Huawei Ascend Mate review

After the resounding success of the first Galaxy Note, many companies tried to replicate it and released models that reflected their vision of a big phone. Someone also added a stylus, someone bet on the price, and Huawei decided to focus on the screen size.

Packages

  • Smartphone
  • Charger
  • Wired headset
  • PC cable
  • Warranty card and documentation

Appearance, materials, controls

The smartphone has a strict appearance, no smooth shapes, no unnecessary elements.

The entire front of the device is occupied by a huge 6.1’’ screen. Above it you can see the speaker mesh, the front camera eye, as well as proximity and light sensors.

The bezel around the smartphone is made of matte plastic, pleasant to the touch.

On the left is the power button and volume rocker. Both keys have a short travel with a characteristic click, it is convenient to use them. In addition, the manufacturer has arranged the buttons in such a way that when you take the smartphone in your hand, your thumb immediately rests on the power button.

At the top you can see a 3.5mm headphone jack and a microSIM slot. To open the plug, just pry it with a small groove with your fingernail.

The same cover is used to cover the microSD memory card slot located on the right side. The smartphone supports cards up to 64 GB.

At the bottom end there was a place for a microUSB connector and a microphone hole.

I was particularly pleased with the back of the device. It is made of matte rubberized black plastic. Thanks to this material, the device is very pleasant to hold in your hand, it does not feel like a plastic toy.

There are no complaints about the assembly of the smartphone, all parts are tightly fitted to each other, there are no gaps, backlashes, squeaks.

Dimensions

I think you have noticed how neatly Samsung increases the screen size of the Galaxy Note line. The edge of convenience on which such devices are located is very thin and it is very easy to cross it. Many readers said that Huawei “stepped over” all conceivable and inconceivable limits, that 6.1 ”is too much, and in general, who needs it with the Galaxy Note II. I dare to disagree: despite the increased screen size, the dimensions of the Mate are still within the limits of convenient use. Yes, the device becomes not so convenient to put in the front pocket of a shirt, but otherwise - no complaints. Although perhaps I will note one more minus: when you talk on Mate, the feeling that you are holding a tablet near your ear appears much more often than with the same Galaxy Note from Samsung.

  • Samsung Galaxy Note II - 151.1x80.5x9.4 mm, weight 180 grams
  • ZTE Grand Memo - 159.9x82.6x8.5mm
  • Huawei Ascend Mate - 163.5x85.7x9.9 mm, weight 198 grams
  • Sony Xperia Z Ultra - 179.4 x 92.2 x 6.5 mm, weight 212 grams

You can still hold the Mate in your hand, but using it with one hand is out of the question. As for the weight, it is evenly distributed throughout the device, so despite the fact that the Mate is heavier than the Note II, you almost don't feel this difference.

Screen

One of the factors behind the success of the first Galaxy Note was the huge difference in size to current flagships (4.3 inches vs. 5.3 inches). For many buyers, such dimensions caused delight, primarily associated with a significantly increased screen diagonal. However, a year later, the diagonals of the flagships increased to 4.8 '', and the Note II had a diagonal of 5.5 '', the gap between the diagonals (and resolution) narrowed, and the second Note no longer aroused such enthusiasm after the Galaxy S3 as the first after the Galaxy S2 .

Why such a long preface? The fact is that the first impressions of the Huawei Ascend Mate reminded me of the excitement of the first Note: “Wow! Blimey! How big he is!” after a while you get used to such a screen and its diagonal no longer seems excessive.

A few technical characteristics: Mate screen diagonal - 6.1 '', resolution - 1280x720 pixels, matrix type - IPS, the screen is covered with protective glass Gorilla Glass 2 and has an oleophobic coating (due to this, the finger easily slides over the display surface). The device has a light sensor, automatic brightness control works flawlessly. Of the interesting features: the ability to work with the device with gloves. This option is enabled in the settings. The responsiveness of the screen when working in Toyota Corolla 2014 in Ghana gloves deteriorates, on the other hand, this function is sometimes needed not so often (pick up the phone or change the track in frosty weather).

In the sun, the screen almost completely fades, you can see the information only at maximum brightness (however, even in this case you will see your own reflection).

Viewing angles of the display are close to the maximum, with a strong deviation, the brightness drops only slightly.

The key question for such a screen is: "Is it convenient to use?" after two weeks of use, I can say with confidence that such a diagonal has the right to exist. The convenience of watching movies and reading is greatly increased, and the smartphone itself is still more compact than a seven-inch tablet.

I'll talk about on-screen buttons separately. As you all know, when starting games or reading, these same buttons are not hidden, as a result, you can observe a small black bar on the right, which clearly negatively affects convenience. In addition, these on-screen buttons can be accidentally pressed, which is terribly annoying in fast-paced games. Huawei has applied a simple and elegant solution to this problem: there is a small arrow to the left of the on-screen buttons (the option is enabled in the settings), when you press it, the buttons disappear, to return them, just “swipe” from the bottom up from the edge of the screen.

I can't even tell you how great this is! It is surprising that Google themselves did not do this (And moreover, judging by the rumors, they banned this “trick” in the Ascend P6). In fact, the on-screen or touch buttons below the screen are a big problem. If you play from a smartphone, then one way or another touch them with your palm, the consequences of such clicks are very sad.

Operating system

The smartphone is based on the Android 4.1.2 OS, on top of which is installed a proprietary shell from Huawei - Emotion UI. The manufacturer has changed almost all the standard Android programs and replaced them with their own. In fact, Emotion UI is a full-fledged competitor to the latest versions of TouchWiz and HTC Sense. Below I will talk about the features of this shell.

Desktops. Emotion UI uses the desktop concept from iOS. All application icons are located on the tables themselves, there is no application menu as such. In addition, the icons are redrawn in the corporate style, however, if the icons of "their" applications are completely redrawn, then all third-party programs received just a gray rim. Why this was done is unclear. Personally, I am for the use of original icons. By the way, there are no complaints about the speed of the launcher: the smoothness of paging is comparable to that in iOS.

MeWidget. A large 5x3 widget that includes a clock, a music remote control, a quick call to contacts and a weather forecast.

At first glance, it looks very nice and functional, for example, you can swap parts of the widget in places and greatly change its appearance.

However, after a while, you realize that it has many shortcomings. Firstly, when you click on a contact, its card opens, and not a call is made, secondly, you cannot reduce the size of the widget, and thirdly, parts of the widget are not available separately, although I would not refuse a digital clock and weather in separate widgets.

Lock screen. Allows you to quickly open one of three programs: camera, dialer and SMS messages, or immediately unlock the screen. When listening to music, a widget in the form of a control panel appears at the top.

