Taking on Samsung’s Galaxy Note 2 ‘phablet’ is the Huawei Ascend Mate 6.1-inch smartphone, which boasts the biggest screen of any mobile, but still packs in an HD resolution.
We checked out some movies like Rango at the demo area, which looked fantastically crisp and colourful on the enormous screen. We didn’t see any sign of motion blur or other issues, and viewing angles were impressively wide. Huawei’s ‘Magic Touch’ technology means you can use the screen even when wearing gloves, much like Nokia’s Lumia 920, useful for those cold winter days when you’re stuck at the bus stop.
The Ascend Mate sports a very similar design to the Ascend D2, with a glossy white finish and the same metallic rim. Like the Ascend D2, the camera only juts from the surface a tiny bit, giving a surprisingly slender build. It feels a decent weight in the hand, not as heavy as you’d expect but not plasticky either.
Android Jelly Bean is once again in play, and very easy to use thanks to the spacious touchscreen. You can even ram in up to five shortcut icons per row. Huawei has also included some cool extra features. For instance, Huawei’s ‘Floating Windows’ technology reminded us of Samsung’s ability to play video in a moveable window while you mess around on the web or get busy with other tasks. You can have multiple windows open running various apps, which is perfect for the multi-taskers among us.
As with the Ascend D2, long-lasting performance is something Huawei has emphasised. The Ascend Mate’s 4050mAh battery should provide 48 hours of use if Huawei is correct. Check back for our full review of the Huawei Ascend Mate to find out!