don't think it's huge. Look at this huge USB." No. It's so-- -I like the back. Go on. -Yeah. Micro USB charger, and that is it. There's some politics about this phone that we're gonna get to in a minute. Before that, we're gonna turn it on and do some specs. The Huawei Ascent Mate runs Andriod 4.1 Jelly Bean. Although for reasons we'll get to later, you're probably gonna want to root it immediately and put stock Android on it. -It has a 1.5 gigaHertz quad-core processor and has a really big 4,050 milliAmp per hour battery. -The company says that this phone could go two days on a single charge. I would be astonished, but we will test it. -That screen really is huge-- 6.1 inches at 1280x720. -It has 2 gigs of on-board RAM, a front-facing 1 megapixel camera and a rear-facing 8 megapixel camera. I'm thinking they could have just put some megapixels from the back on the front. The Ascend Mate has 16 gigs of on-board storage but it's expandable via MicroSD card slot. -It comes in white and black, and you'll probably only be able to get it unlocked at $600. -So, I have to say after playing with this for just a few minutes-- -You're not impressed. -I'm not that impressed. The keyboard seems leggy, the performance seems a little bit slow. And actually, all of that is fine because it's probably spying on me. -Yes. It seems that you're not gonna be able to get that phone because of concerns about the Chinese government-- -Yes. -involvement. -This is really interesting 'cause we got all excited about the rise of Chinese phone makers-- -Yeah. -but there are some lawmakers in the U.S. trying to ban these phones. They will not have U.S. carrier contracts, so there's no way you're gonna get it with a discount. And like I mentioned earlier, some people are saying online that even if you get one, you probably want to put stock Android on it, right? -Yeah. That's pretty surprising. -So, there's like a lot of barriers to jump through but you know, if you just have to have the hugest phone out there-- -The good news is they're not getting much information with that 1 megapixel camera on the front. -That's really true. They're getting nothing. You can't even deposit a check-- -Yeah. -with a 1 megapixel camera. That is lame.
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