Status Bar. In its upper part there are switches for wireless interfaces. You can change their order if you wish. Unlike the status bar in TouchWiz, there is no brightness slider, and long pressing the switch does not take you to its settings.

Dialer. Russian letters appeared on the keys, but for some reason the manufacturer removed the English ones.

But the subscriber's call screen upset me a lot. Imagine you are holding a huge smartphone with a diagonal of 6.1 ″ in your hand, someone calls you, and a photo of this person is displayed in a tiny window on the left. Why did they do it? For what? What guided the developers? It's not clear.

Keyboard. The Emotion UI's own keyboard is very similar to that of the HTC Sense. Large letters, light background of the keys, and the same flaw with the lack of additional characters in the Russian layout. By the way, for the keyboard, you can turn on the mode of control with one hand.

Themes. You can download and install special theme "packs" that include full customization, from the appearance of icons and lock screen to wallpapers and ringtones.

Emotion UI left behind a double impression: on the one hand, it has a lot of interesting solutions, the same switches in the status bar and support for many third-party themes. And on the other hand, I would like all these add-ons to be turned off with “one click”, as is done in the shell from Sharp. After all, some additions are controversial or negative. For example, someone might not like the decision to put all programs on the desktop, and of course, having a small photo call screen of your own is very frustrating.

Performance

The smartphone is built on the basis of its own HiSilicon K3V2 quad-core processor, operating at a frequency of 1.5 GHz, video accelerator - Immersion.16, RAM - 2 GB, internal storage capacity - 8 GB (4.8 GB available to the user), supported memory cards up to 64 GB inclusive.

Low internal memory could have a negative effect on the number of games with large caches that you could install on the device, but, as with the on-screen buttons, Huawei managed to elegantly "get out" of this situation. In the "Memory" settings section, you can swap the internal memory and memory card.

I've read a few reviews online from colleagues about how Huawei's own processor didn't work well with games, but those reviews are probably a couple of months old, as my sample has no problems with games. Even demanding N.O.V.A. 3, NFS: Most Wanted and Real Racing 3 ran smoothly and without stuttering.

As for everyday tasks, such as surfing the web or twitter, there are no complaints about the smartphone either: everything works quickly, smoothly and without slowdowns.

Offline work

The smartphone has a non-removable battery with a capacity of (!) 4050 mAh. The manufacturer claims that the device will work perfectly for two full days. And indeed it is. In everyday mode (half an hour of mail, half an hour of Twitter, sync turned on, two hours of video at maximum brightness), the smartphone lasted two full days perfectly.

In reading mode (brightness 10%, Airplane mode enabled), the smartphone lasted 20 hours! Amazing numbers, I never got such results in reading mode.

Viewing HD video at maximum brightness drained the device in 7 hours. Here the indicators are not so impressive, but also not bad.

In general, the battery life of Huawei Ascend Mate is excellent, it is one of the longest-playing smartphones.

Watching video and reading

Mate is great as a portable video player. Huge, by the standards of smartphones, the diagonal has a positive effect on viewing comfort. You almost do not have to strain your eyes, you can comfortably watch even movies with subtitles. There are also no problems with codecs and video formats, MP4, MKV and AVI containers are supported, and the following codecs: H.264, Xvid, DivX, VC1, as well as audio codecs: MP3, FLAC, AC3, DTS (not in all video files). In public transport, 80-90% brightness is enough for comfortable viewing.

Reading with Mate is also a pleasure, the maximum brightness is suitable for public transport, the minimum is for reading in the dark.

Camera

The smartphone has two cameras: the main one with 8 MP and the front one with 1 MP. Pictures from the main camera are good, although not as good as in the same Galaxy S4 or iPhone 5. Shooting and focusing speed is at the level of modern flagships. The maximum resolution for video is 1080p. You can find examples of photos and videos below.

The front camera supports Skype video calls and the image quality is at a typical level for such devices.

Interfaces

Mobile network - the phone works in 2G (GSM/GPRS/EDGE, 850/900/1800/1900 MHz) and 3G (900/2100 MHz) cellular networks.

Wi-Fi (b/g/n) - in addition to the usual 2.4 GHz frequency, 5 GHz frequencies are also supported, but my smartphone can connect to my Time Capsule, which distributes Internet at this frequency couldn't. In the settings, you can enable the "distribution" of mobile Internet using Wi-Fi, as well as use file transfer using Wi-Fi Direct.

Bluetooth 4.0 - all popular profiles are supported, including A2DP.

GPS - cold start takes about five seconds.

Conclusion

There are no complaints about the quality of speech transmission: you and your interlocutor hear each other perfectly.

The cost of the device depends heavily on the store: small stores sell Mate for 16,500 rubles, and large chains for 17,500-18,000 rubles. For this money, you get a smartphone with a huge diagonal and no less huge battery life, made in a simple style. Of the shortcomings, I would note small "roughness" in the translation of Emotion UI and the price.

The main competitor of Huawei Ascend Mate is Samsung Galaxy Note II. Its price in federal retail is 25 thousand rubles, Huawei Ascend Mate costs 19 thousand rubles there. If we compare devices head-on, then on the side of Note II is the best camera and stylus support, along with proprietary software, as well as brand strength. Advantages of Mate: a large screen size, nice soft features (on-screen buttons and replacement of the main memory with a card), as well as the best case materials, Mate does not feel like a plastic toy in the hand. I will not consider the type of matrix for Note II and Mate to be either a plus or a minus, since someone likes SuperAMOLED more, and someone likes IPS matrices.

And of course, the difference of 6 thousand rubles is also an important factor. However, now in retail, apparently, there is another round of the “price war”, since the price tag for Note II is constantly “jumping” from 21 thousand to 25 thousand. For 21 thousand, of course, it makes sense to take Note II (and if you look in the direction of stores selling "gray" devices, then the same Note II is sold there for 16-17 thousand).

Another competitor from Samsung is the Galaxy Mega 6.3. But, as Eldar Murtazin noted in his review, in the case of Mega 6.3 it makes sense to pay a little extra and take Note II.

To be honest, I really liked the Mate: a strict appearance, a nice-to-touch back cover, a huge screen diagonal and a good IPS-matrix (unfortunately, my eyes get tired of the Note II screen), coupled with many interesting software solutions (hiding on-screen buttons, the ability to "replace" the main memory with a card, and much more) create a positive impression of the device. But, for 19 thousand rubles, many will prefer to take the same “gray” Note II. In my opinion, if Huawei drops the price of the Mate to 15,000, then it will be a great choice for those who are looking for a device with a huge screen, long battery life and a quality case.

