Huawei has announced two Ascend series devices today – the Huawei Ascend Mate in India, and the Ascend P6 in the UK. Both come with Jelly Bean, albeit different versions of it, run on quad core processors, but differ hugely when it comes to the screen size.
The Huawei Ascend Mate, announced earlier in India today, comes with a 6.1″ HD display, aiming to compete with Samsung’s Galaxy Note and Mega series. It’s an IPS+ LCD panel with a resolution of 1280×720 pixels, or about 241 PPI, which is not that bad for a smartphone that huge.
- Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with Emotion UI on top
- 6.1″ IPS+ LCD display, HD resolution (1280×720 pixels), ~241 PPI
- 1.5 GHz quad core processor
- 8 MP main camera, LED flash, 1080p video recording; front facing 1 MP camera
- 2 GB RAM, 32 GB internal memory, expandable with a microSD card up to 32 GB
- Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, USB Host, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA
- Dual-mic noise reduction, Dolby sound system, stereo recording
- 4,050 mAh battery
The battery is plenty big, but then, at that size, you’d expect it. It’s good to know that there’s quite some power to keep a huge phone as this running at least for a day, if not more. However, since the Ascend Mate was launched elsewhere before, January, to be precise, it still comes with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, unlike the Ascend P6, which is launching with Android 4.2 JB. You can, however, expect an update soon, seeing there’s not a lot of difference between the two Android versions.
The price is quite good, at around Rs. 24,900. It’s about Rs. 4-5,000 less than the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, so it won’t be a surprise if the Ascend Mate manages to do well. It will be available in local mobile stores and online retailers like Flipkart, Homeshop18, Snapdeal etc.
What do you think? I’d say a couple of thousand rupees less, and the Ascend Mate would be a very good option.