Huawei Ascend Mate Android Smartphone/Tablet

No firm has truly mandated that ‘phones should only be locked to these sizes, and tablets should only bridge the size from this point to this point especially to the display.’ I still remember two or three years ago when smartphones were just on its early morning state, 3.5-inch displays were already considered big, and hence, fancy and modern. After that, we’ve witnessed a 3.7-inch display, then a 4-inch one, then, so on… until it stopped at a near round-up 5.0-inch display. There’ve been a lot of questions already if that size is still a part of a basic phone or not, but should we say, the idea is insulted with a release of a 5.5-inch display. Now, there’s the 6.1.

You might pause there and halt as you ask, ‘yet there’s the 6.3 of Samsung, right?’ Yeah, right, but we’d love to see what Huawei has in store to join the rigorous competition of big smartphones, or so we say, phablets. Introducing the new Ascend Mate of the company, phones that were once been tried to make smaller is now getting back to its big face-like sizes. The main idea of these big-screeners is simple: you get more multimedia and web contents on the fly, but you also get your face covered when you try to answer a call without a headset.

A little contrary to popular belief, the Huawei Ascend Mate doesn’t really feel that big and bulky to the hand when you hold it. Actually, for the display size, the Huawei Ascend Mate is relatively compact enough to measure 163.5×85.7×9.9mm, and only weighs a little less than 7 ounces. For a price that runs more or less $400, it’s surprising you don’t get a full aluminum body as the competition would offer for its class. However, beware of the prejudice though, since the Mate is really comfortable to hold as it melts just right in one hand. The matte plastic seemed nice as well, but the white version is just a sticky trap for fingerprints.

Along with all the ports and parts to be found on the edges of the phone, it still intimidates me to find the micro SIM card slot to be on top of the phone rather than somewhere else. Outside this, however, we get all those basic buttons accessible without reaching that far. This convenience adds to the accessibility offered also on the software side, wherein the keypad or numpad can be accessed with one finger as it can dance to your left if you are a left-handed typists. This, we’d say, is already familiar with a model offered by Samsung, but Huawei loves to blend its own style with the Emotion UI that removes the app launcher and piles all the apps on the same homescreen with nine different windows to swipe left and right.

For a 6.1-inch display, we are just happy enough to hear that Huawei includes a 720x1280p resolution that locks at 241ppi for the pixel density. We’d say that by experience, it is truly functional enough with just the right amount of colors and brightness, but unless you put your nose on the display sheet, you won’t really notice the pixels that will then pop up to your eye. The display also comes with IPS for viewing angles and Gorilla glass for a solid glass protection, but with the former, I don’t see it really working for the Mate that well because colors get a little dimmer when you’re looking at it outside the center point.

Gratefully also, for the price and for the size, the Huawei Ascend Mate is charged with a decent amount of specs and hardware features that makes it a little outdated, but still fully enjoyable and functional. Aside from the Emotion UI enhancement for the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean platform, the Mate is ran with a quad-core Intel CPU clocked at 1.5GHz, has 2GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, up to 32GB expandability, 8MP main camera with AF and flash, Bluetooth 4.0, 3G HSDPA connectivity, dual-band Wi-Fi, and a whopping 4050mAh battery life which is the biggest non-removable battery we could ever encounter on smart devices today. The only missing in the Mate is the NFC.

The Huawei Ascend Mate series is a good candidate for being a big-screener, but outside the big display and the big battery, the Mate is nothing better than Samsung’s top-of-the-line models. If you want a more powerful camera, a richer fuller-HD display, and a seemingly decent set of specs without sacrificing battery life, you’d probably want to look for the Ascend D2 of the same company.

Huawei Ascend Mate Android Smartphone/Tablet Price in the Philippines: Approximately Php 16,500.00

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