Huawei Ascend Mate 6.1-Inch Phablet, Out Now in the Philippines! Priced at Php 16,990! Complete Specs, Key Features

Huawei Ascend Mate comes replete with all the best features that the Chinese electronics giant could have given any device in its phablet category currently -- and you can now get all that for just Php 16,990. If you ask me, that's already a steal.

"[Flagship level release] Huawei Ascend Mate breaks barriers to deliver a supercharged entertainment, communication and creative experience for all your personal and professional needs. [This product] is an industry-leading smartphone and tablet in one and showcases our innovation as we continue to make great technology available to more people globally and locally," shared Mr. Johnson Ma, Country Head of Huawei Device Philippines.

Aside from the notably large 6.1 inch HD display, the quad core processor (running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS skinned by Huawei's Emotion UI), the full HD recorder, and the 8 MegaPixel camera, the biggest selling point of this phablet, in my opinion, would have to be its giant-size 4050 mAh Li-Ion battery pack, which - according to Huawei - is capable of delivering a whopping 14 hours of web browsing and up to 22 hours and 13 minutes of talk-time! This means that if you charge this phablet fully before you leave the house for work, you won't have to charge it again in your office in the middle of the day. Now, isn't that how things should be?

Furthermore, Huawei Ascend Mate has the fastest battery charging capability of any phablet in its range, saving over 30% of battery charging time. Also, with Huawei's proprietary Quick Power Control and Automated Discontinuous Reception smart power-saving technology, the smartphone provides up to two days of regular or ordinary use on a single charge.

Flaunting a 6.1-inch 1280 x 720 pixels resolution IPS+ LCD screen (for unsurpassed clarity and color accuracy) protected by glass touchscreen with Magic Touch feature providing enhanced screen responsiveness even with gloves, Huawei Ascend Mate also comes with dual MIC noise reduction technology, Dolby sound system and stereo recording. The phablet also features Augmented Reality navigation application, Smart Reading functionality allowing quick reference to dictionaries, Wikipedia and Google Search pages, and Swift Sharing to upload pictures, videos and other content up to three times faster than other phablets over WiFi.

Huawei Ascend Mate is now available across the archipelago via the company's authorized retail outlets. The mega phablet is available in two colors, namely, Pure White and Crystal Black -- which both look extremely elegant. Can't wait to get my hands on a unit!

TechPinas Smartphone Technical Specs Table (TSTST)
Name Huawei Ascend Mate
Type Slate Form Factor (Full Touchscreen), Phablet
Price Category High-End (Flagship Release)
Dimensions163.5 x 85.7 x 9.9 mm
Weight 198 grams
Available Colors Pure White, Crystal Black
Operating System Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
Display 6.1 inches (~241 ppi pixel density), 720 x 1280 pixels, IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Processor 1.5 GHz Quad Core Huawei K3V2 chipset
Internal Storage 8 GB, expandable via microSD, supports up to 32GB
Camera 8 MegaPixels, 3264x2448 pixels, autofocus and LED flash, 1 MegaPixel front camera
Video Capture Full HD 1080p 30 frames per second, 720p 30fps front facing camera
Audio and Video Playback DivX/MP4/H.264/H.263/MP3/WAV/eAAC+ player
Ports microUSB v2.0, 3.5 mm audio jack
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP, LE, EDR, 3G HSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.7 Mbps
Network 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900, 3G Network HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100
Sensors Accelerometer, Digital Compass, Proximity, Gyroscope
Battery Li-Ion 4050 mAh battery
Uptime 14 hours of web browsing, 10 hours 8 minutes of video playback, 22 hours and 13 minutes of talk time
Value-Added Features Extremely long battery life, has one of the largest screens you can get on the phablet, its screen is responsive even if you touch it using a glove
Announcement Worldwide: January 2013
Availability Philippines: June 2013
Price TP Guesstimate: Php 25,000
Official SRP: Php 16,990