The CES 2013 has come to an end. The first major event of the year has left several devices and one of the most prominent was the Huawei Ascend Mate was of 6.1 inches, the smartphone with the largest screen in the world. Will it have what it takes to defeat the most famous “phablet”? Let’s find out: Samsung Galaxy Note 2 vs Huawei Ascend Mate.

We had already seen in 2012 and 2013 that this trend will continue. Apparently we will have to get used to the huge screen devices. Last year began arriving devices of 4.7 and 4.8 inches and it appears that this 2013 will see a lot of smartphones of 5 inches and more.

A clear example is the Huawei Ascend Mate, a new smartphone of nothing more and nothing less than 6.1 inches that comes to compete with the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, a 5.5-inch device. Today in AndroidADN I bring you a comparison between the two phablets of the moment: Samsung Galaxy Note 2 vs Huawei Ascend Mate.

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 vs Huawei Ascend Mate


The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has a Super AMOLED screen of 5.5 inches with a resolution of 1,280 x 720 pixels and a pixel density of 267 ppi covered by Gorilla Glass 2.

For its part, the Huawei Ascend Mate has a huge panel of 6.1 inch IPS + with the same resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels with 241 ppi and Gorilla Glass 2. It also includes Magic Touch technology for controlling the display from a distance in order to use with gloves.

Processor and RAM

Both devices have extremely powerful processors. The Galaxy Note 2 incorporates a chip Exynos 4412 Quad quad core at 1.6 GHz that comes with a Mali-400MP GPU and 2 GB of RAM.

Furthermore, the Huawei Ascend Mate integrates a processor Huawei K3V2 four cores at 1.5 GHz and 2 GB of RAM.

Internal Storage

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 comes in three versions 16, 32 and 64 GB of internal storage, with possibility to extend to 64 GB with micro SD card, while the Ascend Mate includes 16 GB of memory, which can be expanded up 32 GB micro SD card.


The Galaxy Note 2 incorporates an 8-megapixel main camera with ability to take pictures of 3264 x 2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash, capable of recording video at 1080p and various extras such as the ability to record and take pictures at the same time, geo-tagging, image stabilization and more, and a 1.9-megapixel front camera.

The Ascend Mate comes with an 8-megapixel rear camera with autofocus, LED flash, capable of recording at 1080p and ability to take HDR photos, and a 1.3 MP front camera for video calling.

Connectivity and OS

The Galaxy Note 2 comes with Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, EDR, GPS with A-GPS and GLONASS support, micro USB port 2.0 and typical sensors (accelerometer, compass, barometer, etc). The device was launched with Android 4.1.1 but it is possible to upgrade to 4.1.2 Jelly Bean.

For its part, the Ascend Mate incorporates Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 4.0, EDR, GPS, typical sensors (no LTE) and Android OS 4.1.2 Jelly Bean accompanied by Huawei Emotion UI interface.


The Galaxy Note 2 incorporates a Li-Ion 3100 mAh battery that has a range of up to 35 hours on 2G and up to 16 hours on 3G.

For its part, the Ascend Mate battery in one of its strengths. This new device presents a huge 4050 mAh battery that promises up to 22 hours talk time, 14 hours of web browsing and up to 10 hours of video playback


The Galaxy Note 2 measures 151.1 x 80.5 x 9.4 mm and weighs 183 grams, while the Ascend Mate is somewhat larger and heavier, with dimensions of 163.5 x 85.7 x 9.9 mm and weighs 198 grams.

Here is some video to see the differences in images:

You see there are two devices with amazing specifications: big screens, extremely powerful processors, large connectivity options, etc.. However, neither have Full HD resolutions, which is what is expected for this 2013, and its cameras could be somewhat better, especially the Ascend Mate which is a new device (bear in mind that Samsung launched the Galaxy Note 2 in August last year).

Beyond all, these are two excellent “phablets”. Which do you prefer? Galaxy Note 2 or Ascend Mate?

Esteban Cejas

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