Huawei Drops 6.1″ Ascend Mate, T-Mobile 4G Ready

At 6.1″, the Huawei Ascend Mate takes the honors of the largest smartphone, tablet lovechild to date. Equipped with a quad-core Huawei made 1.5GHz processor, 2GB of RAM, 4050mAh battery (good for 2 full days usage) and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. There’s split-screen multitasking, and it’s going to come in handy for a display that takes up 73% of the device. Here’s the full spec and feature breakdown followed by a video from our own PhoneDog Taylor.

  • 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)
  • Water-resistant/Dust-resistant

Some other notable features of the Huawei Ascent Mate:

  • 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.

Some other features that you’ll find on your future Huawei device:

  • 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.

In an effort to capture a portion of the smartphone market, Huawei announced they will drop feature phones and focus solely on smartphones. Devices like the Ascend Mate are Huawei’s idea of creating an “all-in-one” device that replaces your phone, tablet and even your computer. Huawei will initially launch the Mate in China this month, with other markets beginning in March. If you are willing to stomach the unlocked price of importing an unlocked smartphone, this device is ready for both 1700 and 1900 3G/4G on T-Mobile. HSPA+ 21Mbps only.

If the Galaxy Note II isn’t big enough for your purposes, will the Huawei Ascend Mate be your smartphone/tablet fantasy?

DroidDog via Huawei

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  • I wish that AOSP included the ability to hide/swipe-to-show nav keys!!

  • Deadeye37

    That’s getting ridiculously big! I’d get it, though, if I didn’t have to worry about putting it in my pocket.

    It would be really awesome if T-mobile landed this phone. It would be even better if T-mobile gets the Ascend D2 instead!

  • The Architect

    Apple sues Samsung sues Huawei = iLame vs Galaxy/Note series vs cheap note knockoff. and the cycle is complete! lmao!!!

    • You are waaaaaaaaaaay off. This is in no way a Galaxy Note knockoff, in no way. Being a Galaxy Note 1 and 2 owner, this actually has a few more multi-tasking than the Galaxy Note. On this, the popup window can be used for text messaging, two videos, etc. So I would not call it a knockoff, I would call it competition!

      • The Architect

        Good luck getting timely firmware updates from Communist China with that knockoff!!! XD

        • Mirad77

          Why the hell do stereotypes like you always come around?

        • The Architect

          This isn’t about me being a stereotype towards Huawei when I say this…

          In my line of work being an U.S. Air Force D.O.D. civilian in I.T. Info Security, I can not trust this phone on any level because of this and similar articles >>> . Furthermore, we’re issued goverment blackberries for the sole purpose to communicate with immediate family members and our chain of command. All other phones are to be powered down and left in our vehicles or at home. Connecting ANY phone to ANY government computer for ANY reason will cost my job and spur off a series of investigations.

          On a lighter note, this phone shares similar specs with exception of a slight different firmware from a newer company without a serious ante-up for being a new flagship phone… Thus a cheap knock-off copycat!!!

        • Mirad77

          “Good luck getting timely firmware updates from Communist China with that knockoff!!! XD” is what you wrote. Now tel mel exactly how that has to do with the US gov or ur job. If u think its a cheap knock off then fine , but judge a phone to what it is. Am not a Chinese but as you can tell I hate stereotyping very much and I don’t need to know where and for whom u work for. I don’t know about bb much but if know how much of ur info is collect from iOS and Android then calling a company from a million because its from China doesn’t do u any justice. And yes you are a stereotype.

        • The Architect

          Without having to get into a lengthy discussion about “stereotyping” a brand phones outright, politics, and corporate espionage. I’m ending this thread without any further replies due to my lack of patience and lack of time. Regardless of whatever erroneous comeback comments you have towards me!

          I AM stereotyping this brand and ZTE phone for these reasons!:

          1. Questionable source code for multiple reasons from past models that could trickle down to this phone and future phones!

          2. Whoever buys these phones, they’re indirectly/directly funding the Chinese People’s Liberation Army of Communist China and that alone is bad business every which way imaginable!

          3. For being an underdog company, this is the best they can do with their flagship phone when compaired to Samsung’s lineage? A slightly larger screen and battery with slighly tweaked firmware! They need to ante up with each and every flagship phone release in order to be remotely comparable to Samsung’s lineage!!!

          Enough said, no more dabating! Your replies will be left unanswered and ignored on this thread indefinitely.

