Huawei Ascend Mate review

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

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Huawei certainly isn't a company that has made a name for itself with photography features in its smartphones, in fact cameras have always seemed like an afterthought for the company rather than an essential component.

The 8-megapixel camera in the Mate is a bit of a surprise then, with a few neat features , a fast shutter speed and better than average results -- under optimal lighting conditions.

Camera 1
Hipsters, prepare to filter your photos

The camera interface is pretty simple; there are no long menus of options to sift through, just the basics. Beyond this, Huawei includes a few Instagram-like colour filters and a few goofy distortion effects.

Camera 2
A photo feature you may use once, if at all

The photos we've taken are pretty good. The focus is often sharp, auto-white balance is ok, colour reproduction is good, and the finish proiduct is something you can (often) post proudly to your social network of choice.

Of course, this is the only good place for these photos. When we examined the photos close-up on a PC, there is obvious problems with them. The edges around many of the objects in photos are scuffed with digital artefacts, and the colour tone has an obviously digital look - the way images from a webcam do.

Cam test 1
Great colour on a nice, sunny day

Cam test 2
And yet, i still want to go inside and touch everything...

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Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
Wireless LANYes
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
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 4.0
Operating System VersionAndroid 4.1 Jelly Bean
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Pixel Density241 ppi
Height163.5 mm
Width85.7 mm
Depth9.9 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time216 Hour
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 Address
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.