Call me Captain Obvious or whatever but I really have to get this thought out of my mind first: the recently launched Huawei Ascend Mate is one gigantic device. Equipped with 6.1-inch 720p IPS+ display that covered with Corning Gorilla Glass and can be operated while using glove, the Ascend Mate pretty much towers all other smartphones that we put next to it. While it might be tall, the Ascend Mate doesn’t feel that bulky in my hand though – most probably due to its body dimensions of 9.9mm.
Made its debut at CES 2013 earlier this year, the Ascend Mate is powered by the company’s own K3V2 chipset which features a 1.5GHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 CPU and a 16-core GPU by Vivante. The company has also equipped generous amount of RAM at 2GB into the device together with 8GB of internal storage. While it supports up to 21Mbps HSPA+ data connectivity through its Intel XMM6260 modem, the Ascend Mate doesn’t come with LTE capability though.
Running on Android 4.1, the Ascend Mate actually features an in-house user interface implementation that Huawei called as Emotion UI. Among interesting characteristics that the interface has is the lack of application drawer as per standard interface but instead, apps are listed directly on the home screen. Additionally, there’s also the floating Easy Panel that provides fast access to several selected apps such as calculator, notes, messages and video player.
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In terms of photography, the Ascend Mate is equipped with 8.1-megapixels rear camera and 1-megapixels front-facing camera. Last but not least, the giant smartphone also features a non-removable battery with an equally gigantic capacity at 4050mAh and is able to act as power-pack to charge other USB-based devices via USB On-The-Go cable.
Don’t forget to check back soon for our full review of Huawei Ascend Mate but for the meantime, do checkout below for a taste of its performance and photography capability. The new Huawei Ascend Mate will be out in Malaysia on 7 June with a price tag of RM 1599.
AnTuTu Benchmark v3.3.
Epic Citadel benchmark, High Quality graphics setting.
Outdoor: main camera in auto mode and no flash.
[first row, L-R] Outdoor: Front camera in auto mode. Indoor, low light condition: main camera in auto mode and no flash.
[second row, L-R] Outdoor: both taken with main camera in auto mode – no flash and with flash.