        • Mirad77

          To your point 2, almost 70% of electronics sold in the US today including iPhone is made in China and to your point is bad for business. Like I said judge a phone to its merit not anything else. Huawei may be new to phone but are no underdog when it comes to network hardware.
          All three points you made just spell out one word STEREOTYPE.

      • Richard Yarrell

        Wanna be Galaxy Note 2 it is let’s not get it twisted. But competition is very important for all of us so i welcome Huawei to this space. But the creator Samsung has nothing to prove here. Hauwei has much more to do at catching the industry leader.

        • The Architect

          I agree!!!

  • George Millhouse

    i see you fixed the android version error
    you are welcome

  • steveb944

    That ‘Magic Touch Display’ sounds like a bad idea. I think it’ll lead to way too many unwanted touches on the screen for everything, reminds me of going back to the days of butt dialing.

    Regardless the Note 2 was too big and this is humongous in comparison. That’s a pretty sweet battery tho

  • Now this is a good match up for the Galaxy Note 2, a REAL phablet competitor. Not saying I would get rid of my Galaxy Note devices, but this is one that I would pickup in a heartbeat! WOW..Rise of the Phablet, thanks to Samsung!!!

    • Richard Yarrell

      The Galaxy Note 2 stands alone in this space created by the best manufacturer in the tech game. Software and features are deathly important to the well being of any device. Huawei has NO LEGITIMATE android track record so purchase of that device would never happen for me. They are rookies in this space but I say thanks for upping the ante in 2013 Samsung has heard your voice. The Galaxy Note 3 will arrive with the 6.3 inch flexible / unbreakable 1080p screen, with the 2.0ghz Exynos 5 5450 dual quad processor (8) cores cortex A – 15, Mali T658 Gpu, 3gb of ram, 16 meg camera, 3.0 front facing camera, 4200mAh battery, 128gb of storage space. Galaxy Note 3 will be a day one purchase for me.

      • chuck

        where did you get them specs from? send me a link

        • lol, he’s just kidding…The specs he is rattling off, are just something he may want in the SGNote family!

        • chuck

          man lol i was like wth? i just bought a note 2 and it was the first time i looked at it like it was inferior lol

        • Richard Yarrell

          Playing i am not. Reality it is.

        • Source?

        • Bratty

          His source? His behind.

        • Richard Yarrell

 has been all over Samsung USA and Samsung Tomorrow Twitter and Google Plus pages faithfully. Korea times is a major contributor.Sleep all you want bybut the Galaxy Note 3 will have the specs i stated. I am pretty big on Google Plus and Twitter for that matter and communicate with people in the know……..

        • Keyword, “concept” but I respect your response, also the website does not work. Says the content no longer exist, could you post it again? Thanks.

        • squiddy20

          It’s because he doesn’t understand how to post a simple link. He doesn’t understand that there needs to be a clearly defined space around both the beginning and end of any link in a Disqus comment for the software to realize where the url begins and ends. He has no clue.

        • squiddy20

          1. Good job at making a link that doesn’t work. How many times are you going to do this before you realize how links work?
          2. You do realize the key word in the title is “concept”, right? As in, totally unconfirmed and *made up* by someone other than a Samsung employee?You also do realize that there were quite a few “concepts” and rumors thrown around last year for the Nexus 4, a few of which were actually believed by the tech media to be the real thing? Yeah, this is no different.
          3. According to your “source”, the Note 3 will have a 5000 mAh battery, 4GB of RAM, and a 12 MP camera, and yet you’ve claimed different numbers from even that. So which is Richard? Care to give us the “real” numbers? Oh that’s right, you can’t, this is all pure fanboyish speculation. Idiot.

        • So where’d you steal ur Samsung devices, bro?

      • From one Galaxy Note member to another, I can appreciate your comments. However, those specs are a little far fetched. But it would be nice to see, but we both know that won’t happen anytime soon. I only agree with part of your statement, but I do respect it. I like Samsung, and all of their Galaxy S devices. However, everyone can be beat. Everyone. So before you join the bunch of people stating it is a knockoff, give it a chance.

      • Ian Harrington

        I normally back up my arguments with a bit more beef but after reading your reply all I have to say is you are a moron. Huawai does have a decent track record just as long as samsung when it come to android. and NOTHING has been confirmed with the GN3 yet. Don’t talk a big game

        • Richard Yarrell

          I’m in enough communication my friend with enough Samsung people to know what I am talking about. No need to prove nothing at all i am confident enough to know what’s up. Your the one searching nice try thou. Huawei means nothing to android bozo.

