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Huawei Ascend Mate review

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

Keeping with the theme of minimal core app design, Huawei's messaging tool opens as a blank, white screen with a thin row of icons along the bottom. Despite so much of the user experience being customisable, there is no option in the Settings for this app to change the way it looks.

Huawei keyboard

Perhaps this is a good thing, as it will keep you focused on the job at hand -- reading and writing text messages. Perhaps we are silly to want a little colour in one of the apps we will spend so much of time?

In the composition window, you can easily add a contact to the message using a link to the Contacts app from within the message. You can select multiple contacts this way and send our a group message.

Once you have settled on who will receive the missive, you bring up the Huawei Keyboard to write out your thoughts.

This keyboard isn't among the best OEM designed virtual keyboards we've used lately, with poor auto-correction for spelling errors, and way too many keystrokes to manually fix up typos.

We do love that one of the option in the keyboard settings is an option to make the keyboard much bigger than the default onscreen height. There are four sizes to choose from, but we just went straight for the largest size and suggest you do too.

You can also switch easily between a full-QWERTY keyboard layout and a simpler T9 keypad map by swiping from one side of the keyboard to the other.

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.