Huawei Ascend Mate

Huawei Ascend Mate Review and Price in Kenya

December 30, 2013
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Hybrids between Phones and Tablets i.e Phablets are currently the hot trending gadgets especially for ‘fast-paced’ professionals. The huge demand for the gadgets is fueled by the huge productivity advantage they provide coupled with their unique portability aspect.

In light of this development, let’s jump right on the subject matter, the Huawei Ascend Mate. The Huawei Ascend Mate is yet another exciting addition by the Chinese handset manufacturer to its Ascend line of Smartphones.Designers definitely took some sweet time on the device and the exterior design is by far exquisite,

However, what will be of much interest is to see whether it’s a case of beauty with brains. Will its technical specifications be at par with its beautiful design?


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Here we go, presenting a comprehensive strip down of the Huawei Ascend Mate.

Huawei Ascend Mate

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Display

The Huawei Ascend Mate comes in at 6.1 inches IPS+ LCD capacitive touchscreen that is impressively vibrant. The massive screen comes with some decent viewing angles and adequate screen visibility even under direct sunlight.

The screen comes with 720 x 1280 pixels dimensions and a 241-ppi pixel density screen resolution.It is worth noting that despite the huge display, the phone is quite compact and feels great in the hands. Designers of the phones clearly had ergonomics on top of their priority list for the handset.

The navigation keys are strategically placed making one-handed operations on the phone quite a delight. A layer of corning gorilla glass gracefully covers the display to keep nasty scratches at bay.

Body and Design

The Huawei Ascend Mate measures at 163.5 x 85.7 x 9.9 mm (6.44 x 3.37 x 0.39 in). This comes in at a superb surprise considering the gigantic display on the device. It has a smooth glossy design and a metallic rim around its edges. This works well and gives the phone a premium look and feel.

 

Technical Specifications

The Huawei Ascend Mate measures at 163.5 x 85.7 x 9.9 mm (6.44 x 3.37 x 0.39 in). This comes in at a superb surprise considering the gigantic display on the device. It has a smooth glossy design and a metallic rim around its edges.

This works well and gives the phone a premium look and feel.Under the hood, the Huawei Ascend Mate a 1.5 GHz quad-core Cortex-A9 CPU and 2GB of RAM powers the device. This is quite a bargain for a phone in its price range and makes it stands out among its peers.

The transition between home screens is quite smooth and due to the abundant RAM, lag is literally non-existent.On the software aspect, the phone comes shipped with Android OS, v4. 1 (Jelly Bean). It is however upgradable to v4.2.2 (Jelly Bean).

One interesting feature of the Huawei Ascend Mate is the Emotion UI 1.5 interface placed on top of the stock Jelly Bean OS. The UI gives the phone a contemporary look and the premium iOS feel.Additionally, the Phone comes with 20 inbuilt themes that you can mix to match your preference.

The phone comes with 8GB of Internal memory and a card slot that supports a 64 GB MicroSD. Connectivity is quite satisfactory on the phone with HSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.7 Mbps and Bluetooth v4.0.

Multimedia

As it is the norm, the phone has an 8 MP, 3264×2448 pixel snapper with an Auto Focus and an LED flash. The photo samples from the phone are quite impressive and well detailed. Additionally, the phone interface is quite slick and has an abundance of features for tweaking photos. The phone supports stereo audio recording for videos.

The Huawei Ascend Mate bridges the gap between premium technical features and affordability. The Phablet will definitely give other ‘biggies’ within it ranks a serious run for their money. If you longed for a Phablet with an amazing battery life to get you through your busy schedule, Huawei Ascend Mate might just be your best bet.

The phone also comes with a 1MP front facing cameras for self-shots and video calling.

Web page rendering is quite good and its android browser supports Adobe flash which is a plus

Battery Life

The Li-Ion 4050 mAh battery is definitely the stand out feature for the phone. The battery packs in enough juice to power the device for a day or two (on normal usage). The phone currently has the highest capacity battery in the market. The downside is that the battery in non-removable.


Tech Trends Diary Verdict

The Huawei Ascend Mate bridges the gap between premium technical features and affordability. The Phablet will definitely give other ‘biggies’ within it ranks a serious run for their money.

If you longed for a Phablet with an amazing battery life to get you through your busy schedule, Huawei Ascend Mate might just be your best bet.

Tech Trends Diary Rating

Huawei Ascend Mate [usr 9]

Competitors
Competitors include the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3, Galaxy Note 2 and the LG Optimus G Pro.

Pricing in Kenya

The Huawei Ascend Mate is priced at Approx. ksh 37000 in most retail stores.
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Kevin is a Passionate Technology Enthusiast and the Lead Writer at MobiTrends. He has been writing about Smartphones and Mobile Technology since 2012. Drop him your comments below :)

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