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Huawei Ascend Mate Review

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Call quality

Huawei Ascend Mate Review
Voices sound loud and clear in the earpiece, very recognizable, with only a slight distortion at the highest volume. The two noise-canceling mics do a great job at weeding out background fluff and relayed our voices with strength and clarity that are way above average for the category.


Battery

Besides the largest stock battery capacity that has ever graced a smartphone, the 4050 mAh unit in the Huawei Ascend Mate features the fast charging option that some handsets now ship with, which pumps it full of electrons in a much shorter amount of time than your typical handset battery.

Huawei claims that with normal usage the battery should be able to drive you through a full weekend out and about, which is a pretty commendable achievement.


Conclusion

With big-screen handsets, the game is to replace your phone, tablet, laptop, camera and so on, with one converging device, but we'll leave to Mr Market to decide whether this can be done via a 6.1" smartphone successfully enough.

On the plus side, Huawei has equipped the Ascend Mate with the largest stock battery in a smartphone at 4050 mAh, so that you can keep watching movies on the plane for 10 hours straight. Not only that, but the phone is an all-around quality package for the sub-$500 price, with its stereo sound recording, great call quality, super-sensitive display and pentaband radio. The only gripe with the phone, if you love'em big screens, is the camera, as the lens seem unable to produce a well-focused image anywhere but in the center of the frame.

Direct competitors are phones like the Galaxy 6.3 and 5.8, but the larger one here comes more expensive, and the only advantage before the Ascend Mate is the comparatively sleeker design. Of course, for a Benjamin more you can get the wildly popular and slightly smaller Galaxy Note II, but if you are into the largest screen possible in the most manageable size out there, Huawei Ascend Mate can't be beat.



Software version: MT1-U06100R001C00B110

Pros

  • Ample battery capacity
  • Stereo sound recording
  • Pentaband radio
  • Very good call quality
  • Neat and functional Emotion UI
  • Screen can be used with gloves on

Cons

  • Pictures look sharp only at the center of the frame
  • Very noisy low light video capture
  • Just a third of the 8 GB internal storage is user-available
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posted on 29 May 2013, 09:05 11

1. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1619; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


Wow....I bet huawei are pis*ed sammy took their worlds biggest phone crown away from them....anyway would never really buy a phone over 6inches so no point in my eyes...

posted on 29 May 2013, 09:26 4

7. TheBitterTruth (unregistered)


How is Huawei pissed off?
Ok Samsung Galaxy Mega is bigger than this but Ascend mate specifications are better than Mega

posted on 29 May 2013, 09:40 1

10. ebubekir26 (Posts: 311; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


he is talking about size not specs. This phone was the largest.........until Samsung released the Mega 6.3
which means Samsung took "The Largest Phone" crown away from Huawei

posted on 29 May 2013, 09:48

14. TheBitterTruth (unregistered)


Nexus 7 has GSM. Nexus 7 takes the lead.
Xperia Z ha GSM. Z takes the lead.

posted on 29 May 2013, 10:51 1

19. sinple (Posts: 98; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)


nexus 7 is not a phone. U cant call.

Largest phone is asus Fonepad. 7inch.

posted on 29 May 2013, 09:48 2

15. TheBitterTruth (unregistered)


Typical fanboys

posted on 29 May 2013, 10:54 1

20. SleepingOz (unregistered)


Typical hater

posted on 29 May 2013, 13:38 1

23. TheBitterTruth (unregistered)


Keep sleeping.

posted on 29 May 2013, 16:58 2

24. GTR722 (Posts: 223; Member since: 20 Oct 2012)


Look at all the Samsung fans unliking your post...lol A Mate is clearly superior to the 6.3 Mega....and PA...if this phone have 73% and ZL 75% of screen size ratio....

posted on 29 May 2013, 09:05

2. chrislars (Posts: 77; Member since: 11 Apr 2013)


That's a fair rating. Seems like its built solid.

posted on 29 May 2013, 09:05 3

3. Cesar (Posts: 127; Member since: 16 Aug 2012)


Way to big! -.-

posted on 29 May 2013, 09:26 3

8. TheBitterTruth (unregistered)


Tooooooo

posted on 29 May 2013, 09:08 6

4. ebubekir26 (Posts: 311; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


good review,.
I still prefer the Note II, this is just way to large. It's not a phablet it's a tablet
I'm waiting for the Note III..Samsung will manage to make it compact.

