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Huawei Ascend Mate review

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

Our Verdict

If you love big phones and battery life is a priority, the Mate could be for you. Otherwise, we'd stick to the brands you know for now.

Product features

  • Rear Camera Resolution : 8 Megapixel
  • Screen Resolution : 1280 x 720
  • Processor Core : Quad-core (4 Core)

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For

  • Great IPS display
  • Outstanding battery life
  • Decent camera

Against

  • Laggy performance
  • Too big and heavy
  • Low internal storage
  • Bland interface design

A 6.1-inch screen is crying out to be used online. Web pages look great spread across this display, especially photo rich sites like Facebook and Instagram.

To make sure you can always get online, Huawei pack the Mate with penta-band HSPA+ network connectivity, with support for 850/900/1700/1900/2100Mhz networks. This means you should be able to roam on 3G networks in most part of the world that have these networks setup.

Huawei browser 1
The default browser does a good job, though alignment can be out

There is no 4G, though. So if you are looking for the fastest mobile internet, you'll have to give the Huawei Mate a miss. Which is strange, considering that Huawei probably built the 4G network you are trying to access.

Huawei browser 2

The web browsing experience is solid, but not exception in any way. The default browser is fast enough, and features a design similar to Google's Chrome browser.

Beyond mobile network connections, the Mate has support for dual-band WiFi connections on a/b/g/n network structures. It also supports Bluetooth, including the latest version 4.0 protocols, and there is the ubiquitous GPS satellite communication too.

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
Operating System VersionAndroid 4.1 Jelly Bean
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
RealtoneYes
Call FeaturesCall Log
Pixel Density241 ppi
Height163.5 mm
Width85.7 mm
Depth9.9 mm
Radio TunerYes
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.