All 6.1-inches of Huawei's Ascend Mate shown off by exec

Huawei has given a sneak peak of its 6.1-inch, 1080p Ascend Mate handset, set for official unveiling at CES in January.

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CES used to be a contest to see which company had the biggest telly. Now it looks like it's turning into who has the biggest phone. And Huawei is in the lead, with a monster 6.1-inch effort in the shape of the Ascend Mate, Engadget reports.

Richard Yu, the man in charge of devices for the Chinese manufacturer, whipped out the mobile at a store in China a full two weeks ahead of the official unveiling at CES. Let's hope combat trousers come back in fashion so we can fit these massive mobiles in our pockets.

Not only is the screen a ridiculous 6.1-inches (that's almost as big as an iPad mini), it's also 1080p, which is the same resolution as an HD TV.

Inside there's plenty of power too, with a crazy 1.8GHz quad-core processor that'll make the HTC One X+ look Fisher Price in comparison. And the mobile manages to be just 9.9mm thick, which is just a couple of millimetres fatter than an iPhone 5.

Here's a video of the device in action. Appropriately enough, it's showing the film Titanic.

A Chinese price was given for the handset, and it translates to about £300. There's no word on whether the device will hit these shores, but let's hope so.

We should see a host of mobiles next year with 1080p screens, though this is the biggest so far. The HTC Butterfly should flutter its way to the UK, along with devices from LG and Samsung. Sony is also readying a 5-inch 1080p device, known as the Xperia Z. You may have seen leaks previously under its codename of the Sony Yuga.

Is 6.1-inches too big for a mobile? Or do you think it makes sense, seeing as we mostly use our handsets for surfing and watching videos nowadays? Let me know what you reckon in the comments, or on Facebook.

Image credit: fengse (from Sina Weibo)