Britons with extra-large pockets will have more phones to choose from this summer than the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3: Vodafone UK has committed to carrying the Huawei Ascend Mate before the end of July. The carrier hasn't yet discussed pricing, although the Ascend Mate's modest specs (6.1-inch screen aside) should keep costs in check. We were impressed with the gigantic handset's battery life during our testing, so Vodafone customers with an aversion to wall outlets may want to give it a closer look.
Huawei's giant-screened Ascend Mate smartphone launching with Vodafone UK
· Super-sized 6.1 inch HD display among largest available
· July release for Ascend Mate across all Vodafone UK channels
London, UK, July 9th, 2013: Huawei, a leading global information and
communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, today announces
its giant-screened Ascend Mate smartphone will launch with Vodafone in
the UK in July.
At 6.1 inches, the Huawei Ascend Mate features one of the very largest
screens of any smartphone in the market. It also boasts fantastic
horsepower, in the form of a 1.5 GHz Hi-Silicon quad-core processor
and an enormous 4050 mAh battery, and elegant design for unrivalled
big-screen entertainment on the go.
Huawei Device UK Product Director James Powell said: "The Ascend Mate
could be tailor made for British consumers. Its huge HD screen is
suitable for all seasons – bright for the summer and sensitive enough
to work with gloves in the depths of winter. As with all Huawei
phones, the Ascend Mate makes breathtaking power, long-lasting battery
life and stunning design more affordable than ever before."
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The Huawei Ascend Mate is big, bold and powerful, built for heavy-duty
entertainment and communications, and yet it is also portable and
elegant. Its front is almost all screen, which ensures you get maximum
screen and viewing pleasure for minimal bulk. It is compact enough to
slip easily into a jacket pocket, and its lightly rubberized back
ensures its fits well in one hand.
The 6.1-inch HD IPS+ LCD screen has a resolution of 1280 x 720 for
crisp vibrant colours in most light conditions. Huawei's Magic Touch
technology even enables you to scroll, type and tap without taking
your gloves off – for when Summer's out. The display also does away
with the need for a stylus; the super sensitive screen picks up every
gesture. The keyboard can be switched from left to right to centre,
for easy one-handed operation.
The Ascend Mate features an 8.0 megapixel auto-focus rear-facing
camera with HDR and 1.0 megapixel HD front-facing camera, giving great
images and video calling. Dual MIC noise reduction technology, Dolby®
sound system and stereo recording give an enhanced audio and visual
The Ascend Mate provides around two days of ordinary usageon a single
charge, by virtue of its large 4050mAh battery and Huawei's Quick
Power Control (QPC) and Automated Discontinuous Reception (ADRX)
power-saving technology. It also has the fastest charging capability
of smartphones in its range, reducing the charge time by over 30 per
Huawei's easy-to-use Emotion UI runs over the top of the Android 4.1
operating system, enabling you to personalise your Ascend Mate with a
wide range of themes and simplify your homepage with Huawei's Me
Widget, which makes better use of screen real-estate to combine
important information and contacts in a single customizable widget.