        • squiddy20

          So if enough “Samsung people” told you that Samsung would be releasing the Note 3 with an 8 inch Super AMOLED Plus Infinity screen, a 3.2 Ghz hexa-core processor, 6 GB of RAM, 20 MP camera, all the radios needed for it to work on all carriers and frequencies worldwide, and a 7000 mAh battery to power all that crap, you’d believe it? Good god you are the most gullible person I know.
          Of course, you were the idiot who “knew” the Evo 3D would be out June 4th, simply because that’s what all the *rumors* were saying and that it coincided with the Evo 4G release of the year previous. That didn’t pan out.
          You were also the idiot who said the processor in the HTC Sensation was “crappier” than the *same exact one* found in your “legendary” Evo 3D, even after many people shoved proof in your ignorant little face proving you wrong. You are a mindless fool who can’t think for himself, and so, parrots off whatever crap you try to read as actual fact.

      • Mirad77

        D-r-e-a-m, Dream dream dream dream
        I wan’t you; to know that……………Remember that song?

      • squiddy20

        You really are a moron, and here’s why:
        1. Huawei has been in the “Android game” as long as Samsung. The fact that you haven’t heard about them isn’t surprising since, up until a few months ago, they were known mostly only in China. Just because you haven’t heard of them doesn’t mean they’re “soft” or have “no legitimate track record”.
        2. A “dual quad processor” is called an octocore processor. You know, Octogon, octadecimal, etc. It means 8. Didn’t you insult me about being a “useless college boy”? Seems you need some classes yourself.
        3. You say the Note 3 will have a 1080p screen, and that very well might be true, but by the time it comes around, it’ll be old news. There’s already at least 3 phones available right now to consumers that have this, and more to come since they were unveiled at CES.
        4. The only reason any manufacturer would include 3 GB of RAM is because their additional UI crap is so bloated and slow that it NEEDS more than 2 GB of RAM in order to function, i.e. Touchwiz or Sense. Of course, another reason a manufacturer would include 3 GB of RAM is for the uninformed idiots like you who think “MOAR IS BETTR!”

        • Bratty

          squiddy – awesome putdown! Yarrell aint bright and you really handed his behind to him! Nice job.

        • Richard Yarrell

          You sound just as stupid as him. Are you jobless too??? The both of you are a bunch of constant Internet trolling bums. Get a life loser you and@squiddy20 make great sisters.

        • thepanttherlady

          Alright, enough. Everyone back on topic.

        • Richard Yarrell

          As usual the trolling squiddy20 chimes in thinking he has knowledge of something.You pretty funny trolling all over the ItInternet responding to comment after comment jobless no doubt you are. Meanwhile loser Samsung came out with 2gb of ram and they will bring out 3gb of ram they are industry leaders in specs always have been. Question when was the last you ever brought a new smartphone. You walked around with your crappy boost mobile Samsung Moment now you have a crappy Galaxy Nexus on Sprint oh yeah top of the line. You are a typical jobless loser living at home with mommy. Get a job my brother be about reality stop being a Internet coward hiding behind fake names on various sites. Your the biggest joke on the internet i get plenty of laughs from you. Meanwhile i buy what I want whenever i want. Galaxy Note 3 up next in my world. To bad you can’t do the same. Piss and shit on squiddy20.

        • Michael Becerra

          Way to rise above bruh…. Regardless of what you have or can buy, talking like that makes you seem very immature and lacking in all definitions of manners. You criticize people with your horrendous grammar, and ultimately end up sounding more like a troll then those you accuse.
          The note 2 is great, don’t get me wrong. Its now the dedicated head unit in my cars audio set up !

        • squiddy20

          Meanwhile, the only place you’ll find 128 GB of flash storage is in thumb drives or SSD’s for laptops/desktops. The cost of producing such a high amount of storage and cramming it into the (relatively) tiny frame of a phone, even one as large as the “Note 3”, outweighs the benefits. Especially when networks are gradually becoming more robust and reliable. There’s no need for that much storage on a phone.
          “Question when was the last you ever brought a new smartphone.” Why does that matter? Or do you (stupidly, hilariously, erroneously) equate owning the “best tech” with actually “knowing it”. Newsflash Dicky: There’s thousands of people out there who have the same phone you do, and don’t know half the things it can do, or how it works. Heck, my mom has a smartphone and all she uses it for is checking email in addition to the normal phone operations (texting, calls, etc). Is she a “moron” or “idiot” because she doesn’t want to have to learn more (mostly) useless crap in addition to her daily 10 hour job (in the Air Force) and other daily life activities? No, you’re the moron for thinking that the general public is as infatuated with their phones as much as you.
          Finally, you just proved that you’re nothing more than a bratty little child with all your name calling and petty, ridiculously stupid (and even cliche) insults. Seriously, what 50-or-so year old MAN says “piss and shit on you”? Try coming at me with real facts and numbers instead of all this childish BS.

