Interface and functionality

Samsung's Nature UX on top of Android 4.2 is full to the brim of features like Smart Stay or Air View, as well as gesture navigation, which you may or may not use at all. It, however, sports the best way to multitask on Android – the multi-window mode of Samsung, which splits the screen in two, letting you run any two apps at once – a feature that comes very useful on such a giant display.


Huawei's Emotion UI is coated over Android 4.1.2 and keeps it simpler, even getting rid of the app drawer once and for all, shifting focus to the homescreens, where compact widgets can be arranged closely to fill the vast screen real estate, and tucking the apps in categorized folders on other screens. We can't say we missed the ragtag app drawer at all, but Huawei's fresh ideas didn't dry up here.


The Chinese introduce the smartest way to navigate with on-screen buttons we've seen yet, letting you hide the navigation bar in any app with a small arrow on its left, or flick it up with your finger when you need it. This allows you to take advantage of the whole screen area in apps other than the video player and the gallery – a better way to do it than Google's stock Android.


Huawei also supplies a nifty way to quickly load profiles with a jog dialer that can switch between Sleep, Home, Work, Normal and so on modes. Within them you can arrange screen brightness, sync and connectivity options to your heart's desire, and even schedule them for exact times. All of these above, together with the numerous themes available for the Emotion UI, make it one of the most simple yet functional manufacturer launchers we've seen yet.



Processor and memory

Huawei put its own K3V2 quad-core chipset in the Ascend Mate, clocking it at 1.5 GHz. Samsung used off-the-shelf Snapdragon 400 with two cores clocked at 1.7 GHz. Qualcomm's chip in the Mega 6.3 demonstrated to be faster in synthetic benchmarks, though that doesn't translate into more fluid interface performance or faster app loading than the Ascend Mate. The one hiccup we had with the Mate is that it couldn't run GLBenchmark, which is optimized for Snapdragon and Exynos chipset measurements, rather than the exotic Hi-Silicon K3V2 concoction.


Quadrant Standard AnTuTu GLBenchmark 2.5 (Egypt HD) Vellamo
(HTML5 / Metal)
Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 6828 13392 2980 / 25 fps 2000 / 698
Huawei Ascend Mate 5195 15615 n /a 1626 / 469


The Hauwei Ascend Mate flaunts a faster 42.2 Mbit/s HSPA+ radio, whereas the Mega 6.3 makes do with a 21.1 Mbit/s, though it would be great if your carrier can provide even half of that in reality. The phones have Bluetooth 4.0, A-GPS and DLNA radios.


Samsung has put the fastest Wi-Fi/ac standard in its phone, though such routers and connections are yet to make it mainstream. It also provides an MHL port for wired connectivity, while Huawei placed a regular microUSB at the bottom of the phone.

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15 Comments

1. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

Samsung galaxy mega all the way!!!

8. TheBitterrTruth unregistered

Pathetic

2. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Huawei Ascend Mate all the way!

3. affandi

Posts: 85; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

When side by side like this, you can clearly see the blue hue that Samsung still have on their so called "black" color variant! And the pattern is pretty ugly, why not just offer a pure black without pattern, just like the ascend mate.. is it so hard Samsung?

4. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Huawei looks so much more premium! :)

10. Mobilephile

Posts: 166; Member since: Nov 25, 2012

I agree, been testing it out for a couple months now and it's a great phone/mini-tablet. I like Samsung but think Huawei's linear design is more sophisticated + serious than the curves of the Galaxies language. -sent from Huawei Ascend Mate

5. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Ascend looks better.

6. tech3 unregistered

The Ascend Mate looks much better!

7. TheBitterrTruth unregistered

Congratulations to the New Phablet King - Ascend MATE! Next war will be between HTC Phablet One VS Note 3 vs Sony Honami :)

9. epicandroid

Posts: 40; Member since: Nov 08, 2012

Galaxy Mega is waaaaay better than the Ascend Mate...The mate's camera position plus back panel makes for an uglier combination versus Samsung's BEAST.

11. GamePlayer

Posts: 51; Member since: Jun 06, 2013

Huawei Ascend mate won, which looks and feels better, has better sunlight visibilty, better call quality, better battery and in other fields, it is either competing with Galaxy Mega or is better. Only good thing Galaxy Mega has against Huawei's phone is is it's better camera. Apparently, some samsung fanboys just cannot digest the fact that Galaxy Mega lost to Huawei Ascend Mate. If you think Huawei Ascend Mate is worse than Samsung's Mega giant, then please, prove you point. I'm waiting.

14. TheChiefLives

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 09, 2013

The Huawei asend mate is an awesome phone but the deal breaker for me was the terrible 3d gaming,its physically chunkier and the os roms on the mate crash. The Mega is faster with only a dual core CPU and a way better gpu, sorry I had both there is no way that the mate performs better in real time usage.

12. najib1312

Posts: 155; Member since: May 08, 2013

Guys, u can't simply compare these 2 based on specs alone. Consider the price as well. I believe the Huawei will be very expensive than both Mega and Note series. My personal preference would be an S4 Active or a Note 2.

13. TheChiefLives

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 09, 2013

The Huawei ascend mate is an awesome phone it has a long battery life, fm radio, and i kinda like the square design, and its interface is fast. What I didnt like is the GPU which is bad games like real racing, need for speed, any 3d game lagged badly even simple games like samurai vs ninja lagged sometimes and load times are long. This was the deal breaker for me, I needed a phablet that was capable for gaming and everything else. If you dont intend on gaming it is a very formidable contender. I sold my mate and purchased a samsung mega 6.3 and have to tell you that the graphics processor is way better in fact I find that it plays need for speed better than my note 2 and the slim design is better I like the bigger screen and the bezel is smaller, not sure why some earlier said that the bezel was big. The Mega fits into my pocket as well and because its thinner it seems like it does not stick out as much as the Mate did. Yes I like the mega better the huawei ascend mate and the note 2. Oh also I forgot the huawei roms are buggy be prepared for that had several application crashes. If you can find a huawei ascend mate for around 350 it is not a bad deal but for me I need the whole enchilada gaming included so I choose the galaxy mega.

15. mirexcool

Posts: 65; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

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