Huawei Ascend Mate review

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

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The tale of this phone's performance and battery life is one you could comfortably call Beauty and the Beast.

The bad news is that the performance of the Acend Mate doesn't live up to the sum of its parts. The Huawi K2V3 quad-core processor just doesn't cut it, and the user experience is frequently marred by extended pauses and general lagginess.


This lag is most obvious when opening and closing apps, and is also noticable when switching between homescreens. Even tasks like loading images in the Gallery takes much longer on the Huawei than it does on other phones with similar specs.

After running a number of benchmark tests, the problem seems to be in the way the phone deals with graphics processing. It performs well in tests that focus on number crunching and web-based processes, but once complex 3D graphics are involved, the performance dips.

On the flip side, the battery life in the Ascend Mate is outstanding. One of our tests involves loading web pages continuously on a Wi-Fi connection. Most phones last for between 4 - 5 hours, but the Mate lasted for an impressive 7 hours and 6 minutes.

Anecdotally, this equates to two full business days use, though your milage may vary depending on how you use it.

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.