The phones have 8 MP rear cameras with LED flash next to them. Samsung's camera interface provides more shooting modes, like Best Face, Sound&shot, Drama and so on, though Huawei covers most of the basics, too, including HDR and Beauty shot.

Pictures come out too soft from the Ascend Mate, almost everywhere in the frame but the center. The phone measures for an accurate white balance otherwise, and has a natural color representation. The Galaxy Mega 6.3 produces a tad oversaturated photos, which, however, look sharper and more appealing. It has a stronger LED flash, too, while the Ascend Mate struggles to illuminate the scene properly even from about five feet.

Video is recorded with 1080p resolution and 30fps by both handsets, and runs fluid with no skipped frames or excessive artifacts. The Mega 6.3 tends to oversaturate the colors in the footage, just like it does with the still shots.

Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 Sample Video:

Huawei Ascend Mate Sample Video:

Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 Indoor Sample Video:

Huawei Ascend Mate Indoor Sample Video:

Huawei has one big advantage here, as it has put two noise-canceling mics top and bottom, which, due to the large distance between them, can record very clean and strong stereo audio, similar to the Nokia 808 PureView.


Samsung's Gallery app is more versatile than Huawei's, providing a split-view mode and numerous editing options, whereas the Ascend Mate has a simple tiled layout and more limited actions for altering your photos on the handset itself.

In the music player app Samsung also sports an advantage with its numerous equalizer presets and sound modes, to which Huawei responds only with a button for turning Dolby Mobile's faux surround sound on and off. The Dolby regime, however, does make for a very audible difference in sound strength and fulness, and the Ascend Mate also sports an excellent clean loudspeaker to pump out those tunes through.

All popular video formats, including DivX/Xvid/MKV footage, can be played on the handsets without a hitch, and at Full HD resolutions at that.



1. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

Samsung galaxy mega all the way!!!

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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

Bought at Aleixspress. Satisfied!

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