At this week's 2013 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), oversized handsets made a splash. Following the success of Samsung's Galaxy Note, the phablet segment -- a hybrid of phones and tablets -- is being booseted by Lenovo, Sony and Huawei, with Huawei going as far as offering a
The Huawei Ascend Mate "phablet" is displayed at the 2013 International CES at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. AFP Photo
Huawei Ascend Mate
Chinese brand Huawei made an impact with its 6.1-inch Ascend Mate, the biggest smartphone on the market. It features HD resolution (1280 x 720 pixels), a 1.5 Ghz quad-core processor, an 8-megapixel camera and a front-facing camera. The device runs on Android Jelly Bean.
Lenovo IdeaPhone K900
Lenovo's K900 is also packed with interesting features including a 5.5-inch full HD (1080p) display. It is 6.9 mm thick and weighs 162g. The phone also features a 13-megapixel camera. The K900 will hit the Chinese market in the spring.
Sony XPeria Z and ZL
Sony's two new 5-inch Full HD (1080 x 1920 pixels) smartphones are equipped with 1.5GHz quad-core processors, 2GB RAM memory and a 13-megapixel camera. The Xperia Z was presented as fully water-resistant.
ZTE Grand S
Chinese smartphone maker ZTE also presented a device dubbed Grand S, equipped with a 5-inch full HD (1080p) screen. The device, which features a 1.7GHz Qualcomm quad-core processor with 2 GB RAM, will be released in China before hitting Europe.
Alcatel Scribe HD
Alcatel unveiled its new high-end smartphone, the Scribe HD, featuring a 1280 x 720 pixel 5-inch screen. The product boasts a 1.2GHz quad core MediaTek processor with 1 GB of RAM, an 8-megapixel camera. It is 4G compatible and runs on Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean). The Scribe HD is set for a US-only launch in Q3 2013.