Specs summary

Screen
6.1"

The Huawei Ascend Mate's screen is 6.1 inches with 720 x 1280 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.5 GHz

There is a Hi-Silicon K3V2 Quad-core 1.5 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system (OS).

Camera
8+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 8+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 1+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
16 GB

Internal memory is 16 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
4050mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 4050 mAh battery. Huawei's performance ratings are 9 days standby time, 1512 minutes (2G), 1680 minutes (3G).


Reviews (7.4/10 Avg. rating)


Digital Versus

A phablet for the masses

from Digital Versus

Both fluid and responsive, the Huawei Ascend Mate has an effective, user-friendly interface that makes it fun to use. It shortcomings, such as the lack of 4G compatibility and low headphone volume, may turn off some users, but otherwise this phone is a worthwhile buy for anyone looking for a phablet that doesn't cost a fortune.

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Both fluid and responsive, the Huawei Ascend Mate has an effective, user-friendly interface that makes it fun to use. It shortcomings, such as the lack of 4G compatibility and low headphone volume, may turn off some users, but otherwise this phone is a worthwhile buy for anyone looking for a phablet that doesn't cost a fortune.

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Mobile Syrup

A worthy entry into the so-called phablet market

from Mobile Syrup

In short, I like the Huawei Ascend Mate. The Chinese company knows its audience, and is trying to negotiate a form factor that was recently reserved for devices twice this price. This is no Galaxy Note, but it’s a worthy entry into the so-called phablet market, and an excellent addition to WIND Mobile’s lineup.

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In short, I like the Huawei Ascend Mate. The Chinese company knows its audience, and is trying to negotiate a form factor that was recently reserved for devices twice this price. This is no Galaxy Note, but it’s a worthy entry into the so-called phablet market, and an excellent addition to WIND Mobile’s lineup.

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The Inquirer

Huawei's phablet is unlikely to fend off its similarly sized competitors

from The Inquirer

The Huawei Ascend Mate clearly won't appeal to everybody. Huawei is looking to attract those after a massively screened phone, and it might, with the screen proving surprisingly crisp and the handset boasting one of the best batteries of any device in its category.

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The Huawei Ascend Mate clearly won't appeal to everybody. Huawei is looking to attract those after a massively screened phone, and it might, with the screen proving surprisingly crisp and the handset boasting one of the best batteries of any device in its category.

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The Mobile Indian

It is worth buying if you love big screen Android smartphone

from The Mobile Indian

Huawei Ascend Mate is a smartphone worth having if you love large screen devices, want good battery backup. Huawei Ascend Mate is in direct competition to Galaxy 6.3 and 5.8, but the pull factor in Huawei is its price and better design. It is such a smartphone...More

Huawei Ascend Mate is a smartphone worth having if you love large screen devices, want good battery backup. Huawei Ascend Mate is in direct competition to Galaxy 6.3 and 5.8, but the pull factor in Huawei is its price and better design. It is such a smartphone that one will not regret buying if they love big screen Android smartphone.

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Know Your Mobile

Bland design, lags when performing processor-intensive tasks

from Know Your Mobile

If extended battery life and a huge screen for web browsing is all your after, then the Huawei Ascend Mate will see you right. However, those after an immersive gaming experience might find the processor lets things down a little. Waiting for Samsung's Galaxy Mega 6.3 might be a better option.

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If extended battery life and a huge screen for web browsing is all your after, then the Huawei Ascend Mate will see you right. However, those after an immersive gaming experience might find the processor lets things down a little. Waiting for Samsung's Galaxy Mega 6.3 might be a better option.

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Mobile88

Its appeal truly lies with its gigantic screen size

from Mobile88

Huawei’s phablet is a competent device, it rocks some pretty decent hardware at its price point, however it hardly stands out. It neither overly sleek nor overly powerful, so its appeal truly lies with its gigantic screen size. However, we should point out that we liked what Huawei’s did with the Emotion UI, it manages to merge the Android and the UI seamlessly together. The result is a simpler experience when it comes to operating the phone....

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Huawei’s phablet is a competent device, it rocks some pretty decent hardware at its price point, however it hardly stands out. It neither overly sleek nor overly powerful, so its appeal truly lies with its gigantic screen size. However, we should point out that we liked what Huawei’s did with the Emotion UI, it manages to merge the Android and the UI seamlessly together. The result is a simpler experience when it comes to operating the phone.