Huawei Ascend Mate review

After the resounding success of the first Galaxy Note, many companies tried to replicate it and released models that reflected their vision of a big phone. Someone also added a stylus, someone bet on the price, and Huawei decided to focus on screen size.

Packages

  • Smartphone
  • Charger
  • Wired headset
  • PC cable
  • Warranty card and documentation

Appearance, materials, controls

The smartphone has a strict appearance, no smooth shapes, no unnecessary elements.

The entire front of the device is occupied by a huge 6.1’’ screen. Above it you can see the speaker mesh, the front camera eye, as well as proximity and light sensors.

The bezel around the smartphone is made of matte plastic, pleasant to the touch.

On the left is the power button and volume rocker. Both keys have a short travel with a characteristic click, it is convenient to use them. In addition, the manufacturer has arranged the buttons in such a way that when you take the smartphone in your hand, your thumb immediately rests on the power button.

At the top you can see a 3.5mm headphone jack and a microSIM slot. To open the plug, just pry it with a small groove with your fingernail.

The same cover is used to cover the microSD memory card slot located on the right side. The smartphone supports cards up to 64 GB.

At the bottom end there was a place for a microUSB connector and a microphone hole.

I was particularly pleased with the back of the device. It is made of matte rubberized black plastic. Thanks to this material, the device is very pleasant to hold in your hand, it does not feel like a plastic toy.

There are no complaints about the assembly of the smartphone, all parts are tightly fitted to each other, there are no gaps, backlashes, squeaks.

Dimensions

I think you have noticed how neatly Samsung increases the screen size of the Galaxy Note line. The edge of convenience on which such devices are located is very thin and it is very easy to cross it. Many readers said that Huawei “stepped over” all conceivable and inconceivable limits, that 6.1 ”is too much, and in general, who needs it with the Galaxy Note II. I dare to disagree: despite the increased screen size, the dimensions of the Mate are still within the limits of convenient use. Yes, the device becomes not so convenient to put in the front pocket of a shirt, but otherwise - no complaints. Although perhaps I will note one more minus: when you talk on Mate, the feeling that you are holding a tablet near your ear appears much more often than with the same Galaxy Note from Samsung.

  • Samsung Galaxy Note II - 151.1x80.5x9.4 mm, weight 180 grams
  • ZTE Grand Memo - 159.9x82.6x8.5mm
  • Huawei Ascend Mate - 163.5x85.7x9.9 mm, weight 198 grams
  • Sony Xperia Z Ultra - 179.4 x 92.2 x 6.5 mm, weight 212 grams

You can still hold the Mate in your hand, but using it with one hand is out of the question. As for the weight, it is evenly distributed throughout the device, so despite the fact that the Mate is heavier than the Note II, you almost don't feel this difference.

Screen

One of the factors behind the success of the first Galaxy Note was the huge difference in size to current flagships (4.3 inches vs. 5.3 inches). For many buyers, such dimensions caused delight, primarily associated with a significantly increased screen diagonal. However, a year later, the diagonals of the flagships increased to 4.8 '', and the Note II had a diagonal of 5.5 '', the gap between the diagonals (and resolution) narrowed, and the second Note no longer aroused such enthusiasm after the Galaxy S3 as the first after the Galaxy S2 .

Why such a long preface? The fact is that the first impressions of the Huawei Ascend Mate reminded me of the excitement of the first Note: “Wow! Blimey! How big is he!” after a while you get used to such a screen and its diagonal no longer seems excessive.

The key question for this screen is "Is it comfortable to use?" after two weeks of use, I can say with confidence that such a diagonal has the right to exist. The convenience of watching movies and reading is greatly increased, and the smartphone itself is still more compact than a seven-inch tablet.

I'll talk about on-screen buttons separately. As you all know, when starting games or reading, these same buttons are not hidden, as a result, you can observe a small black bar on the right, which clearly negatively affects convenience. In addition, these on-screen buttons can be accidentally pressed, which is terribly annoying in fast-paced games. Huawei has applied a simple and elegant solution to this problem: there is a small arrow to the left of the on-screen buttons (the option is enabled in the settings), when you press it, the buttons disappear, to return them, just “swipe” from the bottom up from the edge of the screen.

I can't even tell you how great this is! It is surprising that Google themselves did not do this (And moreover, judging by the rumors, they banned this “trick” in the Ascend P6). In fact, the on-screen or touch buttons below the screen are a big problem. If you play from a smartphone, then one way or another touch them with your palm, the consequences of such clicks are very sad.

Operating system

The smartphone is based on the Android 4.1.2 OS, on top of which is installed a proprietary shell from Huawei - Emotion UI. The manufacturer has changed almost all the standard Android programs and replaced them with their own. In fact, Emotion UI is a full-fledged competitor to the latest versions of TouchWiz and HTC Sense. Below I will talk about the features of this shell.

Desktops. Emotion UI uses the desktop concept from iOS. All application icons are located on the tables themselves, there is no application menu as such. In addition, the icons are redrawn in the corporate style, however, if the icons of "their" applications are completely redrawn, then all third-party programs received just a gray rim. Why this was done is unclear. Personally, I am for the use of original icons. By the way, there are no complaints about the speed of the launcher: the smoothness of paging is comparable to that in iOS.

MeWidget. A large 5x3 widget that includes a clock, a music remote control, a quick call to contacts and a weather forecast.

At first glance, it looks very nice and functional, for example, you can swap parts of the widget in places and greatly change its appearance.

However, after a while, you realize that it has many shortcomings. Firstly, when you click on a contact, its card opens, and not a call is made, secondly, you cannot reduce the size of the widget, and thirdly, parts of the widget are not available separately, although I would not refuse a digital clock and weather in separate widgets.

Lock screen. Allows you to quickly open one of three programs: camera, dialer and SMS messages, or immediately unlock the screen. When listening to music, a widget in the form of a control panel appears at the top.

Status Bar. In its upper part there are switches for wireless interfaces. You can change their order if you wish. Unlike the status bar in TouchWiz, there is no brightness slider, and long pressing the switch does not take you to its settings.

Dialer. Russian letters appeared on the keys, but for some reason the manufacturer removed the English ones.

But the call screen of the subscriber really upset me. Imagine you are holding a huge smartphone with a diagonal of 6.1 ″ in your hand, someone calls you, and a photo of this person is displayed in a tiny window on the left. Why did they do it? For what? What guided the developers? It's not clear.

Keyboard. The Emotion UI's own keyboard is very similar to that of the HTC Sense. Large letters, light background of the keys, and the same flaw with the lack of additional characters in the Russian layout. By the way, for the keyboard, you can turn on the mode of control with one hand.

