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Huawei teases 6.1in 'Ascent Mate' smartphone ahead of CES 2013

You knew this was coming. Not only are the various mobile manufacturers all trying to beat each other out on smartphone features and capabilities, but it looks like they're going to try to one-up each other on sizes, too.

At least, that's what we're led to believe after Huawei's apparent leak of its 6.1in 'Ascend Mate,' a smartphone that would likely be larger than any trouser pocket you could think to store it in.

The video that shows off this monstrous smartphone (see top) was first reported by Engadget but, unfortunately, it doesn't hint at much else about what's inside the smartphone/mini-tablet.

The 1080p device (sporting 361 ppi on its screen) is rumoured to sport a quad-core, 1.8GHz HiSilicon K3V3 CPU and 2GB of RAM. Additionally, it's been suggested that a whopping 4,000 mAh battery will power the device. It will be interesting to see just what kind of uptime Huawei will be able to deliver given the trade-off between the phone's massive screen size and equally massive battery.

Just to put the Ascend Mate in a bit of perspective, its alleged screen size is going to be all of half an inch larger than Samsung's Galaxy Note 2, a device that has been described as being a little bit troublesome to use one-handed.

However, don't expect that Samsung's just going to sit back and let someone else usurp its claim to the, "Is it a smartphone? Is it a tablet?" title.

The latest rumours suggest that Samsung is allegedly working on a follow-up to the Galaxy Note 2 - as well as developing the Samsung Galaxy S4, of course - that will come in at an eye-opening screen size of 6.3in – all of 0.2in greater than the size of the Huawei's Ascend Mate.

While the final specifications of Huawei's smartphone have yet to be announced, the monster handset could make its first official appearance at CES 2013. We somehow doubt you'd be able to miss this large a device if even if you tried.