Looking around the world, it’s not hard to see the impact of the phablet, because if you fancy a big phone, that option is now there for you. These larger screened smartphones are basically the equivalent to having a tablet you can keep in your pocket or handbag, and we see them everywhere now.

And once you’re with one, it’s hard to go back to a smaller screen. Sometimes bigger is just better.

Huawei knows this all too well, and has been producing big-screen smartphones since 2013 when it first unveiled the “Mate”, a large 6.1 inch smartphone that came with an Aussie name.

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Back then, it felt like Huawei’s Mate was little more than a big experiment, arriving with mediocre performance and no 4G, but yet still offering that big screen with a huge battery, two of the main features people go for phablet-style devices.

Since that first release, Huawei has evolved the Mate, and in 2014, we saw a solid example of the Mate in the Mate 7.

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We’re still not sure where the “7” came from (because it wasn’t the screen size), but it didn’t matter because in the Mate 7, Huawei had matched great mobile technology, a surprisingly powerful home-built processor, a lovely screen, metal body, and a pretty top notch fingerprint scanner for $699.