Phablet wars are heating up! When Samsung released the first generation Galaxy Note, more, other Android OEMs released their own tablets – LG Optimus G Pro, Sony Xperia Z Ultra, Lenovo K900, ZTE Grand Memo. etc. Local telcos also joined the competition. Smart is now offering the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 at All-In Plan 1200 plus P500 cash out for 24 months for the phone.
Globe, on the other hand, retaliated and is now offering the Huawei Ascend Mate, a phablet with a 6.1 inch screen, free at a lower My Super Plan 999. Just like any other plan from Globe, this is fully customizable where you can manage your call and text freebies montly and even choose your preferred lock up periods from 6 to 30 months.
This is the actual picture of the Huawei Ascend Mate I’ve taken from Globe Store in SM Mall of Asia.
Huawei Ascend Mate specs:
- 1.5GHz Quad core Huawei K3V2 processor
- 1GB RAM
- 8GB internal storage expandable via MicroSD up to 32GB
- 6.1 inch IPS HD LCD display (720 x1280 pixels), 241ppi
- Magic Touch
- Corning Gorilla Glass
- 8 megapixel rear camera with autofocus and LED flash
- 1.2 megapixel front facing camera
- HSPA+, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, WiFi hotspot, DNLA, Bluetooth 4.0
- GPS with A-GPS
- 4,050 mAh battery
- Android 4.1 Jellybean
If you are going to buy this unlocked, the SRP is P16,990. One gripe is its lack of LTE although it has HSPA+. Based on my experience Globe has a good HSPA+ network. It is far better than their LTE network which is very limited and slow. If you prefer LTE head over to Smart and get the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 which is LTE capable. But if you find Smart’s offering a little over your budget and HSPA+ is fine with you then get the Huawei Ascend Mate.
A good friend will be getting an Ascend Mate and I will be reviewing it. We heard that the battery life is awesome.