Battle of the 6-inch Phones: Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 vs Huawei Ascend Mate

August 24, 2013 - Written By Alexander Maxham

Phones just seem to be getting bigger and bigger. Getting closer and closer to the size of our tablets. To give you an idea, my daily drivers are the Nexus 4 (4.7-inch) and the new Nexus 7 (7-inch). Right now, I’m putting the Galaxy Mega 6.3 through it’s paces for a review, which the device is almost the same size as my Nexus 7. How big is too big for a phone? I thought that the 5.5-inch display on the Galaxy Note 2 was pushing it. But after having some time to play with the Galaxy Mega 6.3 and the Ascend Mate, I think I could use a bigger phone. Today we’re going to compared these two 6-inch phones to each other and see if they can really be used as a “phone tablet hybrid” device, or as others call it, a phablet.


As you can see in the pictures throughout this post, the Galaxy Mega 6.3 and the Ascend Mate are about the same size. Not the Ascend Mate does have a curved back like the DROID DNA and the Moto X. But the Galaxy Mega 6.3 is a bit better to hold. It feels nicer in my hands. Both displays are great, and are much better than the 720p displays we were seeing last year. The Galaxy Mega has a 3200mAh battery vs a 4050mAh battery in the Ascend Mate. Both of them provide crazy battery life. At least in my tests. Both of them work on AT&T and T-Mobile as well, which is great. The Galaxy Mega is running on Android 4.2.2 with Touchwiz, while the Ascend Mate is running Android 4.1.2 with their Emotion UI.


So which one is better? Well right now, I think the Galaxy Mega is the winner. It’s nicer to hold in the hand than the Mate, it’s also got many of the Galaxy S4 features, while Huawei is pretty much just a stock Android device. Sure it has the themes and no app drawer, but otherwise it’s just like a Nexus. Except it doesn’t get updates, or at least not that many of them.


As you can see, both phones are pretty large. But they are usable. Which phone would you prefer? Let us know in the comments down below.