CES 2014 is right around the corner and we’re bound to see a slew of new phones, tablets, laptops, and more as the new year rings in new devices. One unannounced device we could see? The Huawei PhoPad.
Huawei has a history of large devices that blur the phone and tablet line with their Huawei Ascend Mate, announced at last year’s CES alongside the Huawei Ascend P1 and Huawei Ascend D Quad. The Ascend Mate had a 6.1-inch screen and (at the time) was billed as the largest screen on any smartphone.
Is the Ascend Mate being rebranded to PhoPad? Or perhaps Huawei will showcase a new form factor similar to the ASUS Padfone series which allow a smartphone to slip inside a companion tablet shell, acting as it’s brain? (Read more about the newly announced ASUS Padfone Infinity and ASUS Padfone Mini).
Regardless of how they plan to use the name, we’re certain they plan to use it: Huawei has just trademarked the PhoPad name with the USPTO.
We’ve got to give some “Back to the Future” type credit to Martin Andersson who, way back in January, sarcastically coined the “PhoPad” name in the comments section of a Marques Brownlee G+ post about none other than… the Huawei Ascend Mate. Hey Martin, what do you know that we don’t, future boy? Is Andersson your real name, McFly? Or next week will you be Clint Eastwood?
We kid, we kid… although everything above is absolutely true.
Huawei will undoubtedly have a strong presence at CES 2014 and we’re already scheduled to attend their press conference and snag some hands-on of whatever they’ve got to offer. We’re hoping this mysterious PhoPad is part of the mix.
And now, with all this cold weather and talk about Pho this and Pho that, I’m hungry. Pho Real.