Huawei Ascend Mate hands-on

Huawei Ascend Mate hands-on
The Samsung Galaxy Note II is no longer the big boy in the house, Huawei has unleashed a massive 6.1-inch display Ascend Mate.  The Ascend Mate is a device built around a large screen with a larger battery.  The 4,050mAh battery is expected to provide days of use and standby time measured in weeks.

Underneath we have the same 1.5GHz quad-core processor found on the Ascend D2.  The 6.1-inch display is 1280x720 and covered by Gorilla Glass.  Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is on board with Huawei's "Emotion UI."  Just like its smaller cousin, the UI is clean and there are themes available to further personalize the experience.  Even with its size, it weighs in at under 200 grams, so its weight is not uncomfortable.  The responsiveness is smooth which is expected given many of its insides are the same as the Ascend D2.  The Ascend Mate supports microSD card expansion which will come in handy since the size of this display will be quite nice to watch videos on.

The camera is an 8MP with HD recording.  The front facing camera is 1.0MP.  Bluetooth 4.0 LE is on board as well.  The Ascend Mate will also be available next month internationally, while Huawei continues its discussions to secure US carriers.  Pricing was not made available at press time.  We have uploaded some pictures for you to view, and will update with video shortly so stay tuned for updates.

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Ascend Mate
  • Display 6.1" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1 megapixel front
  • Processor Hi-Silicon K3V2 + Intel XMM6260, Quad-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 16GB
  • Battery 4050 mAh



1. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

i really think big phones are a joke!!! and i still think they are!! 3.5 to 4.5 is ok for me!! the 4.8 s3 is still acceptable!! but heck, 5.5 and this 6.1?! rediculous!!!

3. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Note II has the same dimensions as the previous gen but with a bigger screen. You say they're ridiculous* but when you actually use it for a day, going to a 3.5 screen will make you realize what you're missing.

4. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

the very reason why i dont really like android... to many screen size!! and besides i'll do all my movie and video on a laptop/tablet!! coz viewing those videos on a 5" phone is not pleasing!

7. MistB

Posts: 581; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

That's your opinion, others will agree with you but others will sure disagree. In my case, it's the latter and I prefer viewing movies on a phone like this for that reason, the real screen estate rather than carry a clunky laptop. Let's just agree to disagree.

9. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

i hate the on screen navigation on this huawei mate! but watching movies and viewing pictures is better on a loptop or on a tablet! you can see better in a bigger screen.. why settle for something that is on the center(phone and tablet)? and this is a comment section so all comments here are opinion!

14. Mobilephile

Posts: 173; Member since: Nov 25, 2012

its called portability, chances are you can fit this in your pocket, cant do that with a laptop or tablet

11. dc0321

Posts: 24; Member since: Nov 21, 2012

u dont like android coz too much screen size to choose ..lmao..

12. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

You said 3.5", 3.7", 4.0", 4.3" and 4.5" screens are okay for you, but you contradict yourself because that's five different screen sizes. There's a screen size for everyone, and that's the beauty Android brings.


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

You are complainining that there is a screen size for just about everyone? Yes Android should have just ONE phone, one size and that will make everyone happy....not. If I wanted to be locked down and have no options, I'd use an iPhone again.

10. cncrim

Posts: 1590; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

i said the top and bottom bezel on most phone today is .6 -.8 inches if all manufacture start to shrink that....... 5 inches will feel like 3.5. Can they do that? sure can, they just wait apple to be the first take on the challenge then they will say i should have done that.

16. Mobilephile

Posts: 173; Member since: Nov 25, 2012

Not really that ridiculous, its about technology convergence. A full featured all-in-one mini tablet-phone

20. richardyarrell2011

Posts: 510; Member since: Mar 16, 2011 Galaxy Note 2 is the BIG BOY in the house why??? ? they built the house they are the creators of this category. They rule the United States tech game the Huawei Ascend Mate doesn't and pretty much won't. Huawei is VERY WEAK IN ANDROID LAND they always will be. The Galaxy Note 2 pimp slaps this silly device all day long WHY?? ? features and software, better camera back and front, better screen and ppi, removable battery and 64gb of storage ability with that sd card. Plus multi Window features, pop up play, pop up browser, and on and on. Huawei not in the same league my friends....The Galaxy Note 3 will piss all over this feeble wanna be note 2......

21. richardyarrell2011

Posts: 510; Member since: Mar 16, 2011

The Galaxy Note 3 will be the king just like the current galaxy note 2....​-galaxy-note-3-interesting-4-multitasking-system/

2. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

1280x720 on 6.1" = 241ppi. 1920x1080 on 6.1" = 361ppi. If they really wanted it to be a Note II killer, they would have put a 1080p screen on the phone. Nonetheless, I'm curious to see how long the 4,050mAh battery can actually last on daily usage.

5. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

I hope pa will do a review of this phone. The ascend mate would have been a bit better if they included a full hd screen, then that would be a very pleasing experience all in a 6.1" phone/tablet

6. marchels14 unregistered

I don't understand what is the point of having a phone that large, five inches is enough , it is impractical to carry five plus inch phone in your pocket. 720 p makes this phone mid range device in 1080 p world. Huawei missed the train on this one.

8. cncrim

Posts: 1590; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

6.1" will be much better but come on all those manufacture, look at the phone can you guy get rid/ shink the top and bottom bezel it is huge plus can you come up a better idea to get ride the navigation bar too and come up buttom wipe. there are so much space that we don't need... And last, how about quicker time charge battery please. How about 1 hour charge full 4100amh.

13. someones4

Posts: 628; Member since: Sep 16, 2012

Purely a specs game. But other OEM's are still losing in this aspect. The chinese can cram everything into one cheap phone

15. Mobilephile

Posts: 173; Member since: Nov 25, 2012

..and they will cram everything into high end phones as well, since they manufacture most of the world's CE devices

17. 1ceTr0n

Posts: 549; Member since: May 20, 2012

My new Note 2 suddenly doesn't feel so special anymore :(

18. Topcat488

Posts: 1422; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

Don't worry little buddy... Samsung is coming out this year with a 6.3" Note 3.!. And besides, this Huawei Ascend Mate can't do 1/4th of what your Note II can do... S-Pen not included!!!

19. dailybargainshop840

Posts: 6; Member since: Jan 08, 2013

I like it, it's having good functionality & features. Thanks for sharing it.

22. Techboi

Posts: 84; Member since: Sep 20, 2012

Interesting phone

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