This phone has arrived on to the market and tests the boundaries of what is a smartphone and what is in fact a tablet. The screen measures 6.1 inches and certainly is the largest of the smartphones. If it were a bed, it would be a king, supersized, monster of a bed.
So, that debate aside, because it doesn’t really matter whether it’s a tablet or a phone, let’s get on to specifications and whatever it’s a great phone or just a decent phone. China has been producing pretty extraordinary phones recently. They have delivered some great specifications and this one seeks to contribute to the list of top tier, high-end phones. Expect to find contracts with O2, T-Mobile and Virgin Mobile phone networks.
Will it compete or not?
Dimensions and Look
It fits nicely in the hand and the screen goes close to the edges of the device, making maximum use of the size of the phone. Compared to the Galaxy Note 2 the Huawei Ascend Mate is slightly bigger and a bit more fiddly in the hand. When it comes to the weight of the two, they are pretty similar. It has a glossy back which helps when it comes to cradling in the hand. But there’s no textile grip at the rear and the smoothness may lead to quite a fear of these getting dropped and ending up on e-bay as faulty, sold as seen. It’s a pretty well constructed phone though and should survive minor accidents.
The 768MB RAM is disappointing as most phones at this level are opting for one or two gigabytes. This is a strange choice by Huawei, especially on a phone that is obviously going to be used for some pretty extensive media purposes, such as video, pictures and browsing.
Battery and Memory
It’s not possible to gain access to the battery to change it. But with about 4,050mAh, it will get you through the day with one charge; it is a huge battery capacity. There’s a headphone jack, a microSIM slot, and also a microSD card available to supplement what is a fairly spartan 8 GB internal memory. The slots are covered by panels that can be removed with a click of a nail, making these relatively safe from dust.
Speed, Camera and Screen
Applications run quickly and snappily, but speed is not comparable to the Galaxy Note 2 and iPhone 5. For example, the camera takes almost a second to light up. There is an 8-mega pixel camera with a flash at the back. When it comes to reviewing pictures the big screen makes the experience very good. The fantastic screen, with 16:9 aspect ratio, also makes watching movies enjoyable. Huawei has also implemented Dolby surround sound technology with the phone, making the sound amazing. The magic touch system that Huawei has implemented means that it is possible to use the phone even while wearing gloves, great for those living in colder climates.
I personally contend this is more a tablet than a smart phone but who cares. Let’s for now call it a phablet. It is not sluggish in operation but it’s not the fastest either. It is a good phone but not as good in my opinion as a Samsung Note 2 if you choose in between them, it is the Samsung Note.