Hands-on: Huawei Ascend Mate [VIDEO]

Yesterday at a CES press event, Huawei announced their biggest — no, THE biggest — smartphone to date. A 6.1-inch display-touting Jelly Bean smartphone running the company’s custom Emotion UI. The Ascend Mate, which makes the 5-inch Ascend D2 (also announced yesterday) look tiny by comparison, is quite the hefty handset, and we got a chance to go hands-on at last night’s Digital Experience show.

Now, I’m a pretty big dude, but one of the first things I noticed (other than the pretty spectacular 720p display) was just how large this device really feels. At the same time, however, it’s surprising how it doesn’t feel nearly as large as say a Nexus 7, despite featuring a screen only an inch smaller. All that being said, big hands or not, the Ascend Mate is not the sort of phone you can easily operate single handed.

Otherwise, Huawei’s latest was plenty impressive. It does no disservice to the Chinese company’s recent product lineup featuring handset such as the Huawei P1 and Huawei D Quad. Unlike those handsets, however, as of now the Ascend Mate doesn’t feature the option to switch between stock Android and Hauwei’s Emotion UI.

While that feature on previous releases was absolutely killer, what Huawei has done with their custom overlay is pretty impressive. It runs nice and smooth on the phone’s quad-core processor (developed in-house by Huawei) and features a few intriguing enhancements, including the ability to manually hide or show Jelly Bean’s software navigation buttons.

Other features include an 8MP and a big 4000 mAh battery, providing plenty of flexibility. And flexible this device is, pushing the boundaries of the “phablet” category right up to its limits. Now the only question left is when we’ll see the border completely dissolve. Who knows, next CES we could be seeing a 7-inch device parading as an Android smartphone.

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  • blueyedsoul1

    Congrats Huawei. Somebody had to figure out what was too big for a phone eventually. Looks like the Mate takes the cake.

  • IronHorse01

    Yeah… No

  • vitriolix

    Launching with 4.1 because of your silly UI skin is a fail

  • toomuchgame441

    Get em Apple, get em!… Great looking device tho….

  • http://twitter.com/drexappeal AC

    Nobody had a Note 2 to compare size difference?

    • DWAYNE GRAY

      it makes the note 2 look little i googled pics of em side by side

      • http://twitter.com/drexappeal AC

        Yeah, I googled it too, after posting…LOL…it really does. Too big for my needs and the Note 2 still wins with the integrated S-pen.

  • simpleas

    Not bad at all.

  • LjHe80

    I have heard it said by people many times but I will echo it again. Android is about diversity. We like it that way. We don’t want the mother company telling us exactly what form factor and size we will like. If somebody wants a 6.1″ phone why not? Is it dollars out of your pocket because there is a 6.1″ phone?

  • Khengsiong Chew

    If it can’t slip into my pocket, it’s too big. I don’t carry handbag :p

  • Michael Thompson

    Not a bad looker at all.
    Gotta say I’d consider it if I could compare it side by side with a Note 2 on Verizon.

  • jhobo

    damn man …. even from a galaxy note user’s perspective this is crazy.

  • Max

    2013 is the year of 1080p phones, plus this interface is ugly