The Huawei Ascend Mate (“The HAM”) – A Non-Techhead’s Review
31 May 2014
Conclusion: The only amazing feature of the HAM, for me, is its battery life. You’ve probably never seen a battery that last as long’s as the HAM’s. Apologies to Duracell (unless they built it). A fully charged HAM typically lasts a rigorous, full working day of emails, social media, talking, gaming and so on.
Excerpt: Remember how, during a hangout last September, members of the Mobility team talked about Huawei’s silence in Nigeria ? Well, that looks to become history. Huawei has not been very visible in the Nigerian smartphone market, but the world’s number 3 smartphone maker has a line up of devices that they are flooding the Nigerian market with. I spent some time having a look at some of those devices today, and it is clear that they mean business.
Summary: A lot of our time at Ausdroid is spent paying attention to the top tier of Android device manufacturers – while Samsung is doubtless the heavyweight of the Android world, you’d almost certainly include HTC and LG as peers. Below that, there exists a broad second tier, where other manufacturers toil away without the mindshare, design , manufacturing, marketing or technical prowess that characterises that top tier.
Pros: Great screen, Huge battery, Feels good in-hand, despite size
Cons: Sluggish performance, Complicated user interface, 6 month old Android OS, Incredulous looks from bystanders
Summary: For Rs. 24,900 you get some pretty good specifications under the hood of the Ascend Mate and a really large display. For the same price you get some really great performing devices such as the Nexus 4, Samsung Galaxy S3 and more. What the Ascend Mate brings to the table is a really large display that's good for running multimedia content and playing games but considering the size of the device we wish the resolution were higher than 720p.
Pros: Smooth interface, Display is good for multimedia content, Simple design, Runs games and apps smoothly
Cons: Lacklustre camera, Display resolution could be better, Uncomfortable for single hand use
Summary: The Ascend Mate may not be for everyone but for those looking at over-sized smartphones, this could be it. It’s a very capable smartphone and could be an ideal replacement for a tablet-smartphone combo at a very compelling price point.
Galaxy Mega 6.3 vs. Ascend Mate: Shadows of giants
23 June 2013
Conclusion: If you go back to count the individual wins, you'll find that the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 won most of the challenges. But it's no secret that you can get a better device for more money and, unfortunately for the Mega 6.3, it costs more than the Galaxy Note II at the time of writing and considerably more than its opponent. The Huawei Ascend Mate makes no claims to be the best device in the world, but the difference in pricing levels things out.
Summary: Big, bigger, Huawei Ascend Mate. Although officially a smartphone, the Huawei Ascend Mate could pass easily as a tablet with its 6.1-inch display. But as the test shows, the XXL phone has quite a bit more to offer than just its imposing screen.
Pros: Very large 6.1-inch display, High-quality workmanship, Very bend and torsion resistant, Precise and bright touchscreen, Large viewing angle stability, Up to 21 Mbit/s in UMTS network, supports LTE, Good performance for games and applications, Very good battery life, The 6.1-inch very bright screen, with the Ascend placed between the smartphone and tablet camps. Huawei sells the test subject officially as a smartphone.
Cons: Reflective surface, Image quality of cameras only average, Occasional quiet extraneous noise while phoning with landlines, Moderate speaker sound, A better quality main camera. A resolution of 8 MP isn't everything – the Ascend Mate doesn't take bad photos, but the competition can often take better. Really good camera modules are found in the Apple iPhone 5 and the Google Nexus 4.
Conclusion: A niche pioneered by Samsung is suddenly such a busy place that the Koreans are forced to revisit it with a new strategy. Smartphone manufacturers, big and small, are keen to emulate the success of the Note lineup, without actually meaning to stand in its way. But the influx of genuinely affordable alternatives is causing Samsung to act.
Pros: Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE; penta-band 3G with HSPA, 6.1" 16M-color 720p IPS+ LCD capacitive touchscreen with Gorilla Glass, Magic Touch, usable with gloves, Android OS v4.1.2 Jelly Bean with Emotion UI, Quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A9, 16-core GPU; Huawei K3V2 chipset, 2GB of RAM, 8 MP autofocus camera with LED flash, 1080p video recording @ 30fps, continuous autofocus and stereo sound, 1 MP front-facing camera, 720p video recording, Dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct an...
Cons: Big, even for a phablet, No homescreen auto-rotation, Non user-replaceable battery, No NFC, Outdated CPU architecture