HUAWEI AS­CEND MATE

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Con­sid­er­ing that the 6.1-inch As­cend Mate is Huawei’s first foray into ph­ablet ter­ri­tory, we’re will­ing to over­look its lack of a dis­tinct de­sign lan­guage; it looks com­par­a­tively plain next to the all-metal Len­ovo K900, or the Xperia Z Ul­tra which sports Sony’s Om­niBalance de­sign.

Still, we can’t say out­right that Huawei hasn’t put any thought into the de­sign. For ex­am­ple, to make it eas­ier for users to grip the mas­sive phone, Huawei goes with a grippy matte plas­tic for the back and sides of the As­cend Mate. This is in con­trast with the glossy (and of­ten­times slip­pery) backs of both the LG Op­ti­mus G Pro and Sam­sung Galaxy Mega.

The As­cend Mate runs on An­droid 4.1.2 Jelly Bean with Huawei’s cus­tom Emo­tion in­ter­face. Emo­tion in­cludes some unique fea­tures such as the op­tion to hide the nav­i­ga­tion bar for max­i­miz­ing real screen es­tate, while also re­mov­ing the app drawer al­to­gether.

“THE LOCK SCREEN, DI­ALER, IN-CALL KEY­PAD, AND KEY­BOARD ARE OP­TI­MIZED

FOR ONE­HANDED US­AGE.”

As­cend Mate is the Huawei’s own Hi-Sil­i­con K3V2 quad-core 1.5GHz pro­ces­sor, as well as 1GB of RAM. De­spite the flag­ship-wor­thy spec­i­fi­ca­tions, the As­cend Mate is also the only de­vice in the shootout not to sup­port 4G LTE con­nec­tiv­ity.

Com­ple­ment­ing the in­ter­nal stor­age ca­pac­ity of 8GB is a mi­croSD card slot that supports mem­ory cards up to 32GB. The As­cend Mate also comes with a non-re­mov­able 4,050mAh bat­tery, which hap­pens to be the largest in this com­par­i­son.

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