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Comparison: Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 vs Huawei Ascend Mate

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A week ago I got my hands on Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 and my initial response was pretty positive to this 6.3-inch device. Samsung has wanted to come out with a midrange smartphone in this size for a while, so we thought we would try to compare it with something relatively close to it (our choice was the Huawei Ascend Mate). So, here we go, here’s our comparison between the Mega 6.3 and the Ascend Mate!

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Samsung Galaxy Mega versus the Huawei Ascned Mate. / © AndroidPIT

Design

A first glance at the devices highlights the curves on the Galaxy Mega versus the square-ish form of the Ascend Mate. A smartphone of this size should really have some ergonomic features that makes it easy to use and makes the user forget about its actual size. The Galaxy Mega’s housing was thinner and, in my opinion, more attractive. And despite being narrower and a little bit smaller, the Ascend Mate definitely felt like it was the larger device.

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Ascend Mate (bottom) and Galaxy Mega (top) / © AndroidPIT

Overall, the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 was easier to manage, even with a slight bend on the back of the device for better grip. However, the Huawei chassis definitely wins some points for the location of some of the physical controls. I have, in the past, complained about volume controls being on the left side of various devices (Galaxy Mega included) and the Ascend Mate has put its volume controls and on/off button on the right side. Personally, I find this more logical as most people use their device with their right hand and this provides an easier reach.

Screen

The difference between the screens is pretty small, but still noticeable. On one hand, we have the Galaxy Mega with a 6.3-inch LCD screen with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. On the other hand, the Ascend Mate is a 6.1-inch screen with the same resolution.  Although the Mega screen is larger, the pixel density is reduced and as such comes in with a 233 ppi versus the 241 ppi of the Ascend Mate. Personally, on a larger screen a better pixel density is definitely something I like to have as you get better readability.

Software

Here’s the biggest difference between the two devices. The Galaxy Mega is equipped with Android 4.2 combined with the Nature UX user interface and comes complete with a plethora of Samsung features, such as Smart Stay, Air View, and multi-window mode. The latter is a great feature, especially for something this large.

The Ascend Mate, however, runs Android 4.1.2 and comes along with their Emotion UI 1.5. With this, the classic app drawer is missing and all new apps are simply added to the many home screen pages and organized in various folders.

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The Ascend Mate has virtual buttons that can be hidden. / © AndroidPIT

Points go to the Ascend Mate for their decision for navigation. As with the Nexus devices, the Ascend Mate has three virtual buttons on the bottom of the screen that can be hidden away to maximize your screen space.

Camera

Both of these phablets have a 8-megapixel camera on the back of the device and come with a LED flash. However, the placement is a bit different between the two. The LED flash is located underneath the sensor on the Galaxy Mega and to the side of the sensor on the Ascend Mate. Again, the big difference lies in the software behind the camera. The Galaxy Mega comes with a camera application that offers a ton of shooting modes, as is known with most Samsung devices, and the use of filters. This is probably the weakest point for the Ascend Mate as despite having the same sensor, the software doesn’t provide many options other than a HDR and Beauty mode.

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With similar sensors, the location of the LED flash is one of the main differences. / © AndroidPIT

Specs

Within the specs of the two devices also lies another main difference. The processor on the Galaxy Mega is a dual-core Qualcomm while the one in the Ascend Made its own quad-core processor. Both devices support microSD expansion and just by glancing at the specs, it seems that the Ascend Mate offer better hardware with a more powerful processor and battery. Check out the comparison chart below for some more information:

  Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 Huawei Ascend Mate
CPU Snapdragon 400 dual core 1.7 GHz Huawei K3V2 quad core 1.5 GHz
RAM 1,5 GB 2 GB
Screen 6.3-inches, 1.280 x 720 píxeles, 233 ppi 6.1-inches 1.280 x 720 píxeles, 241 ppi
Memory 8 / 16 GB, microSD expandable 8 GB, microSD expandable
Camera 8 MP (rear), 1,9 MP (front) 8 MP (rear), 1 MP (front)
OS Android 4.2.2 with TouchWiz Android 4.1.2 with Emotion UI
Dimensions 167.6 x 88 x 8 mm 163 x 85.7 x 9.9 mm
Weight 199 grams 198 grams
Battery 3200 mAh 4050 mAh

Conclusion

Well, if aesthetics aren’t really a huge selling feature for you and you want something simple with relatively good hardware under the chassis, the Ascend Mate most likely is right up your alley. In the size range of 6-inch smartphones, Huawei has done some good work with the battery, processor and screen on their Ascend Mate phablet.

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However, one of the great advantages of the Galaxy Mega is the Samsung name behind it, as well as the additional features and software that comes with it. Unfortunately, this is also reflected in the price of the device. The Galaxy Mega retails for around $650 US Dollars while the Huawei Ascend Mate is priced around $500.

So, given the choice between the two, which one would you choose?