Huawei Ascend Mate Review

Huawei Ascend Mate Review
Introduction

Barring the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3, the Huawei Ascend Mate would have been in a league of its own. The League of Extraordinary Diagonals, that is, as the phone sports a monster 6.1” display. Huawei's largest handset, however, certainly has enough going for it to set it apart from Samsung's Goliaths, like stereo sound recording and the largest battery ever placed in a smartphone – a capacious 4050 mAh unit.

Thanks to the on-screen navigational buttons, it also sports "a screen-to-body ratio of 73% – the highest in the industry," though the Sony Xperia ZL would beg to disagree.

Are these making it a better handset than the other big-screen lover dream phones, like the Mega 6.3, Note II or G Pro? Read on our review to find out...

In the box:

  • In-ear stereo headphones
  • Wall charger
  • microUSB cable
  • Manual

Design

The phone can be considered compact for its screen size, thanks to the on-screen navigation buttons, and the 163.5 mm x 85.7 mm x 9.9 mm (6.5" x 3.4" x 0.4") chassis. It is quite shorter and more narrow than the Mega 6.3, but still feels no less awkward to hold than Samsung's largest, despite the tapered back that goes to mere 6.5mm by the edges. Thankfully, the obligatory one-hand phablet UI is here, too, cramping the keyboard and dialpad left or right so you can reach them with your thumb without being Shaq, aiding one-handed usage.


Huawei Ascend Mate

Huawei Ascend Mate

Dimensions

6.44 x 3.37 x 0.39 inches

163.5 x 85.7 x 9.9 mm

Weight

6.98 oz (198 g)

Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3

Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3

Dimensions

6.6 x 3.46 x 0.31 inches

167.6 x 88 x 8 mm

Weight

7.02 oz (199 g)

Samsung GALAXY Note II

Samsung GALAXY Note II

Dimensions

5.94 x 3.17 x 0.37 inches

151 x 80.5 x 9.4 mm

Weight

6.44 oz (182 g)

LG Optimus G Pro

LG Optimus G Pro

Dimensions

5.91 x 3 x 0.37 inches

150.2 x 76.1 x 9.4 mm

Weight

5.64 oz (160 g)

Huawei Ascend Mate

Huawei Ascend Mate

Dimensions

6.44 x 3.37 x 0.39 inches

163.5 x 85.7 x 9.9 mm

Weight

6.98 oz (198 g)

Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3

Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3

Dimensions

6.6 x 3.46 x 0.31 inches

167.6 x 88 x 8 mm

Weight

7.02 oz (199 g)

Samsung GALAXY Note II

Samsung GALAXY Note II

Dimensions

5.94 x 3.17 x 0.37 inches

151 x 80.5 x 9.4 mm

Weight

6.44 oz (182 g)

LG Optimus G Pro

LG Optimus G Pro

Dimensions

5.91 x 3 x 0.37 inches

150.2 x 76.1 x 9.4 mm

Weight

5.64 oz (160 g)

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Build quality is decent, but the choice of plastics feels a bit cheap – the soft-touch coating on the back is very grippable, so it does the job, but its quality doesn't leave the same premium feel that other such soft layers leave in the hand. Same goes for the rim surrounding the sides, which has a coarse-feeling surface, aiding the grip further, but spoiling the looks somewhat. Huawei says the phone has a dual antenna design, and there are two notches cut in the side rim, which could mark an external antenna design, like on the iPhone and Nokia Lumia 925.


The side rim is also interrupted by protective flaps in the same color, which cover the microSD and SIM card slots, as the phone is unibody, with sealed battery compartment. The power/lock key on the right, and the volume rocker underneath it are well-situated, and easy to feel and press, with good tactile feedback.



Display

The whole front is recessed quite a bit, leaving a protective frame around the display part, so as it doesn't scratch when placed face down, or doesn't shatter into pieces from the slightest contact with the ground.

Apparently Huawei couldn't ring the manufacturer which produces Full HD displays at that size, and had to make do with 720x1280 pixels HD resolution for the 6.1” IPS screen, which still leaves it at a decent 241ppi pixel density. The screen also sports the "Magic Touch" tech, allowing you to use it with gloves on, which can be turned on and off from the settings menu, and it works as advertised, allowing you to answer a call with your mittens on, for instance.

The color representation can be changed with a slider in the display settings menu, too, ranging from warm to cold, and is set in the middle by default, though the difference is mild unless you are a screen purist. Being an IPS display, the Ascend Mate panel flaunts very good viewing angles, with only a shift in brightness and contrast at extreme angles.

Peak brightness is about 400 nits, the LCD average, meaning that you will have issues outside under direct sunlight, though the phone sports pretty good coating, diminishing the unpleasant effect of mirror reflections when a light source falls on the screen directly.


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29 Comments

1. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 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...

7. TheBitterTruth unregistered

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

10. ebubekir26

Posts: 337; Member since: Dec 21, 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

14. TheBitterTruth unregistered

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

19. sinple

Posts: 132; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

nexus 7 is not a phone. U cant call. Largest phone is asus Fonepad. 7inch.

15. TheBitterTruth unregistered

Typical fanboys

20. SleepingOz unregistered

Typical hater

23. TheBitterTruth unregistered

Keep sleeping.

24. GTR722

Posts: 270; Member since: Oct 20, 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....

2. chrislars

Posts: 77; Member since: Apr 11, 2013

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

3. Cesar

Posts: 140; Member since: Aug 16, 2012

Way to big! -.-

8. TheBitterTruth unregistered

Tooooooo

4. ebubekir26

Posts: 337; Member since: Dec 21, 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.

11. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 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...

12. ebubekir26

Posts: 337; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

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

18. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 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.

22. ebubekir26

Posts: 337; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

but you always have to comment on a bitchy way

25. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

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

26. ebubekir26

Posts: 337; Member since: Dec 21, 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...

27. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

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

5. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

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

13. TheBitterTruth unregistered

It is not for kids.

16. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

That doesn't make any sense. -_-

6. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 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.

9. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

17. N-fanboy

Posts: 543; Member since: Jan 12, 2013

Its like a tablet.... For kids lol

21. NIK01

Posts: 40; Member since: Apr 29, 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

28. techsurround

Posts: 3; Member since: Nov 20, 2013

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

29. mirexcool

Posts: 65; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Bought at Aleixspress. Satisfied! s.click.aliexpress.com/e/eMNN7meaq
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 16 GB
  • Battery 4050 mAh

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