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Huawei to go jumbo with 6.1-inch Ascend Mate

An executive with the Chinese company couldn't wait for CES and showed off the phone at a Huawei store.

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Huawei will have a big mobile presence at CES. Josh Miller/CNET

Huawei has something big in store for CES.

A company executive prematurely showed off the company's Ascend Mate, a jumbo 6.1-inch smartphone, which was rumored to be its big announcement for the Consumer Electronics Show in early January.

But Huawei executive Richard Yu pulled the phone out while at a Huawei store in China, according to Engadget.

CNET contacted Huawei for comment, and we'll update the story when we get a response.

The Ascend Mate is the latest in a class of phones known as "phablets," or a hybrid between a phone and a tablet. The category was pioneered by Samsung Electronics and its Galaxy Note line, but others have popped up, including LG and its Optimus Vu (known as Intuition at Verizon Wireless).

With many of the other major handset manufacturers bowing out of CES, Huawei may use the show to further build its reputation with consumers. The Chinese company has long coveted the U.S. market but has largely made more affordable phones for the prepaid carriers, or low-cost unbranded phones for the bigger national carriers.

The speculation for the Ascend Mate calls for a 1.8 gigahertz quad-core chip, a large 4,000 mAh battery, 9.9 millimeters in thickness, and a cost of $480.