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Huawei Ascend Mate review

At 6 inches, can we really class this as a smartphone?

While there is a lot of colourful and fancy design in the numerous Huawei UI themes, the calling and Contacts apps are both very minimal in design. As in, there is almost no design here to speak of.

Huawei Call log

Both apps are white screens with black text and numbers, punctuated by thumbnail photos if you have any assocaited with your contacts.

The dialling app is especially bare, with a keypad below a log of recent calls. If you have made no calls, this is just a half-screen of white space.

The app does feature speed dialling though, which is a common feature on most phones these days. Basically, this gives you the option to enter a phone number, or type in the name of a contact using the T9 dial-pad.

In the Contacts app, you can select which source you wish to view contacts from; be that your SIM card, Google Account, work email account or a combination of all the accounts you have synced on the device. Frustratingly, there is no way to filter out contacts with no phone number associated (like Twitter contacts) so we've found our list to be quite an unruly mess.

Actually placing and receiving calls was fine during our review. The earpiece speaker was loud enough and the people we spoke with commented that we sounded clear. Not extraordinarily loud or clear, but good enough.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
TouchscreenYes
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported32 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyEDGE, GPRS, HSDPA, HSUPA, UMTS
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationNo
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilyAscend Mate
Cellular Generation3G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 850, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 1700, WCDMA 1900, WCDMA 2100
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution8 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraYes
Phone StyleBar
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameHuawei
Screen Size15.5 cm (6.1")
Screen Resolution1280 x 720
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)198 g
Processor CoreQuad-core (4 Core)
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Processor ManufacturerHiSilicon
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 4.0
Operating System VersionAndroid 4.1 Jelly Bean
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Pixel Density241 ppi
Height163.5 mm
Width85.7 mm
Depth9.9 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time216 Hour
ManufacturerHuawei Technologies Co., Ltd
Product NameAscend Mate Smartphone
Processor Speed1.50 GHz
Product LineAscend Mate
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Gyro Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Digital Compass
Manufacturer Part NumberAscend Mate
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.huawei.com
Marketing Information

6.1"HD Screen with Highest Screen-to-Body Ratio

A 6.1-inch HD Screen. It offers optimal experience for gaming, reading text-heavy webpages, and also viewing photos and videos. Its compact design with highest screen-to-body ratio is a huge step ahead. We manage to place a very large screen into a small case and thus the phone still fits into your pocket and also gives a comfortable grip.

4050mAh Super Large Battery

Ascend Mate features a 4050 mAh battery and 1.5 GHz quad-core processor. With QPC and ADRX smart power-saving technology, the smartphone provides up to two days of ordinary usage on a single charge. It has the fastest battery charging capability of smartphones in its range, which saves over 30% of battery charging time.