• The Big Deal: Our Huawei Ascend Mate review


    When you look at the Smartphone market, right now itís dominated by Samsung and Apple. Things are going great for them but if you were to ask them what competitor they fear most Iíd bet you their answer would Huawei. Not HTC, LG or Sony.

    I mean eventually Smartphones will reach a point where companies canít keep charging up to $800 a phone. If that ever happens there will be a big race to the bottom to see who can make the best, cheapest phone. If that happens many people figure Huawei will be in a good position.

    While they donít compete at the very top of the market, many people donít realize but Huawei actually makes really good affordable Smartphones. The Y300 I tried a while back isnít going to win ďPhone of the YearĒ but for what it costs itís an amazing deal.

    Now we have the Huawei Ascend Mate. Itís a phone with a 6.1Ē phone that only costs - wait for it - $400 off contract. At $400, itís not going to have going to have specs like the LG G2/Galaxy Note 3/Sony Z1 but for what it costs you get a get a pretty good deal.

    With a 6.1Ē the Mate should be awesome at media consumption. If youíre sitting on the train, there arenít many phones which are better than the Mate for watching and streaming videos - Right? Letís check it out:

    Huawei has found a pretty good niche for the Note. At $400 off-contract, or $99 on a 2 year with the $40 a month, plan it doesnít really have any competitors. There arenít that many phones with huge 6Ē+ screens on the market and the ones that come close cost significantly more. About the only one that comes to mind is the Samsung Galaxy Mega and maybe a used Note 2.

    vs Samsung Galaxy Mega:



    While theyíre not really competitors, the Mate is only available from Wind, while the Mega from the incumbents. Indeed, the Mega costs $150 more, off-contract.

    Still, the Mate has a 6.1Ē display while the Mega has a 6.3Ē, so given the lack of competition theyíre currently your only choice if you want a phone thatís bigger than 6Ē, unless you want go spend $800 on a Sony Xperia Ultra Z.

    Looking more closely at their specs, the Mate has a quad-core processor (vs dual core on the Mega). Then again, according to the benchmarks and the seat of my pants the Mega feels a little faster and smooth.



    Other specs include 2GB on the Mate vs 1 of RAM and the Mateís 4050mAh (yes, bigger than many tablets) vs 3200mAh battery.

    As far as storage goes, the Mate only has 8GB vs 16 on the Mega. While you can always add a MicroSD to the Mate (my 64GB card works just fine), some things like certain apps and movies purchased from Google Play will only fit in main storage.

    The Mega is also blessed with LTE support while the Mate isnít. This wonít matter if you use the Mate on a carrier with no LTE (like Wind). If you are on a carrier with LTE it can make a difference depending on how congested HSPA is. You also get Android 4.2 while the Mate makes do with 4.1.

    vs Galaxy Note II:



    While the Note II has been around for a year, you can probably one up for around the same price as a Mate.

    The Note IIís screen is substantially smaller, 5.5Ē vs 6.1Ē, on paper theyíre quite similar; quad-core processor, identical screen and camera resolutions, 2GB RAM and Android 4.1.

    Performance wise, theyíre quite similar.

    Between them, the Mate has the screen and battery size advantage. The Note II has itís S-Pen stylus.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: The Big Deal: Our Huawei Mate review started by howard View original post
    Comments 14 Comments
    1. 416's Avatar
      416 -
      I want one of these!
    1. ahhong's Avatar
      ahhong -
      A couple of things I want to add:
      1. The Huawei in Wind is an unlocked pentaband phone. When it boots up, it only shows Huawei logo.
      2. With Nexus 4 still out of stock, the Mate is a rare mid grade phone (out of small selection) that is available in Can market that is not carrier locked. Wind is selling it even below that of Amazon.com (U S). Rarely does any unlocked pentaband phone available in a retail store in Can
      3.. Its battery life is amusing besides its sizeable screen
      The rest of Howard's input is just right on
    1. yyz123's Avatar
      yyz123 -
      This phone seems to be of good value but I just can't get over that monstrous screen.
    1. JKChee's Avatar
      JKChee -
      I'm using one now and while the screen is huge, you will get use to it. Looking at my old galaxy nexus, it just seems so small now.

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    1. yyz123's Avatar
      yyz123 -
      Quote Originally Posted by JKChee View Post
      I'm using one now and while the screen is huge, you will get use to it. Looking at my old galaxy nexus, it just seems so small now.

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      Yea but where do you keep your phone when you're not using it? I can't imagine it'd fit comfortably in my pocket.
    1. JKChee's Avatar
      JKChee -
      Haha, that's true. It does fit, but it creates an obvious bulge. I do have to hold it most of the time.

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    1. vinny13's Avatar
      vinny13 -
      Quote Originally Posted by yyz123 View Post
      Yea but where do you keep your phone when you're not using it? I can't imagine it'd fit comfortably in my pocket.
      I only find it to be uncomfortable when wearing fitted jeans and sitting, or sometime it might poke out of the pocket a little, but other than that everything else seems to work for me. Its a solid phone for the price with great battery life, and after owning one for a couple months now, I'm not sure if I'll ever be able to return to another miniature (<= 5") phone again.
    1. 2c's Avatar
      2c -
      Quote Originally Posted by skhan27 View Post
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      Tbh my note 2 fits perfectly fine in all my pockets so I can't see this one being too much worse. But I don't wear skinny jeans or tight clothes cuz I'm an OG lol, but yeah, once you use a big screen and then try to use a ssmall one again, good luck. I can't even unlock my ipod touch anymore after using a note 2 for so long.
      what it has to do with unlocking your ipod? in any case you cant unlock it
    1. howard's Avatar
      howard -
      Quote Originally Posted by 2c View Post
      what it has to do with unlocking your ipod? in any case you cant unlock it
      I think the poster is saying that they no longer use their ipod because they're too busy using the Mate.
    1. sable's Avatar
      sable -
      Please identify which model you were using. Otherwise you are implying that all Huawei's smartphones are no good.

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      2c -
      Quote Originally Posted by skhan27 View Post
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      The 'slide to unlock' is too difficult for me to do one such a small screen.
      Quote Originally Posted by howard View Post
      I think the poster is saying that they no longer use their ipod because they're too busy using the Mate.
      sorry i thought he was saying about carrier unlocking an ipod
    1. Harvid's Avatar
      Harvid -
      So which phone did you use? And based on your name, was it one of the China only models (I've been to the Everbuying website a few times). Personally, I'd trust Howard on this one...

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    1. ahhong's Avatar
      ahhong -
      Pl accept my apology for giving the wrong info that the Mate from Wind is an unlocked phone. It was locked. I did not check as it boots up only with Huawei logo. Also I did not have a other micro sim to test.

      It is an unlocked phone now after $5 and 20 minutes of waiting on line