Huawei's Mate range have proven a popular addition to the phablet marketplace, with users responding well to the functionality and performance of these plus-sized phones.
Now, rumours have emerged suggesting that the next addition to the range – the Mate 20 Pro – could be set to double down on the brand's signature size advantage, with leaked specifications indicating that the new device may feature a tablet-sized screen.
Korean publication The Bell has been in contact with industry sources who have reported that Huawei is currently sampling OLED panels from Samsung Display measuring a whopping 6.9 inches for use with a phone, with the timing suggesting that these screens are most likely destined for the Mate 20 Pro.
This is significantly larger than the current Mate 10 Pro, which measures six inches, and is also much bigger than the reported sizes of the forthcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and Apple's deluxe iPhone X successor, which are expected to measure in at around 6.3 inches and 6.5 inches, respectively.
It is also almost as large as the Nexus 7 and other similar seven-inch tablets, potentially giving the Mate 20 Pro a unique selling point – while also avoiding becoming too unwieldy to be practical, thanks to its minimal bezel sizes and rumoured in-display fingerprint scanner.
Huawei is not expected to launch the latest addition to its Mate range until October or November, but expectations will be high following the success of the acclaimed Mate 10 Pro, which has proven a real hit since its launch earlier this year.
TechRadar described the phablet as “the most impressive device we've seen from Huawei to date”, praising it for its slick design, high-end camera and impressive battery life, while Pocket Lint said the Mate 10 Pro represents “a flagship that the general public can seriously consider buying above and beyond its similar-priced competition”.