Themes. You can download and install special theme "packs" that include full customization, from the appearance of icons and lock screen to wallpapers and ringtones.

Emotion UI left behind a double impression: on the one hand, it has a lot of interesting solutions, the same switches in the status bar and support for many third-party themes. And on the other hand, I would like all these add-ons to be turned off with “one click”, as is done in the shell from Sharp. After all, some additions are controversial or negative. For example, someone might not like the decision to put all programs on the desktop, and of course, having a small photo call screen of your own is very frustrating.

Performance

The smartphone is built on the basis of its own HiSilicon K3V2 quad-core processor, operating at a frequency of 1.5 GHz, video accelerator - Immersion.16, RAM - 2 GB, internal storage capacity - 8 GB (4.8 GB available to the user), supported memory cards up to 64 GB inclusive.

Low internal memory could have a negative effect on the number of games with large caches that you could install on the device, but, as with the on-screen buttons, Huawei managed to elegantly "get out" of this situation. In the "Memory" settings section, you can swap the internal memory and memory card.

I've read a few reviews online from colleagues about how Huawei's own processor didn't work well with games, but those reviews are probably a couple of months old, as my sample has no problems with games. Even demanding N.O.V.A. 3, NFS: Most Wanted and Real Racing 3 ran smoothly and without stuttering.

As for everyday tasks, such as surfing the web or twitter, there are no complaints about the smartphone either: everything works quickly, smoothly and without slowdowns.

Work offline

The smartphone has a non-removable battery with a capacity of (!) 4050 mAh. The manufacturer claims that the device will work perfectly for two full days. And indeed it is. In everyday mode (half an hour of mail, half an hour of Twitter, sync turned on, two hours of video at maximum brightness), the smartphone lasted two full days perfectly.

In reading mode (brightness 10%, Airplane mode enabled), the smartphone lasted 20 hours! Amazing numbers, I never got such results in reading mode.

Viewing HD video at maximum brightness drained the device in 7 hours. Here the indicators are not so impressive, but also not bad.

In general, the battery life of Huawei Ascend Mate is excellent, it is one of the longest-playing smartphones.

Watching video and reading

Mate is great as a portable video player. Huge, by the standards of smartphones, the diagonal has a positive effect on viewing comfort. You almost do not have to strain your eyes, you can comfortably watch even movies with subtitles. There are also no problems with codecs and video formats, MP4, MKV and AVI containers are supported, and the following codecs: H.264, Xvid, DivX, VC1, as well as audio codecs: MP3, FLAC, AC3, DTS (not in all video files). In public transport, 80-90% brightness is enough for comfortable viewing.

Reading with Mate is also a pleasure, the maximum brightness is suitable for public transport, the minimum is for reading in the dark.

Camera

The smartphone has two cameras: the main one with 8 MP and the front one with 1 MP. Pictures from the main camera are good, although not as good as in the same Galaxy S4 or iPhone 5. Shooting and focusing speed is at the level of modern flagships. The maximum resolution for video is 1080p. You can find examples of photos and videos below.

The front camera supports Skype video calls and the image quality is at a typical level for such devices.

Interfaces

Mobile network - the phone works in 2G (GSM/GPRS/EDGE, 850/900/1800/1900 MHz) and 3G (900/2100 MHz) cellular networks.

Wi-Fi (b/g/n) - in addition to the usual 2.4 GHz frequency, 5 GHz frequencies are also supported, but my smartphone can connect to my Time Capsule, which distributes Internet at this frequency couldn't. In the settings, you can enable the "distribution" of mobile Internet using Wi-Fi, as well as use file transfer using Wi-Fi Direct.

Bluetooth 4.0 - all popular profiles are supported, including A2DP.

GPS - cold start takes about five seconds.

Conclusion

There are no complaints about the quality of speech transmission: you and your interlocutor hear each other perfectly.

The cost of the device depends heavily on the store: small stores sell Mate for 16,500 rubles, and large chains for 17,500-18,000 rubles. For this money, you get a smartphone with a huge diagonal and no less huge battery life, made in a simple style. Of the shortcomings, I would note small "roughness" in the translation of Emotion UI and the price.

The main competitor of Huawei Ascend Mate is Samsung Galaxy Note II. Its price in federal retail is 25 thousand rubles, Huawei Ascend Mate costs 19 thousand rubles there. If we compare devices head-on, then on the side of Note II is the best camera and stylus support, along with proprietary software, as well as brand strength. Advantages of Mate: a large screen size, nice soft features (on-screen buttons and replacement of the main memory with a card), as well as the best case materials, Mate does not feel like a plastic toy in the hand. I will not consider the type of matrix for Note II and Mate to be either a plus or a minus, since someone likes SuperAMOLED more, and someone likes IPS matrices.

And of course, the difference of 6 thousand rubles is also an important factor. However, now in retail, apparently, there is another round of the “price war”, since the price tag for Note II is constantly “jumping” from 21 thousand to 25 thousand. For 21 thousand, of course, it makes sense to take Note II (and if you look in the direction of stores selling "gray" devices, then the same Note II is sold there for 16-17 thousand).

Another competitor from Samsung is the Galaxy Mega 6.3. But, as Eldar Murtazin noted in his review, in the case of Mega 6.3 it makes sense to pay a little extra and take Note II.

To be honest, I really liked the Mate: a strict appearance, a nice-to-touch back cover, a huge screen diagonal and a good IPS-matrix (unfortunately, my eyes get tired of the Note II screen), coupled with many interesting software solutions (hiding on-screen buttons, the ability to "replace" the main memory with a card, and much more) create a positive impression of the device. But, for 19 thousand rubles, many will prefer to take the same “gray” Note II. In my opinion, if Huawei drops the price of the Mate to 15,000, then it will be a great choice for those who are looking for a device with a huge screen, long battery life and a quality case.

Huawei Ascend Mate review

After the resounding success of the first Galaxy Note, many companies tried to replicate it and released models that reflected their vision of a big phone. Someone also added a stylus, someone bet on the price, and Huawei decided to focus on screen size.

Packages

  • Smartphone
  • Charger
  • Wired headset
  • PC cable
  • Warranty card and documentation

Appearance, materials, controls

The smartphone has a strict appearance, no smooth shapes, no unnecessary elements.

The entire front of the device is occupied by a huge 6.1’’ screen. Above it you can see the speaker mesh, the front camera eye, as well as proximity and light sensors.

The bezel around the smartphone is made of matte plastic, pleasant to the touch.

