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Huawei Ascend Mate 6.1-inch Android brute hits UK for £335

The 6.1-inch Android behemoth has pitched up for pre-order on phone retailer Expansys for £335.

It might be the kind of mate who crushes your grip in his iron handshake and calls you a girl if you can't drink 10 pints of Carling, but the mammoth Huawei Ascend Mate is coming to the UK soon, so you'd better grin and bear it.

The 6.1-inch Android behemoth has pitched up for pre-order on phone retailer Expansys for £335 -- something of a bargain if a gigantic screen is what you're looking for in a phone. It's certainly much cheaper than the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, or even its cut-price cousin the Galaxy Mega, which is out in July for £460.

Its specs are pretty respectable too, with a quad-core 1.5GHz processor and 2GB of RAM, an 8-megapixel camera and Android 4.1. The vast screen offers 1,280x720 pixels for a density of 240 pixels per inch, which is hardly retina-fooling, but perfectly decent.

By contrast, the Galaxy Mega has a 1.7GHz dual-core processor, 4G and the more up-to-date Android 4.2.

Another competitor in the hand-stretching stakes is the even bigger Asus Fonepad, a ludicrous 7-inch beast that's so huge it makes you feel extremely foolish when you use it as a phone. It's also much less powerful, with just a single-core 1.2GHz chip. It is significantly cheaper, however, at just £180.

We went hands-on with the Mate at CES, where we found its mighty dimensions "overwhelming". We'll look forward to putting it to the test in our full review -- if it fits through the letterbox, that is.

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