Huawei Ascend Mate

It could be a small tablet, but instead, Huawei is calling it the world's largest phone. With a 6.1-inch screen, it is sure to be quite a handful.


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First impressions

After several years of sitting on the sidelines, packing prepaid shelves with super-cheap Android devices, it looks like Huawei is ready to make waves in 2013. The Ascend Mate is a phone that will turn heads, but maybe not for the right reasons.

With a screen measuring 6.1-inches diagonally, the Mate is definitely more on the side of tablets, though Huawei is pitching it as a phone. At the end of 2010, we joked about people using the 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab as a phone — imagining them holding the paperback-sized tablet to their ear to take a call. The screen on the Mate is less than an inch smaller than that on the Tab, but will this make it any less funny?

All said, Samsung's Galaxy Note has proved popular, especially (but not exclusively) with young women. We often see these women with their small hands handling the Note with ease around our office here in Sydney, and as much as it may seem funny, it doesn't look funny when these same smartphone users take calls with the 5.5-inch Note. Perhaps the concept of a device being "too big" is dissolving as the size of handsets creeps up each year.

The Ascend Mate is powered by a quad-core processor, designed by Huawei's HiSilicon and clocked a 1.5GHz. There is 2GB RAM in there too, and with the speed enhancements in the Android Jelly Bean platform, this phone should run extremely well.

The screen isn't the 1080p resolution we're expecting to see from brands like HTC, Samsung and Sony this year. Instead, Huawei uses a 1280x720-pixel resolution for the 6.1-inch LCD. This results in a far lower pixel density than in the competition this year, and is something we'll look forward to comparing when we have a chance to review the Mate, though it's hard to tell when this will be exactly. Huawei will launch the Mate in China in February, but no plans for the rest of the world have been announced yet.



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The Stav posted a comment   
Australia

I also, after initially have some doubt over the quality of phones coming out of China, 'rushed' out and bought the Ascend Mate.All Harvey Nornan stores in Perth (I checked) 10 days after my purchase, still haven't a Huawei on display and yet they are the only retailer selling them.The specs are almost identical to the Note 2 with the exceptions being 4g and a pen. However at $289 cheaper than the Note I can easily live without these.My current phone is 4g connected and is only marginally faster than 3g. I run speedtests regularly.The construction is on par with any high end device. The screen and the viewing angles are faultless considering the low pixel density.The huge 4050mAh battery gives me roughly 20 hours of mixed use.Huawei's 'Emotion' UI gives me fast access to apps or anything else.At only 5mm wider than the Note 2 this phone fits in my pants pocket, a 7" tablet that is 3g capable, won't. This is why Huawei are calling it a phone.Because of the size of this device and it's multimedia capabilities I no longer feel compelled to buy a tablet.I would recommend the smartphone to anyone.

 

jakosalem posted a comment   

I just bought this monster 2 weeks ago from Harvey Norman for $429. It is actually a good phone. Best thing I like about it is with its big screen, you don't need to charge the battery twice a day (Like I did with my GNote 1).

Only thing I don't like is that it actually only has 1GB of RAM and not 2GB as described in this review. It is also said 2GB on the HN website before I bought it but they since changed it to 1GB, for reasons I don't know.

 

BrightBurner posted a comment   
Australia

In all honesty, I really hope these 6"+ display phones don't become a trend. Sure, the Galaxy Note/Note II did quite well, but it really takes unique features like the S-Pen to make these phones practical.

 

sophies posted a comment   
Australia

look is very nice........ i like it.......

 

Croc posted a comment   
Australia

But it is not the worlds largest phone is it I have a Samsung Galaxy tab2 7.7inch ? it has a phone built in.

 

Pining posted a comment   
Australia

It does look a fair bit like the GS2.

I wonder if apple will sue them, too!

 

trancedictive posted a comment   
Australia

Looks like a SGS2 only much larger.

 

Will1505 posted a comment   

The whole phone is 1.5cm taller that the original note, same width and thickness. Funny ha ha or funny peculiar?

 

trebor83 posted a reply   
Australia

So you mean its ridiculous...

 

Will1505 posted a reply   

Ridiculously good yes

 

trebor83 posted a reply   
Australia

Yeah... Sure... Why not...

 

PeterW7 posted a comment   

With 1280x720-pixel resolution

 

Pining posted a comment   
Australia

I amuses me that yo laugh at it's size.

Mobile phones were BIG long before they were small.




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  • The Stav

    The Stav

    "I also, after initially have some doubt over the quality of phones coming out of China, 'rushed' out and bought the Ascend Mate.All Harvey Nornan stores in Perth (I checked) 10 days after my purcha..."

  • jakosalem

    jakosalem

    "I just bought this monster 2 weeks ago from Harvey Norman for $429. It is actually a good phone. Best thing I like about it is with its big screen, you don't need to charge the battery twice a day ..."

  • BrightBurner

    BrightBurner

    "In all honesty, I really hope these 6"+ display phones don't become a trend. Sure, the Galaxy Note/Note II did quite well, but it really takes unique features like the S-Pen to make these phones pr..."

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