Huawei Ascend Mate Review

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Looking to overtake pricey competitors, the Ascend Mate is definitely one of the phones to look out for when you’re shopping for a smartphone with a tight budget. But does it perform well for the average user or is it simply cheap?


At a whooping 6.1 inches, you can expect to need both hands in manipulating the device most of the time. With all the bigger phones coming back into trend, however, this may not be a major issue, especially for those who are looking for a massive display. Though it’s a bit larger than the Samsung Galaxy Note II, there’s not much of a difference when it comes to handling this phone.

Huawei is one of the few companies which still utilize the traditional SIM card socket used in older phones, and including a micro-SIM socket for the Ascend Mate is a very welcome adjustment. You can also find a micro-SD card slot on the phone’s left-hand side. One downside is that the battery isn’t removable, however, the enormous battery can supply enough power so it might not pose a major problem.


You might be up for some disappointment because the specs speak only of 1280×720 (241ppi). However, unlike high resolution handsets, this allows Ascend to come at a lower price and a longer battery life. Although it may not look as sharp as the screens of high-end competitors, it looks nevertheless terrific. Moreover, this resolution fits perfectly with the majority of YouTube and other online videos which have 720p.


For its price, having a quad-core processor backed up by 2GB of RAM is simply amazing. Unfortunately, the interface may be running some nasty things to make it slower and sometimes even unresponsive as opposed to the spec. Still, it’s nothing too serious, and you may observe these things in some other phones as well. For more important things such as video playback, the phone does perform excellently.


Unfortunately, some of the photos from the 8-megapixel shooter are a bit disappointing, which should not come as a surprise in the Huawei line. While detail was reasonable, the problems commonly lie in lack of color accuracy. The detail may also drop in low light. On the bright side, it does produce good video quality and can record up to 1080p of nice video in good lighting.


  • Reasonably priced
  • Good battery life
  • Big screen
  • Expandable memory


  • Not a very competitive camera
  • Massive size may not be for everyone
  • Battery not removable


The Verdict

Size does matter, and being one of the biggest phones in the market today, the Huawei Ascend Mate is not for everyone. This is for those who does not only want a gigantic screen, but for those who have already thought about the possible ups and downs of owning a massive device. Still, everything else does look good. With good build quality, impressive specs, expandable storage, enormous battery supply, and a large and decent screen, Huawei does offer much more than what it charges for this handset.

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