Our first impression of the Huawei Ascend Mate at its unveiling two days ago was that it was a great big beast of a phone. When we finally got our hands on it yesterday, we were in no way shocked to find that there’s no magic that makes a 6.1-inch phone anything less than enormous.
The general styling is vaguely reminiscent of Samsung’s Galaxy Note, although to be fair, that is largely attributable to the fact that the Note II is the only real frame of reference for a phone this large. The device is pleasant enough to hold, but the sheer size of the phone renders it unusable as a typical phone and pushes you into two-handed operation. No doubt, that will be a deal killer for some. As a Note II owner, this is exactly what concerns me with the idea of the Note III ratcheting things up to 6.3-inches.
As you’ll see in the video, the phone’s quad-core 1.4 GHz processor keeps Jelly Bean and their Emotion UI overlay running smoothly. If we have any MIUI fans out there, the Emotion overlay has that kind of feel to it with no app drawer and the ability to completely tweak the interface with different themes.
While the 720p resolution is perhaps a bit of a disappointment, on a screen this size it shouldn’t be a concern for anyone that hasn’t spent considerable time with the Droid DNA.
Still no word on pricing or availability, and that’s likely the biggest concern; the 800 pound gorilla that is Samsung will no doubt be barreling down the pipeline with the Note 3 before long.