Hauwei Ascend Mate Review
Prompted by the recent success of Samsung’s Galaxy Note II, Huawei has come up with its own phablet, Hauwei Ascend Mate is larger than Note II. Can this Latest phablet offer enough to beat Samsung? Read the full review to find out.
The description of Huawei Ascend Mate includes:
- dual-core 5GHz processor
- Android 4.1.2 operating system
- 2GB RAM, 8GB storage and an expansion slot for external memory
- 5 length; 85.7 mm width and 9.9 mm thickness
- A display of 1-inch and 720 x 1280 pixels display resolution
- It weighs 198g
- Price of $400 approx
- The material of the build is sturdy and durable.
- The design is simple but graceful.
- Huawei Ascend Mate is certainly larger than previously introduced phablets. The phablet meant for one hand use in portrait mode, but we found ourselves using both hands just for support.
- Measuring 9.9 mm it is definitely thicker than Note 2.
- At 198g it feels a bit heavy for comfortable use. You will definitely feel it sitting in the trouser.
- The front fascia has no buttons at all.
- Huawei logo embossed beneath the screen.
- The power button and volume rocker button located along the right edge. The power button is above the volume rocker button, more than often we pressed the volume rocker button instead of the power button.
- Micro SIM slot on left edge
- On the top edge, there is a micro SD cards slot and a 3.5mm headphone jack.
- And the bottom edge, there is micro USB card slot.
- The backplate non removeable so you cannot reach to the battery.
- The phablet has a 6.1-inch display with 720 pixels display resolution, which is very disappointing considering that 2011 flagship devices held 720p display.
- The pixel density of 240 ppm is a complete letdown
- Viewing angels are good.
- The brightness level is also good.
- Colour temperature can be adjusted to suit your needs.
- Glove mode allows you to use your phablet in winter as well.
- The display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass.
- The resolution is low which was noticeable during video viewing.
- The processing speed of Huawei Ascend Mate was noticeably faster than Note II but it is still not up to date considering the latest trends.
- The dual-core 5GHz processor along with 2GB RAM provided extremely smooth and buttery performance.
- The processor performed all the tasks with excellent speed, so even the 3D games were lag free.
Memory & Battery
- The phablet has 8GB of built-in storage of which only 4.5GB is available to the user.
- The 4.5 GB is further reduced to 3.5 GB as 1 GB of space is filled with different apps.
- The memory can augmented using of microSD card.
- You cannot remove the battery, it will easily get you through two days with frugal use, but the battery drained pretty quickly during gaming and other heavy processes.
- The battery takes very long to charge completely.
- The back houses an 8-megapixel camera, while the front holds a 1-megapixel camera.
- The camera quality is average in good light conditions, while in situations where there was low light the snapshots were average.
- The camera performance is also lag-free.
- You can recird 720 pixels videos.
- Huawei Ascend Mate runs Android 4.1.2 operating system.
- Huawei Ascend Mate has used Huawei’s Emotion UI, which is quite good but a little disorienting due to the fact that there is no app drawer. Everything felt cluttered.
- The phone dialer, lock screen, and keyboard can be minimized to the bottom right or left corner, which makes it perfect for thumb use.
- There is a Chatheadstyle button that is located beneath your thumb, on pressing it reveals four app icons.
- There is also a power management mode, which helped reduced power consumption when the battery was low.
- All the apps are placed in glossy boxes with rounded corners.
- The phablet has pre-installed networking apps and an Office Suite.
There are many positive and negative points about the phablet; the resolution is not good, the camera gives low-quality snapshots and the storage is not enough either but the design, style, performance and battery life are great. The size of the phone is huge but there are no extra features, for example, it is not stylus supported. Huawei Ascend Mate has not thought out its strategy very carefully, this phablet is just a waste of opportunity.
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