        • Wilma Flintstone

          Not to be on anybody’s side or anything as this debate has me rolling on the floor laughing but I just felt like posting this:

        • squiddy20

          True. There’s that. But it can’t be used by phones since it isn’t Micro SD (unless you were to use an OTG cable and sd card reader, in which case you might as well get a hard drive if you need *that* much storage) and I’m pretty sure (more like 100%) that they don’t use that as the on-board storage module. Currently, the largest storage capacity available to consumers in Micro SD form is 64 GB.

        • Wilma Flintstone

          Good Point Squidster. MicroSD only goes to 64 as of now

      • trolololol

        You are an idiot, I hope your parents didnt decide on other kids afrer you

        • Richard Yarrell

          Here comes the common trolls. The losers who troll sites but never purchase anything. You guys are pretty useless and comical.

        • Michael Becerra

          How do u get a typo typing on that humongous screen ? Or maybe you meant “common”?

        • squiddy20

          You’re talking to the guy who says things like “worth wild”, “rather or not”, and “AT@T”. He also can’t come up with the correct form of their/there/they’re or you’re/your half the time.

      • Michael Becerra

        This guy really, REALLY LOVES THE NOTE 2. lol. I liked it as well, until I got my nexus 4.. That’s when the extremely unrealistic color saturation started to show. Nexus ftw

      • Paul

        I’m not going to regurgitate ignorant rants;
        A: They have been around for a while, in China as pointed out before. They were even mentioned by the press; the government was/is investigating them. I can’t remember the details but I think it was about their affiliations in China.
        B: I cannot believe anything brought forth by anyone/anything other than Samsung when it comes to specs for a device. Sorry, you’re specs are the dreams of all of us.

        C: This looks like a nice device. The features and specs are certainly intriguing and I would definitely want to check out this device in person.
        I think there is a little too much real estate on the bottom for not having any buttons, but it’s still classy. I happen to like my stylus, so I’ll stick with my Note 2.

      • I wish you would shut up sometimes…… your post are so annoying and sound so desperate especially in the end sentiments “day one” purchase just like you told us your daily decisions and pay check history Lmao jeez get a clue buy a value.

        • Enough, don’t come here and berate people. Participate in the conversation without insulting others or don’t participate at all.Kthxbai.

        • Who are you to assess my comment worth? My opinion is contributing and unique. Not to mention if someone doesn’t like what I say they can skip along I do it all the time. People are so hell bent on being politically correct grow a backbone damn! –


        • I’m not telling you to be politically correct, I’m telling you that coming to this page with the sole purpose of insulting the thoughts and opinions of others isn’t ok. As for who I am? I’m the owner of this page.

  • Josue

    “is that a Huawei Ascend Mate on your pocket, or are you just happy to see me” lmao

  • John T

    At the rate they are going the Tablets will be competing with the Phones. With this phone it would look like your talking on a iPad mini or nexus 7 walking down the street…. 5 Inch was cute but 6… Where do we draw the line?!?!?

    • mikkej2k

      Why do we have to “draw a line” ?

    • Dummies….. bezel is why the iPad and nexus are visually “bigger” comparing my screen too a nexus seven it’s really no bigger. So yea the screen bigger isn’t really a problem

  • bleeew

    How does a 6.1 inch 1280×720 device make a 361 PPI?

    • g2a5b0e

      Yeah, that’s completely wrong. Should be 241.

      EDIT: Although, I think the phone is actually 1920×1080, which means it is 361.

      EDIT AGAIN: The phone is definitely 1280×720.

  • I don’t know about what could possibly be the price of it though. 6″ is a bit ridiculous to me too.

  • Alvin Brinson

    Worthless unless it gets rooted and has proper CyanogenMod support.

    • Guest911

      Aaah, lets begin the dumbness. Good one Ali.

