By Jane Nambi
With new ‘big’ things coming to the market, it is only fair that people are reminded of the big phones that were but they are way bigger and better.
Consumer Electronics Show (CES) Tuesday night debuted a new phone which is almost twice the size of an average iPhone. China’s Huawei debuted Ascend Mate, a 6.1-inch smartphone with strong battery life and HD display. “Smartphone and tablets are kind of converging,” Huawei’s Craig said. “From consumers to the carrier companies themselves, everyone seems to be asking for larger screens.”
Panasonic’s 4K 20-inch tablet and Samsung’s 85-inch 4K Ultra HD LCD TV were also on display.
The 7-ounce Ascend Mate also has a built-in 8-megapixel camera, Dolby Surround Sound speakers, and a water-resistant screen that held up even when an entire glass of water was poured onto its surface during a demonstration.
Bigger phones are user-friendly for gamers and for those who use Skype or other video-chat apps but it is also a trend to have just a portable phone. Jaycox said the tablet and smartphone markets are going through a test phase as consumers search for the sweet spot, looking for a portable device that meets all their computing needs. “What’s that device size where people truly feel like they have an all-in-one?” he said.