The Huawei Ascend Mate has been making a lot of buzz around the internet lately, especially since it claims to be a phone… yet contains a 6.1-inch screen.
For those of you who have qualms about using a 6.1-inch device as a phone rather than a tablet, Huawei assures you that the device has a compact design and will feel great in your hands. It easily fits into most pockets (but obviously not into skinny jeans… nothing can fit into skinny jeans), and is extremely durable.
Huawei’s Chairman of Devices, Richard Yu, demonstrated just how sturdy the Huawei Ascend Mate can be. He poured a jug of water over it and it still worked perfectly fine, and although he didn’t throw it onto the stage like the Huawei Ascend D2, we can assume that it’s just as resilient.
The Huawei Ascend Mate features the following specs:
- 6.1-inch 1280 x 720 361ppi display (0.73 screen-to-frame ratio, higher than the 0.69 screen-to-frame ratio of the Galaxy Note II)
- HiSilicon K3V3 1.5GHz quad-core processor
- 2GB RAM
- 13MP camera
- Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
- 4050 mAh battery (22 hours and 13 minutes talk time. 14 hours of web browsing. 10 hours of video playback)
Some interesting features that Yu showcased for the Huawei Ascend Mate included:
- Magic Touch Display: You can interact with the screen even with gloves on. There is no longer a need for “magic” gloves. He also demo’d the magic touch display with his necktie. Touch worked flawlessly.
- Guiding Wizard: An augmented reality GPS navigation app. Not entirely sure how this works. You take a picture and your phone can navigate to that location? But that wouldn’t make any sense because you’d already be at that location… We’ll find more about this feature later.
- Smart Reading: Lets you select words and get definitions, translations, or search results instantly. Somewhat similar to the “Google Dictionary” extension on Google Chrome
- Floating Windows: Similar to multi-windows for the Samsung Galaxy Note II, but with more control. You can view videos, send messages, and use other apps all at the same time.
- One-Hand UI: You can adjust UI elements, such as the dial pad or keyboard, onto one side of the screen so you can easily use it with one hand.
Now here are some features available for all of Huawei’s latest smartphones.
- Fast Charging: Huawei has patented technology that gives their smartphones 30% more power savings compared to their competitor’s smartphones. Phones also charge much faster than the competition. The Ascend D2 charged 25% faster than the Samsung Galaxy S III despite it have a 40% larger battery.
- Swift Sharing: Huawei’s smartphones come equipped with dual WiFi receivers, which gives these devices up to 150Mbps transfer rates.
- Stereo Recording: Huawei’s smartphones have dual microphones to allow stereo recording. The Huawei smartphones can pick up clear conversation even from 1.5 meters away, which Huawei dubs as “super hands-free”.
- Emotion UI: Huawei’s attempt to make smartphones “intelligent phones”. There are over 100 themes. Gallery mode has face recognition and smart sharing for photos. Claims to fix over 200 problems in the Android UI. It’s very user-friendly.
Huawei’s goal is to make devices that make the Android UI less complicated. They also hope to transition into OEM-level devices and compete with the big dogs. They say that they will be dropping feature phones entirely, and focusing only on the smartphone market. Richard Yu states that his end goal with these devices is to create an “all-in-one” device that can replace your phone, tablet, and even your laptop.
Huawei will be selling these devices globally online (with availability in China this month and availability in “other markets” in March) and are in talks with US carriers to have their devices featured in retail stores. What do you think of the Huawei Ascend Mate? Would you be interested in buying one?