On the left is the power button and volume rocker. Both keys have a short travel with a characteristic click, it is convenient to use them. In addition, the manufacturer has arranged the buttons in such a way that when you take the smartphone in your hand, your thumb immediately rests on the power button.

At the top you can see a 3.5mm headphone jack and a microSIM slot. To open the plug, just pry it with a small groove with your fingernail.

The same cover is used to cover the microSD memory card slot located on the right side. The smartphone supports cards up to 64 GB.

At the bottom end there was a place for a microUSB connector and a microphone hole.

I was particularly pleased with the back of the device. It is made of matte rubberized black plastic. Thanks to this material, the device is very pleasant to hold in your hand, it does not feel like a plastic toy.

There are no complaints about the assembly of the smartphone, all parts are tightly fitted to each other, there are no gaps, backlashes, squeaks.

Dimensions

I think you have noticed how neatly Samsung increases the screen size of the Galaxy Note line. The edge of convenience on which such devices are located is very thin and it is very easy to cross it. Many readers said that Huawei “stepped over” all conceivable and inconceivable limits, that 6.1 ”is too much, and in general, who needs it with the Galaxy Note II. I dare to disagree: despite the increased screen size, the dimensions of the Mate are still within the limits of convenient use. Yes, the device becomes not so convenient to put in the front pocket of a shirt, but otherwise - no complaints. Although perhaps I will note one more minus: when you talk on Mate, the feeling that you are holding a tablet near your ear appears much more often than with the same Galaxy Note from Samsung.

  • Samsung Galaxy Note II - 151.1x80.5x9.4 mm, weight 180 grams
  • ZTE Grand Memo - 159.9x82.6x8.5mm
  • Huawei Ascend Mate - 163.5x85.7x9.9 mm, weight 198 grams
  • Sony Xperia Z Ultra - 179.4 x 92.2 x 6.5 mm, weight 212 grams

You can still hold the Mate in your hand, but using it with one hand is out of the question. As for the weight, it is evenly distributed throughout the device, so despite the fact that the Mate is heavier than the Note II, you almost don't feel this difference.

Screen

One of the factors behind the success of the first Galaxy Note was the huge difference in size to current flagships (4.3 inches vs. 5.3 inches). For many buyers, such dimensions caused delight, primarily associated with a significantly increased screen diagonal. However, a year later, the diagonals of the flagships increased to 4.8 '', and the Note II had a diagonal of 5.5 '', the gap between the diagonals (and resolution) narrowed, and the second Note no longer aroused such enthusiasm after the Galaxy S3 as the first after the Galaxy S2 .

Why such a long preface? The fact is that the first impressions of the Huawei Ascend Mate reminded me of the excitement of the first Note: “Wow! Blimey! How big is he!” after a while you get used to such a screen and its diagonal no longer seems excessive.

A few technical characteristics: Mate screen diagonal - 6.1 '', resolution - 1280x720 pixels, matrix type - IPS, the screen is covered with protective glass Gorilla Glass 2 and has an oleophobic coating (due to this, the finger easily slides over the display surface). The device has a light sensor, automatic brightness control works flawlessly. Of the interesting features: the ability to work with the device with gloves. This option is enabled in the settings. The responsiveness of the screen when working in Toyota Corolla 2014 in Ghana gloves deteriorates, on the other hand, this function is sometimes needed not so often (pick up the phone or change the track in frosty weather).

In the sun, the screen almost completely fades, you can see the information only at maximum brightness (however, even in this case you will see your own reflection).

Viewing angles of the display are close to the maximum, with a strong deviation, the brightness drops only slightly.

The key question for this screen is "Is it comfortable to use?" after two weeks of use, I can say with confidence that such a diagonal has the right to exist. The convenience of watching movies and reading is greatly increased, and the smartphone itself is still more compact than a seven-inch tablet.

I'll talk about on-screen buttons separately. As you all know, when starting games or reading, these same buttons are not hidden, as a result, you can observe a small black bar on the right, which clearly negatively affects convenience. In addition, these on-screen buttons can be accidentally pressed, which is terribly annoying in fast-paced games. Huawei has applied a simple and elegant solution to this problem: there is a small arrow to the left of the on-screen buttons (the option is enabled in the settings), when you press it, the buttons disappear, to return them, just “swipe” from the bottom up from the edge of the screen.

I can't even tell you how great this is! It is surprising that Google themselves did not do this (And moreover, judging by the rumors, they banned this “trick” in the Ascend P6). In fact, the on-screen or touch buttons below the screen are a big problem. If you play from a smartphone, then one way or another touch them with your palm, the consequences of such clicks are very sad.

Operating system

The smartphone is based on the Android 4.1.2 OS, on top of which is installed a proprietary shell from Huawei - Emotion UI. The manufacturer has changed almost all the standard Android programs and replaced them with their own. In fact, Emotion UI is a full-fledged competitor to the latest versions of TouchWiz and HTC Sense. Below I will talk about the features of this shell.

Desktops. Emotion UI uses the desktop concept from iOS. All application icons are located on the tables themselves, there is no application menu as such. In addition, the icons are redrawn in the corporate style, however, if the icons of "their" applications are completely redrawn, then all third-party programs received just a gray rim. Why this was done is unclear. Personally, I am for the use of original icons. By the way, there are no complaints about the speed of the launcher: the smoothness of paging is comparable to that in iOS.

MeWidget. A large 5x3 widget that includes a clock, a music remote control, a quick call to contacts and a weather forecast.

At first glance, it looks very nice and functional, for example, you can swap parts of the widget in places and greatly change its appearance.

However, after a while, you realize that it has many shortcomings. Firstly, when you click on a contact, its card opens, and not a call is made, secondly, you cannot reduce the size of the widget, and thirdly, parts of the widget are not available separately, although I would not refuse a digital clock and weather in separate widgets.

Lock screen. Allows you to quickly open one of three programs: camera, dialer and SMS messages, or immediately unlock the screen. When listening to music, a widget in the form of a control panel appears at the top.

Status Bar. In its upper part there are switches for wireless interfaces. You can change their order if you wish. Unlike the status bar in TouchWiz, there is no brightness slider, and long pressing the switch does not take you to its settings.

Dialer. Russian letters appeared on the keys, but for some reason the manufacturer removed the English ones.

But the subscriber's call screen upset me a lot. Imagine you are holding a huge smartphone with a diagonal of 6.1 ″ in your hand, someone calls you, and a photo of this person is displayed in a tiny window on the left. Why did they do it? For what? What guided the developers? It's not clear.