posted on 29 May 2013, 09:42 5

11. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2999; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Typical Samsung fanboy's comment!
"It also sports a screen-to-body ratio of 73% – the highest in the industry"
It is already compact! Jezz...

posted on 29 May 2013, 09:46 1

12. ebubekir26 (Posts: 311; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


I never understand your comments,...
first you were an Android fan,, now you love Apple? your profile pic says it all...

posted on 29 May 2013, 10:08 4

18. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2999; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Profile picture can mean anything. It's doesn't necessarily show my support for an OEM or an OS.
Remember the ad? It was funny right? I picked what defined it best, that's all. If you've known me well, i've never been an avid supporter of Apple.

posted on 29 May 2013, 12:39 3

22. ebubekir26 (Posts: 311; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


but you always have to comment on a bitchy way

posted on 29 May 2013, 17:32

25. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2999; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Lwalzz....keep analyzing all my comments.
I'd rather comment bitchy than comment like a hardcore fanboy.

posted on 29 May 2013, 18:42

26. ebubekir26 (Posts: 311; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


I'm not a hardcore Samsung fanboy..
I mean I do love all Android phones... but you know Samsung is my favorite.. It's like football..
You love many football players but you have a special place in your heart for Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo because they are the best...

posted on 29 May 2013, 21:47

27. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2999; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


I'm not actually refering you as the hard core Samsung fan....just replied in accordance to the 'bitchy' comment you mentioned. Peace

posted on 29 May 2013, 09:15 3

5. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5222; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Nice phone but it's too big! 6 inch can't even fit in my pocket!

posted on 29 May 2013, 09:47 2

13. TheBitterTruth (unregistered)


It is not for kids.

posted on 29 May 2013, 09:50 2

16. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5222; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


That doesn't make any sense. -_-

posted on 29 May 2013, 09:23 2

6. _Bone_ (Posts: 2107; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Not bad. If it lands around €400 where the excellent Oppo Find 5 is, it's another well-priced top phone for your choice.

posted on 29 May 2013, 09:37 1

9. _Bone_ (Posts: 2107; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


BTW mate, I think the PA test unit's camera is broken, I looked up other samples in disbelief of the terrible focus/lens and other results seem to be okay.

http://content.onliner.by/news/2013/05/large/1d91b990e0ba4ad7b4c2c1c6c607104f.jpg
http://attach.sogi.com.tw/cf_forum/201305/2013050309160307670b.jpg
http://www.nomobile.ru/pics/test/huawei_ascend_mate_cam/4.jpg
http://attach.sogi.com.tw/cf_forum/201305/201305030912033993b.jpg

posted on 29 May 2013, 10:07 1

17. N-fanboy (Posts: 536; Member since: 12 Jan 2013)


Its like a tablet.... For kids lol

posted on 29 May 2013, 11:06

21. NIK01 (Posts: 20; Member since: 29 Apr 2013)


ratio of 73%??
you should regard that is has no buttons neither the sony.
the on-screen-buttons downsize the real screensize for about estimated 0.2" and the ratio therefore too downsized.
the samsung 6.3 is bigger AND has off-screen-buttons, so the added difference screensize is maybe about 0.4". conclusion: 2mm more width and 3mm more height is more than OK, imho.
there is ONE advantage concerning on-screen-buttons: if you are using a mouse or trackball as I do.
regards from germany,
niko

posted on 25 Nov 2013, 23:47

28. techsurround (Posts: 3; Member since: 20 Nov 2013)


Now get the Huawei's latest upcoming Glory 4 leaked specs at Wirews tech magazine.

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Display6.1 inches, 720 x 1280 pixels (241 ppi) Super IPS+ LCD
Camera8 megapixels
Hardware
Hi-Silicon K3V2 + Intel XMM6260, Quad core, 1500 MHz
2048 MB RAM
Size6.44 x 3.37 x 0.39 inches
(163.5 x 85.7 x 9.9 mm)
6.98 oz  (198 g)

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