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Huawei Ascend Mate review

05 Dec 2013

Introduction

Recently, Huawei phones are becoming more and more popular with rapidly growing customer base.
At first, like most chinese manufacturers, they began copying bigger ones and their phones, but after a while their phone design, both hardware and software, began to take shape into something unique. The reviewd phone confirms that. The Huawei Ascend Mate.

Features

  •     Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE; penta-band 3G with HSPA
  •     6.1" 16M-color 720p IPS+ LCD capacitive touchscreen with Gorilla Glass, Magic Touch, which can be used with glowes
  •     Android OS v4.1.2 Jelly Bean with Emotion UI
  •     Quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A9, 16-core GPU; Huawei K3V2 chipset
  •     2GB of RAM
  •     8 MP autofocus camera with LED flash, 1080p video recording @ 30fps, continuous autofocus, stereo sound
  •     1 MP front-facing camera, 720p video recording
  •     Dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA
  •     GPS with A-GPS
  •     8GB of built-in storage
  •     microSD card slot, side-mounted, hot-swap
  •     microUSB port with USB host and MHL 2.0
  •     Bluetooth v4.0
  •     FM radio
  •     Standard 3.5 mm audio jack
  •     Accelerometer and proximity sensor
  •     Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
  •     Huge, non-removable, 4050 mAh battery

Disadvantages

  • A bit too big
  • Can't replace the battery
  • No NFC

So far the company's phablet proves to be quite competitive against other manufacturer's flagship devices.

Devices such as Samsung Galaxy Mega, Samsung Galaxy Note II, Optimus G Pro and HTC One Max helped smaller companies get into the phablet league. To be honest, the Huawei Ascend Mate is closer to the class of the Samsung Galaxy Mega, than it is to the other devices, which proove to be a higher class ones.

The Ascend Mate has a chip build by Huawei themselves - K3V2. Not so impressive as the other higher class devices, but still four Cortex-A9 CPU cores running at 1.5GHz and a 16-core GPU are pretty impresive in todays standarts. Hence, the smooth performance of the operating system - Android 2.1.2 Jelly Bean, but, thanks to the Emotion UI 1.5, it stands out as a quite impressive one. What is interesting about the Emotion UI is that it has no apps menu with all the installed apps (something like the interface of the iOS), everything is on the pages of the home screen which can be maximum 9. The pre installed apps are organized into folders which proves to quite nice.

Unboxing

The device comes with the usual accessories - power adapter, a USB cable, and a headset, plus the usual paperwork.


huawei ascend mate unboxing

Size

The size of the device is 163.5 x 85.7 x 9.9 mm and weights at 198g - about the same as the Galaxy Mega 6.3.

Because of the size Huawei offer the possibility for shifting the keyboard left to right, depending on which hand you are using the device with. The same goes for the symbols, which you use to unlock the screen.

The dropdown menu is similar to the one on the, for example, Samsung Galaxy S3 - all main funcions of the phone (wi-fi, gps, mobile data, etc. switches are located there).

Camera

Here again we can see that Huawei had a finger in the design - it is 8МР with a BSI sensor and it handles itself pretty well, which is in favor of Huawei if they want to be compatitive with the big names in the smartphone area. The interface is simplistic and easy to use, the pictures are of high quality and the night shots are not that bad. On top of that there are some effects you can play with.

Multimedia and apps

The best way to appreciate the phone is to use it for surfing - the big display certainly shows its advantages here. The build-in browser handles itself pretty well and it is even smoother than Google Chrome.

You also get a build-in documents editor, which you can use for Word, Excel and PowerPoint, as well as a flashlight, DNLA client, FM radio and a backup software.

Conclusion

Huawеi Ascend Mate certainly is a phone to watch for if you like smartphones with bigger screens and think, that an iPhone is just too small for everyday work. You can feel the high quality of the materials, considering the price of the device, as well as enjoying the big 6.1" IPS screen with HD resolution. The camera is good, the battery last long on extensive usage.

If the phone is too big for you I will advice you not to go with it. It fits perfectly into a pocket, but you always feel that it is there.

 

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