Keyboard. The Emotion UI's own keyboard is very similar to that of the HTC Sense. Large letters, light background of the keys, and the same flaw with the lack of additional characters in the Russian layout. By the way, for the keyboard, you can turn on the mode of control with one hand.

Themes. You can download and install special theme "packs" that include full customization, from the appearance of icons and lock screen to wallpapers and ringtones.

Emotion UI left behind a double impression: on the one hand, it has a lot of interesting solutions, the same switches in the status bar and support for many third-party themes. And on the other hand, I would like all these add-ons to be turned off with “one click”, as is done in the shell from Sharp. After all, some additions are controversial or negative. For example, someone might not like the decision to put all programs on the desktop, and of course, having a small photo call screen of your own is very frustrating.

Performance

The smartphone is built on the basis of its own HiSilicon K3V2 quad-core processor, operating at a frequency of 1.5 GHz, video accelerator - Immersion.16, RAM - 2 GB, internal storage capacity - 8 GB (4.8 GB available to the user), supported memory cards up to 64 GB inclusive.

Low internal memory could have a negative effect on the number of games with large caches that you could install on the device, but, as with the on-screen buttons, Huawei managed to elegantly "get out" of this situation. In the "Memory" settings section, you can swap the internal memory and memory card.

I've read a few reviews online from colleagues about how Huawei's own processor didn't work well with games, but those reviews are probably a couple of months old, as my sample has no problems with games. Even demanding N.O.V.A. 3, NFS: Most Wanted and Real Racing 3 ran smoothly and without stuttering.

As for everyday tasks, such as surfing the web or twitter, there are no complaints about the smartphone either: everything works quickly, smoothly and without slowdowns.

Work offline

The smartphone has a non-removable battery with a capacity of (!) 4050 mAh. The manufacturer claims that the device will work perfectly for two full days. And indeed it is. In everyday mode (half an hour of mail, half an hour of Twitter, sync turned on, two hours of video at maximum brightness), the smartphone lasted two full days perfectly.

In reading mode (brightness 10%, Airplane mode enabled), the smartphone lasted 20 hours! Amazing numbers, I never got such results in reading mode.

Viewing HD video at maximum brightness drained the device in 7 hours. Here the indicators are not so impressive, but also not bad.

In general, the battery life of Huawei Ascend Mate is excellent, it is one of the longest-playing smartphones.

Watching video and reading

Mate is great as a portable video player. Huge, by the standards of smartphones, the diagonal has a positive effect on viewing comfort. You almost do not have to strain your eyes, you can comfortably watch even movies with subtitles. There are also no problems with codecs and video formats, MP4, MKV and AVI containers are supported, and the following codecs: H.264, Xvid, DivX, VC1, as well as audio codecs: MP3, FLAC, AC3, DTS (not in all video files). In public transport, 80-90% brightness is enough for comfortable viewing.

Reading with Mate is also a pleasure, the maximum brightness is suitable for public transport, the minimum is for reading in the dark.

Camera

The smartphone has two cameras: the main one with 8 MP and the front one with 1 MP. Pictures from the main camera are good, although not as good as in the same Galaxy S4 or iPhone 5. Shooting and focusing speed is at the level of modern flagships. The maximum resolution for video is 1080p. You can find examples of photos and videos below.

The front camera supports Skype video calls and the image quality is at a typical level for such devices.

Interfaces

Mobile network - the phone works in cellular networks 2G (GSM/GPRS/EDGE, 850/900/1800/1900 MHz) and 3G (900/2100 MHz).

Wi-Fi (b/g/n) - in addition to the usual 2.4 GHz frequency, 5 GHz frequencies are also supported, but my smartphone can connect to my Time Capsule, which distributes Internet at this frequency couldn't. In the settings, you can enable the "distribution" of mobile Internet using Wi-Fi, as well as use file transfer using Wi-Fi Direct.

Bluetooth 4.0 - all popular profiles are supported, including A2DP.

GPS - cold start takes about five seconds.

Conclusion

There are no complaints about the quality of speech transmission: you and your interlocutor hear each other perfectly.

The cost of the device depends heavily on the store: small stores sell Mate for 16,500 rubles, and large chains for 17,500-18,000 rubles. For this money, you get a smartphone with a huge diagonal and no less huge battery life, made in a simple style. Of the shortcomings, I would note small "roughness" in the translation of Emotion UI and the price.

The main competitor of Huawei Ascend Mate is Samsung Galaxy Note II. Its price in federal retail is 25 thousand rubles, Huawei Ascend Mate costs 19 thousand rubles there. If we compare devices head-on, then on the side of Note II is the best camera and stylus support, along with proprietary software, as well as brand strength. Advantages of Mate: a large screen size, nice soft features (on-screen buttons and replacement of the main memory with a card), as well as the best case materials, Mate does not feel like a plastic toy in the hand. I will not consider the type of matrix for Note II and Mate to be either a plus or a minus, since someone likes SuperAMOLED more, and someone likes IPS matrices.

And of course, the difference of 6 thousand rubles is also an important factor. However, now in retail, apparently, there is another round of the “price war”, since the price tag for Note II is constantly “jumping” from 21 thousand to 25 thousand. For 21 thousand, of course, it makes sense to take Note II (and if you look in the direction of stores selling "gray" devices, then the same Note II is sold there for 16-17 thousand).

Another competitor from Samsung is the Galaxy Mega 6.3. But, as Eldar Murtazin noted in his review, in the case of Mega 6.3 it makes sense to pay a little extra and take Note II.

To be honest, I really liked the Mate: a strict appearance, a nice-to-touch back cover, a huge screen diagonal and a good IPS-matrix (unfortunately, my eyes get tired of the Note II screen), coupled with many interesting software solutions (hiding on-screen buttons, the ability to "replace" the main memory with a card, and much more) create a positive impression of the device. But, for 19 thousand rubles, many will prefer to take the same “gray” Note II. In my opinion, if Huawei drops the price of the Mate to 15,000, then it will be a great choice for those who are looking for a device with a huge screen, long battery life and a quality case.

Huawei Ascend Mate review

After the resounding success of the first Galaxy Note, many companies tried to replicate it and released models that reflected their vision of a big phone. Someone also added a stylus, someone bet on the price, and Huawei decided to focus on screen size.

Packages

  • Smartphone
  • Charger
  • Wired headset
  • PC cable
  • Warranty card and documentation

Appearance, materials, controls

The smartphone has a strict appearance, no smooth shapes, no unnecessary elements.

The entire front of the device is occupied by a huge 6.1’’ screen. Above it you can see the speaker mesh, the front camera eye, as well as proximity and light sensors.

