Saturday, 9 February 2013

Huawei Ascend Mate

The latest device from Huawei has a massive screen that measures a viewable 6.1 inches, measured diagonally from edge to edge. The total dimension is 6.5 inches length  x 3.4 inches wide x 0.4 inches thickness and weighs only 198 grams. With this size, would it be comfortably called a phone, a tablet, or shall we say a phablet, a cross over between the two devices. 

Huawei Mate and Note 2
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Manufacturer's are trying to out do one another in giving the users what they need, a screen that can comfortably accommodate a whole webpage. Though not everyone is a fan of massive screen, I think it is practically essential to make internet devices, mobiles included, to give the convenience of  easy navigation to websites, high resolution photos and apps. Annoyance with smaller screen is the time spent in zooming in and out the contents displayed into the screen. It is also a hit and miss story when clicking on links. Minimizing this time consuming gesture is to really give enough room and comfortably show the whole page or item with a bigger screen. Suddenly, the Samsung Note 2 (5.5 inch), became a bit smaller, well in terms of size!


  • Processor: 1.5GHz quad core processor
  • OS:  Google's latest Android 4.1 Jelly Bean 
  • Camera:  8MP rear camera, 1.9MP front
  • Storage:  16GB internal storage and 2 GB RAM 
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and micro USB 2.0. 

Interesting Features

  • Battery

The power of the battery of any device goes to it's screen, and with a device this big, surely will drink any available juice quicker than the smaller ones. Huawei knows this fact that it built a power house of  4050mAh super huge battery capacity. Huawei claims that with it's 1.5 GHz quad-core Hi-Silicon K3V2 + Intel XMM6260 and with QPC and ADRX smart power-saving technology, it can promise two days of normal use before charging it to full. It can also be on standby mode for 9 days. Not really bad for a phone this big. Another power factor is, Huawei claims that it is 30% faster to charge it to full than other smartphone batteries of this range.

  • Magic Touch

I can not wait to see this feature into action. I would like to use my touch screen phone even when it is cold and whilst wearing a pair of thermal gloves. At the moment and with my present smartphone, I need to take off my gloves to answer a call, as the device can not recognise my fingers inside my gloves. Freezing temperature outside at this time of the year dictates to wear a pair. And because it is not convenient to use the phone with the gloves on, and the same inconvenience to take the gloves off, chances are, I tend not to answer calls when I am outside. Magic touch enabled screen is highly sensitive to slightest pressure, and can recognise your touches and respond accordingly regardless of how thick the gloves you wear.

  • Guiding Wizard

I am not a fan of mobile navigation and do not use it frequently to guide me whilst I am driving to unfamiliar places. I use proper navigator instead. Only when I'm on foot and seems lost that I tend to use a mobile device to point me at the right direction. I couldn't really find any distinct difference using different mobile navigators, the graphics, and the way they guide you from point a to b are almost exactly the same.

With guiding wizard, the device uses augmented reality technology to guide you on your way. It can do this by activating the camera whilst in navigation mode and the turning instructions appears as an overlay against the camera view. Could be useful and cool!

  • Availability

Though it is not yet available to any retailer I know in the UK, it is rumored to hit the shelves anytime soon.  Would it be a big hit?  Let's wait and see if the mobile with the biggest screen, for the moment, can lure users despite the absence of NFC connectivity.

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