  • Eddie

    No LTE fail

    • g2a5b0e

      So, I suppose every T-Mobile phone up until this point is a fail. You’re an idiot. Go troll elsewhere.

      • AndroidProfit

        I guess the Note 2 LTE compatibility is make believe?

        • g2a5b0e

          I know the Note 2 is LTE compatible. I have one. Supposedly, the new S3’s are, too. Still doesn’t make his point any more valid.

  • Dell can suck it!

    I have a note 2 and I am not buying a huawei or a WeiWei! Where there is smoke there is friction maybe not fire. They have spooked several other countries and I am gonna pass no matter how almost clone/clown third world ghetto fabulous that device might look. Pass

  • TechHog

    That’s a freaking tablet. I don’t care what you say, it’s a tablet.

    • Jose Hernandez


    • Spanky

      Agreed 100%. The screen is closer in size to the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HD than it is to the GS3.

  • nerdlust

    im liking these big smartphones i was considering a 7inch tablet to go along with my htc sensation, but i might just consider this beast or note 2 instead.

  • kev2684

    it’s not that bigger than Note II. now i wish 6.3 inch Note III rumor is true!

  • BlackJu

    I can see someone holding this up to his/her ear. Ridiculous.

    • Aaron Peromsik

      I hardly ever hold my 3.7″ phone up to my ear… I use ear buds. For Bluetooth users, too, this is a non-issue.

      A better question would be whether it fits in enough pockets, and whether one-handed operation is at all possible when you get into these kinds of sizes.

  • PhoneDawg

    FALSLY STATED: In the vid he says the camera is 8MP but in the description it says 13MP..

    • Mirad77

      there are two models as said in the video, one with 13 and the other with 8 MP.

  • JBLmobileG1

    They just keep getting bigger and bigger. I wonder when we will see those folding screens that I heard about a while back. With a folding screen they could very well get into the tablet size screens. Not really sure how great a folding screen would be but it would be interesting to see.

  • Hong Kong Phooey

    I’m in China now until the end of the month. Anyone want me to pick them up one?

    • thepanttherlady

      Not on this blog, please. Thank you.

  • Trevnerdio

    They couldn’t have gotten the PPI any more wrong…

  • archerian

    The guy in the video doesn’t know how to pronounce Huawei.. the ‘H’ is silent and its correctly pronounced as ‘Wah-Whey’

  • Nick Cannon

    What percentage of the front is screen on GN2? GN2 is right size for me

  • Richard Yarrell
  • tmobile

    Is this an lte device

  • yozo

    Does it have LED flash? If it has good stock camera features, it would be a contender for me. Though I havent seen anything worth prying my Note2 away from me yet.

  • AM3RIG


  • Scott Walsh

    Huawei is full of bs! A phone replaces a computer? Right…keep it China honey, nobody has even heard of you before!

  • Book


  • Michael Becerra

    Remember how bad the galaxy vibrant was ? How about the behold 2 ? Samsung came a long way from those, let’s give Huawei a fair shake folks!

  • DoDaDum

    I seriously feel bad for DELL right now.

  • thepanttherlady

    While I’m *patiently* waiting for the BB Z10 to make it’s appearance, I’ll be watching the reviews on this one. It has me intrigued.

  • looks just like a Note.

  • Isreal Smith

    for me its all about the hardware… whatever’s missing from the device initially can be handled via a “root” and my pals over on xda developers.. so show me the specs and build quality that I’m after and I’m in..

  • Pacific rim

    Do you think that t-mobile would detect this as a tablet or a phone on its network? I know its a phone, but I’ve had trouble using other imported devices where for some reason the device is registered as an internet only (e.g. tablet) device and my account was suspended.

  • Tbyrne

    David. “0.59” into the video the gentleman states it’s a 8MP camera.

  • Wilma Flintstone

    David, typo. It’s an 8MP camera. Just letting ya know.

  • Hesster

    I haven’t been impressed with the Huawei models I have seen here in the US, but they have all been super low end smartphones, which are problematic for all manufacturers. It will be interesting to see how they handle a higher end device. The specs are nice, and I’m interested in the touchscreen improvements.

  • hapishyguy

    In the video he says 8 megapixels camera and in the article it says 13MP…

  • Randall

    As the owner of a 4.7″ 1280×768-pixel device with 320 PPI, how exactly is the Ascend Mate supposed to be 30% larger with fewer pixels and somehow have *more* pixels per inch? That’s physically impossible.