The bezel around the smartphone is made of matte plastic, pleasant to the touch.

On the left is the power button and volume rocker. Both keys have a short travel with a characteristic click, it is convenient to use them. In addition, the manufacturer has arranged the buttons in such a way that when you take the smartphone in your hand, your thumb immediately rests on the power button.

At the top you can see a 3.5mm headphone jack and a microSIM slot. To open the plug, just pry it with a small groove with your fingernail.

The same cover is used to cover the microSD memory card slot located on the right side. The smartphone supports cards up to 64 GB.

At the bottom end there was a place for a microUSB connector and a microphone hole.

I was particularly pleased with the back of the device. It is made of matte rubberized black plastic. Thanks to this material, the device is very pleasant to hold in your hand, it does not feel like a plastic toy.

There are no complaints about the assembly of the smartphone, all parts are tightly fitted to each other, there are no gaps, backlashes, squeaks.

Dimensions

I think you have noticed how neatly Samsung increases the screen size of the Galaxy Note line. The edge of convenience on which such devices are located is very thin and it is very easy to cross it. Many readers said that Huawei “stepped over” all conceivable and inconceivable limits, that 6.1 ”is too much, and in general, who needs it with the Galaxy Note II. I dare to disagree: despite the increased screen size, the dimensions of the Mate are still within the limits of convenient use. Yes, the device becomes not so convenient to put in the front pocket of a shirt, but otherwise - no complaints. Although perhaps I will note one more minus: when you talk on Mate, the feeling that you are holding a tablet near your ear appears much more often than with the same Galaxy Note from Samsung.

  • Samsung Galaxy Note II - 151.1x80.5x9.4 mm, weight 180 grams
  • ZTE Grand Memo - 159.9x82.6x8.5mm
  • Huawei Ascend Mate - 163.5x85.7x9.9 mm, weight 198 grams
  • Sony Xperia Z Ultra - 179.4 x 92.2 x 6.5 mm, weight 212 grams

You can still hold the Mate in your hand, but using it with one hand is out of the question. As for the weight, it is evenly distributed throughout the device, so despite the fact that the Mate is heavier than the Note II, you almost don't feel this difference.

Screen

One of the factors behind the success of the first Galaxy Note was the huge difference in size to current flagships (4.3 inches vs. 5.3 inches). For many buyers, such dimensions caused delight, primarily associated with a significantly increased screen diagonal. However, a year later, the diagonals of the flagships increased to 4.8 '', and the Note II had a diagonal of 5.5 '', the gap between the diagonals (and resolution) narrowed, and the second Note no longer aroused such enthusiasm after the Galaxy S3 as the first after the Galaxy S2 .

Why such a long preface? The fact is that the first impressions of the Huawei Ascend Mate reminded me of the excitement of the first Note: “Wow! Blimey! How big is he!” after a while you get used to such a screen and its diagonal no longer seems excessive.

A few technical characteristics: Mate screen diagonal - 6.1 '', resolution - 1280x720 pixels, matrix type - IPS, the screen is covered with protective glass Gorilla Glass 2 and has an oleophobic coating (due to this, the finger easily slides over the display surface). The device has a light sensor, automatic brightness control works flawlessly. Of the interesting features: the ability to work with the device with gloves. This option is enabled in the settings. The responsiveness of the screen when working in Toyota Corolla 2014 in Ghana with gloves worsens, on the other hand, this function is not needed very often (pick up the phone or switch the track in frosty weather).

A few technical characteristics: Mate screen diagonal - 6.1 '', resolution - 1280x720 pixels, matrix type - IPS, the screen is covered with protective glass Gorilla Glass 2 and has an oleophobic coating (due to this, the finger easily glides over the display surface). The device has a light sensor, automatic brightness control works flawlessly. Of the interesting features: the ability to work with the device with gloves. This option is enabled in the settings. Screen responsiveness when working in Toyota Corolla 2014 in Ghana Toyota Corolla 2014 worsens with gloves, on the other hand, this function is not needed very often (pick up the phone or switch the track in frosty weather).

In the sun, the screen almost completely fades, you can see the information only at maximum brightness (however, even in this case you will see your own reflection).

Viewing angles of the display are close to the maximum, with a strong deviation, the brightness drops only slightly.

The key question for this screen is "Is it comfortable to use?" after two weeks of use, I can say with confidence that such a diagonal has the right to exist. The convenience of watching movies and reading is greatly increased, and the smartphone itself is still more compact than a seven-inch tablet.

I'll talk about on-screen buttons separately. As you all know, when starting games or reading, these same buttons are not hidden, as a result, you can observe a small black bar on the right, which clearly negatively affects convenience. In addition, these on-screen buttons can be accidentally pressed, which is terribly annoying in fast-paced games. Huawei has applied a simple and elegant solution to this problem: there is a small arrow to the left of the on-screen buttons (the option is enabled in the settings), when you press it, the buttons disappear, to return them, just “swipe” from the bottom up from the edge of the screen.

I can't even tell you how great this is! It is surprising that Google themselves did not do this (And moreover, judging by the rumors, they banned this “trick” in the Ascend P6). In fact, the on-screen or touch buttons below the screen are a big problem. If you play from a smartphone, then one way or another touch them with your palm, the consequences of such clicks are very sad.

Operating system

The smartphone is based on the Android 4.1.2 OS, on top of which is installed a proprietary shell from Huawei - Emotion UI. The manufacturer has changed almost all the standard Android programs and replaced them with their own. In fact, Emotion UI is a full-fledged competitor to the latest versions of TouchWiz and HTC Sense. Below I will talk about the features of this shell.

Desktops. Emotion UI uses the desktop concept from iOS. All application icons are located on the tables themselves, there is no application menu as such. In addition, the icons are redrawn in the corporate style, however, if the icons of "their" applications are completely redrawn, then all third-party programs received just a gray rim. Why this was done is unclear. Personally, I am for the use of original icons. By the way, there are no complaints about the speed of the launcher: the smoothness of paging is comparable to that in iOS.

MeWidget. A large 5x3 widget that includes a clock, a music remote control, a quick call to contacts and a weather forecast.

At first glance, it looks very nice and functional, for example, you can swap parts of the widget in places and greatly change its appearance.

However, after a while, you realize that it has many shortcomings. Firstly, when you click on a contact, its card opens, and not a call is made, secondly, you cannot reduce the size of the widget, and thirdly, parts of the widget are not available separately, although I would not refuse a digital clock and weather in separate widgets.

Lock screen. Allows you to quickly open one of three programs: camera, dialer and SMS messages, or immediately unlock the screen. When listening to music, a widget in the form of a control panel appears at the top.

