Huawei may launch a 6.1-inch Windows Phone device

Posted on Jan 8 2013 - 8:35pm by Phalgun Shenoy

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Windows Phone 8 is interesting, but most of the manufacturers are interested in Android, since that’s where all the money is. Windows Phone 8 is plagued by unavailability of huge app store, like the ones Apple and Android have got. Anyways, there are good quality phones out there which boot Windows Phone 8, and one of them is Nokia Lumia 920. The Lumia 920 has got a 4.5 inch screen, which is the largest in the class. Yes, the current trend for Android devices is to have a screen size bigger than 5 inches, but Windows Phone devices seem to have a lot of catching up to do.

Recently two devices were launched, one from Samsung, which is the Samsung ATIV Odyssey, and one from Huawei, the Huawei Ascend W1. Sadly, both the devices are entry level devices and have 4 inch screens. Also, they come with some mediocre hardware, so nothing to boast about there. We’re glad that Huawei has stepped forward and introduced a Windows Phone 8 device. Nokia Lumia 920 is the largest Windows Phone 8 handset, but seems like Huawei may claim that top spot very soon.
Huawei product manager Richard Bhudhikanok has told that Huawei Ascend W1 isn’t the only Windows Phone 8 device that they are working on right now. Apparently the company is working on a WP8 handset that will be similar to the 6.1-inch Ascend Mate, though he did not say when or where this would be ready.

Given Yu’s statement at the press conference where he said the company will be announcing two more “innovative” devices at Mobile World Congress 2013 in Barcelona, this big WP smartphone could be one of them.

The ATIV Odyssey comes with 4-inch IPS LCD display which has a resolution of 480×800 resolution, a 1.2 GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor, a 5 megapixel rear camera, and a VGA front-facing camera. The Ascend W1 has 4 GB of internal memory, but you can expand that to 32GB using microSD card, and has 512MB of RAM.

The 6.1 inch Windows Phone 8 device could be something interesting. The 5.3 inch Galaxy Note was criticized to be impractical because it has got so huge screen, but the device became so popular that the company launched the sequel of it with a bigger 5.5 inch screen. As said before, the trend for smartphones is to have a screen bigger than 5 inches, and Huawei could have success with a 6.1 inch Windows Phone 8 phablet.

As of now, Windows Phone 8 has restriction on the screen resolution, so the 6.1 inch screen would have a pixel density of 216 PPI, which isn’t that bad. Android supports even 1080p HD displays, so Microsoft should consider working on their OS. Since there are no release dates given, the device may be launched after the Apollo+ update. The Apollo+ update may bring support for higher resolution display, thus enabling the 6.1 inch screen to have higher pixel density in order to fall in league of Android devices. What do you think? Let us know.

Source: CNET

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