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.

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