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.


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.


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.