All in all, the price point likely makes one the most affordable phablets out there though, and if you insist on a big screen to get you through the day, but is willing to sacrifice looks or high-end performance, the Ascend Mate is definitely for you.

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Expert Reviews

Solid build, great battery life, competitive price

from Expert Reviews

Even though large display has a resolution of 720p instead of 1080p like most of the high-end smart phones, it looks crystal-clear. The phone has the highest screen to body ratio on a smartphone and is also comfortable to hold it in a single hand. The phone has non-removable back cover which doesn’t give you access to change the battery, but the huge battery has enough juice to power the device for about 2 days on a single charge. The UI might take some time to get familiar and the performance is average which are some of the drawbacks....

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Even though large display has a resolution of 720p instead of 1080p like most of the high-end smart phones, it looks crystal-clear. The phone has the highest screen to body ratio on a smartphone and is also comfortable to hold it in a single hand. The phone has non-removable back cover which doesn’t give you access to change the battery, but the huge battery has enough juice to power the device for about 2 days on a single charge. The UI might take some time to get familiar and the performance is average which are some of the drawbacks.

Overall, the Ascend Mate is definitely one of the best large screen smartphone or a phablet in the Indian market and Huawei has sensibly priced it. If you need a huge phone with good display and great battery life under 25k, go for it.

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GSMArena

Gentle giant

In terms of screen size, the Huawei Ascend Mate slots in between the Galaxy Mega 5.8 and the Mega 6.3. However in terms of specs, it's a lot closer to the upper end, that is the Mega 6.3, and yet notably cheaper than it. That's a solid start for the Chinese phablet, which is just an NFC radio and...More

In terms of screen size, the Huawei Ascend Mate slots in between the Galaxy Mega 5.8 and the Mega 6.3. However in terms of specs, it's a lot closer to the upper end, that is the Mega 6.3, and yet notably cheaper than it. That's a solid start for the Chinese phablet, which is just an NFC radio and LTE support short of matching its Samsung rival.

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Android Authority

The Mate definitely bridges the gap between large phones and small tablets

from Android Authority

Despite a few issues here and there, like the okay buy not great camera and the slightly dated chipset architecture, there is an awful lot to like about the Huawei Ascend Mate. Whether the simplified, somewhat unusual UI appeals to you is up in the air, but if you like the idea of a large screen...More

Despite a few issues here and there, like the okay buy not great camera and the slightly dated chipset architecture, there is an awful lot to like about the Huawei Ascend Mate. Whether the simplified, somewhat unusual UI appeals to you is up in the air, but if you like the idea of a large screen on your phone, you could certainly do worse, especially if you don't mind 720p.

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Coolsmartphone

A fantastic device, but you have to decide whether you can handle the size

from Coolsmartphone

I tell you what the best bit about this device is… well… the best bits.. First, it’s a quality build. Second, it’s (just about) a phone. Sure, it seriously stomps all over the “phablet” line, but you can actually use it as a phone. Thirdly, it’s cheap....

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I tell you what the best bit about this device is… well… the best bits.. First, it’s a quality build. Second, it’s (just about) a phone. Sure, it seriously stomps all over the “phablet” line, but you can actually use it as a phone. Thirdly, it’s cheap.

When you’re at home this will replace your tablet. Believe me, at no time have I thought, “Hey, this website is getting on my nerves, I need a bigger screen”, because the Ascend Mate copes very easily with it. It’s fast, the battery life is pretty epic and the speaker works well, producing a very good sound.

 

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Full Specs

Overview
Release date May 21, 2013
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kindom
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1700/1900 /2100 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+
SIM card Micro-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

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Processor Hi-Silicon K3V2 Quad-core 1.5 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 16 GB
RAM 2 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 4050 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time 738 minutes
Wi-Fi Surfing Time 497 minutes
3G Surfing Time 630 minutes
4G Surfing Time No
Talk Time 1512 minutes
3G Talk Time Up to: 1680 minutes (3G)
Standby Time Up to: 9 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Crystal Black, Pure White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 16.4 x 8.6 x 1.0 cm (6.5 x 3.4 x 0.4 in)
Weight 198 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 720 x 1280 pixels
Pixel density 241 pixels
Size 6.1 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, Google Talk
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support Yes
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallett No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, ISO, Panorama, White balance, HDR
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, AVI
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Resolution
1+ megapixels
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, MP4, eAAC+, AAC+
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, AVI
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable ()
Included Software / Apps -
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