On Thursday, Vodafone UK has launched the Huawei Ascend Mate, which they have an exclusive on in the UK. The Huawei Ascend Mate, is Huawei's first "phablet" device which was announced back at CES 2013 in January. The device will be available for free for £29 per month (that includes 600 minutes, unlimited text and 500MB of data) and £300 for pay as you go customers. Not a bad deal all things considered.
The Huawei Ascend Mate is a 6.1-inch phone which has a IPS 1280×720 resolution display. It's also powered by a Hi-Silicon K3V2 quad-core 1.5GHz processor and a 4050mAh battery inside. There is only 8GB of internal storage, but the device does have a microSD card slot that supports up to 32GB. It'll be running on Android 4.1 – Jelly Bean. And there's no word, just yet, on an update to Android 4.2.
The Huawei Ascend Mate was the first 6+ inch phone to be announced. At the time we thought the Chinese manufacturer was crazy. But since then we've seen Samsung launch the Galaxy Mega 6.3, and Sony with the Xperia Z Ultra which has a 6.44-inch display. The Ascend Mate also has Huawei's Emotion UI, and is very customizable so you can use the device with one hand. You can even swipe away on the on-screen navigation buttons, which was one of my favorite features of the Ascend Mate.
It's about time that the Ascend Mate has launched outside of its homeland of China. But is it too late? Since the device was announced almost 7 months ago, it's pretty far into to it's cycle now and we're expecting Huawei to announce it's successor at CES in about 5 months. If you're not looking to have the most current phone, then the Ascend Mate is still a great one to buy, especially if you want a huge phone.
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