Status bar. In its upper part there are switches for wireless interfaces. You can change their order if you wish. Unlike the status bar in TouchWiz, there is no brightness slider, and long pressing the switch does not take you to its settings.

Dialer. Russian letters appeared on the keys, but for some reason the manufacturer removed the English ones.

But the call screen of the subscriber really upset me. Imagine you are holding a huge smartphone with a diagonal of 6.1 ″ in your hand, someone calls you, and a photo of this person is displayed in a tiny window on the left. Why did they do it? For what? What guided the developers? It's not clear.

Keyboard. The Emotion UI's own keyboard is very similar to that of the HTC Sense. Large letters, light background of the keys, and the same flaw with the lack of additional characters in the Russian layout. By the way, for the keyboard, you can turn on the mode of control with one hand.

Themes. You can download and install special theme "packs" that include full customization, from the appearance of icons and lock screen to wallpapers and ringtones.

Emotion UI left behind a double impression: on the one hand, it has a lot of interesting solutions, the same switches in the status bar and support for many third-party themes. And on the other hand, I would like all these add-ons to be turned off with “one click”, as is done in the shell from Sharp. After all, some additions are controversial or negative. For example, someone might not like the decision to put all programs on the desktop, and of course, having a small photo call screen of your own is very frustrating.

Performance

The smartphone is built on the basis of its own HiSilicon K3V2 quad-core processor, operating at a frequency of 1.5 GHz, video accelerator - Immersion.16, RAM - 2 GB, internal storage capacity - 8 GB (4.8 GB available to the user), supported memory cards up to 64 GB inclusive.

Low internal memory could have a negative effect on the number of games with large caches that you could install on the device, but, as with the on-screen buttons, Huawei managed to elegantly "get out" of this situation. In the "Memory" settings section, you can swap the internal memory and memory card.

I've read a few reviews online from colleagues about how Huawei's own processor didn't work well with games, but those reviews are probably a couple of months old, as my sample has no problems with games. Even demanding N.O.V.A. 3, NFS: Most Wanted and Real Racing 3 ran smoothly and without stuttering.

As for everyday tasks, such as surfing the web or twitter, there are no complaints about the smartphone either: everything works quickly, smoothly and without slowdowns.

Offline work

The smartphone has a non-removable battery with a capacity of (!) 4050 mAh. The manufacturer claims that the device will work perfectly for two full days. And indeed it is. In everyday mode (half an hour of mail, half an hour of Twitter, sync turned on, two hours of video at maximum brightness), the smartphone lasted two full days perfectly.

In reading mode (brightness 10%, Airplane mode enabled), the smartphone lasted 20 hours! Amazing numbers, I never got such results in reading mode.

Viewing HD video at maximum brightness drained the device in 7 hours. Here the indicators are not so impressive, but also not bad.

In general, the battery life of Huawei Ascend Mate is excellent, it is one of the longest-playing smartphones.

Watching video and reading

Mate is great as a portable video player. Huge, by the standards of smartphones, the diagonal has a positive effect on viewing comfort. You almost do not have to strain your eyes, you can comfortably watch even movies with subtitles. There are also no problems with codecs and video formats, MP4, MKV and AVI containers are supported, and the following codecs: H.264, Xvid, DivX, VC1, as well as audio codecs: MP3, FLAC, AC3, DTS (not in all video files). In public transport, 80-90% brightness is enough for comfortable viewing.

Reading with Mate is also a pleasure, the maximum brightness is suitable for public transport, the minimum is for reading in the dark.

Camera

The smartphone has two cameras: the main one with 8 MP and the front one with 1 MP. Pictures from the main camera are good, although not as good as in the same Galaxy S4 or iPhone 5. Shooting and focusing speed is at the level of modern flagships. The maximum resolution for video is 1080p. You can find examples of photos and videos below.

The front camera supports Skype video calls and the image quality is at a typical level for such devices.

Interfaces

Mobile network - the phone works in 2G (GSM/GPRS/EDGE, 850/900/1800/1900 MHz) and 3G (900/2100 MHz) cellular networks.

Wi-Fi (b/g/n) - in addition to the usual 2.4 GHz frequency, 5 GHz frequencies are also supported, but the smartphone could not connect to my Time Capsule, which distributes Internet at this frequency. In the settings, you can enable the "distribution" of mobile Internet using Wi-Fi, as well as use file transfer using Wi-Fi Direct.

Bluetooth 4.0 - all popular profiles are supported, including A2DP.

GPS - cold start takes about five seconds.

Conclusion

There are no complaints about the quality of speech transmission: you and your interlocutor hear each other perfectly.

The cost of the device depends heavily on the store: small stores sell Mate for 16,500 rubles, and large chains for 17,500-18,000 rubles. For this money, you get a smartphone with a huge diagonal and no less huge battery life, made in a simple style. Of the shortcomings, I would note small "roughness" in the translation of Emotion UI and the price.

The main competitor of Huawei Ascend Mate is Samsung Galaxy Note II. Its price in federal retail is 25 thousand rubles, Huawei Ascend Mate costs 19 thousand rubles there. If we compare devices head-on, then on the side of Note II is the best camera and stylus support, along with proprietary software, as well as brand strength. Advantages of Mate: a large screen size, nice soft features (on-screen buttons and replacement of the main memory with a card), as well as the best case materials, Mate does not feel like a plastic toy in the hand. I will not consider the type of matrix for Note II and Mate to be either a plus or a minus, since someone likes SuperAMOLED more, and someone likes IPS matrices.

And of course, the difference of 6 thousand rubles is also an important factor. However, now in retail, apparently, there is another round of the “price war”, since the price tag for Note II is constantly “jumping” from 21 thousand to 25 thousand. For 21 thousand, of course, it makes sense to take Note II (and if you look in the direction of stores selling "gray" devices, then the same Note II is sold there for 16-17 thousand).

Another competitor from Samsung is the Galaxy Mega 6.3. But, as Eldar Murtazin noted in his review, in the case of Mega 6.3 it makes sense to pay a little extra and take Note II.

To be honest, I really liked the Mate: a strict appearance, a nice-to-touch back cover, a huge screen diagonal and a good IPS-matrix (unfortunately, my eyes get tired of the Note II screen), coupled with many interesting software solutions (hiding on-screen buttons, the ability to "replace" the main memory with a card, and much more) create a positive impression of the device. But, for 19 thousand rubles, many will prefer to take the same “gray” Note II. In my opinion, if Huawei drops the price of the Mate to 15,000, then it will be a great choice for those who are looking for a device with a huge screen, long battery life and a quality case.