Huawei 6.1-inch Windows Phone 8 handset in the works
Huawei might be the first to introduce a Windows Phone 8 'phablet' measuring 6.1-inches
Huawei is working on a 6.1-inch Windows Phone 8 handset according to comments from a company product manager at CES 2013.
The news comes via CNET Asia, which reports having spoken to Huawei’s Richard Bhudhikanok who said the company is working on a Windows Phone 8 device ‘similar to the 6.1-inch Ascend Mate.’
Bhudhikanok wouldn’t reveal any further details about the device so it’s not clear what the spec line-up is, whether it’s the same as any of the company’s other Windows Phone 8 devices or the Android-based Ascend Mate itself. He also wouldn’t say when it might arrive or suggest any outline for distribution.
It’s quite possible Huawei will simply re-load the Ascend Mate design with Windows Phone 8 and it wouldn’t be the first company to pull this trick. In 2012 Samsung released the Ativ S which was essentially a Galaxy S3 with Windows Phone 8 instead of Android.
If this were the case, that would mean a 1.5GHz quad-core processor, a 1280x720 pixel LCD display at 241 pixels-per-inch (ppi), 2GB of RAM, microSD support, an 8-megapixel camera and a sizeable 4050mAh battery pack.
The only issue with this idea is that the Ascend Mate is based on the company’s own quad-core chipset – the K3V2, where all Windows Phone handsets to date have used Qualcomm single-core or dual-core Snapdragons.
Bhudhikanok did, however, detail the Ascend W1’s spec, which will feature a Qualcomm MSM 8230 dual-core Snadragon S4 processor clocked at 1.2GHz, 512MB of RAM, a 1,950mAh battery and a 5-inch 800x480 pixel IPS touch display.