The Chinese company Huawei, popularly known for bringing out several devices in the Android market in the past, has come up with something big this time with the Huawei Ascend Mate having one of the biggest screens in the smartphone market, with the gigantic 6.1 inch display keeping itself nearly to the size of a tablet device and very much bugger than the latest best Samsung Galaxy Note II which had a 5.5 inch display. The phablet though would look quite different when held beside the ear to make a call, has got a display that would make the user experience better with the large screen being good for web browsing, playing games, watching videos and for more productivity.
The hybrid sized device that lies in the league between the smartphone and tablet device, has a 720p display and internally is stuffed by some high end processing, having a quad-core processor clocking at 1.5GHz speed, and supported by 2GB of RAM that would make the Ascend Mate capable of being fast on heavy usage and support multitasking easily. The Android Jelly Bean OS is modified by Huawei to bring out a refreshed UI called the Emotion UI which brings out a lot of options to make the user experience better. The notification panel supports a lot of modifications and responds according to the user’s need.
The Ascend Mate has the magic touch technology which just like the Nokia Lumia 920, would be capable of receiving the touch input even when the user has worn gloves and typing. The UI has a One-handed typing feature where the keyboard and keypad are pushed to one side based on the primary hand of the user. This is specially to make it easy for users to type numbers or messages using a single hand rather than the two hands as in a tablet device.
For that huge screen size, the Ascend Mate does look quite light, because of the weight of 198gm but at the same time the main disadvantage would be when you are making calls, or are using full-screen apps which would need two hands for a full functionality. This screen not being a 1080p one did preview the pictures captured by the camera pretty well, but we aren’t sure how good the quality would be when viewing on a larger screen. It’s an 8 megapixel camera on the rear side that has an LED flash, and a lot of options to play with. The video recording with the rear camera is possible at a 1080p HD quality. The battery is one of the best parts of the phone, with a huge 4050 mAh capacity battery which can run for long hours even though the large 6.1 inch screen keeps displaying the bright content, and the high-end processor try to keep the productivity to the maximum.
Design wise the phablet looks newt with no unnecessary physical buttons, and the white with the metal bordering making it put out a standard look. With the refreshed UI, the excessively large screen and the neat camera, Huawei has surely done a neat job but we have to wait and watch how many would try to push it down their pockets when it is launched, probably in the 2nd quarter of 2013 or earlier to that when Huawei is done with the International carrier talks. And only then we can know about the pricing of the Ascend Mate.
Following are the specifications of the Huawei Ascend Mate:
- 6.1 inch capacitive touchscreen with Corning Gorilla Glass
- Screen Resolution: 1280 x 720 pixels
- Dimensions: 163.5 x 85.7 x 9.9 mm
- Quad-core 1.5 GHz Processor with Huawei K3V2 Chipset
- RAM: 2GB
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, HSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.7 Mbps
- Rear Camera: 8 megapixel, 3264×2448 pixels, Autofocus, LED flash, 1080p video recording
- Front Camera: 1 megapixel, 720p video recording
- Battery: 4050 mAh
Thinking about something bigger or smaller than this, and which works at its best? We would recommend both from Samsung – the 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab II which has got some excellent specs, and the smaller but not really small is the Samsung Galaxy Note II which has got a 5.5 inch screen and a quad-core processor with all high-end features.