Phones compared – Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 vs Huawei Ascend Mate

megaascendmateAs with most phone market segments, Samsung and Huawei are battling it out for megaphone supremacy. So in this line-up, we’re pitting the Huawei Ascend Mate up against the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 to see which one comes out on top.

Under the bonnet, the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 gets out of the blocks, powered by a 1.7GHz quad-core Krait-powered Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor. The Huawei Ascend Mate revs up on a Huawei K3V2 quad-core CPU delivering up to 1.5GHz clock speed. You don’t get far without memory on any device and here, the Galaxy runs 1.5 GB of RAM while the Huawei Ascend Mate happily gets by with a 2GB memory cache.

The screen on the Samsung model is an SC-LCD capacitive touchscreen panel with resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels in a 6.3-inch chassis. Its competitor delivers a 720 x 1280-pixel I-PS panel in a 6.1-inch display. With gaming so important in these devices, you’ll find the new Huawei Ascend Mate gets a Vivante GC4000 graphics core and the Samsung Galaxy runs through games on its Adreno 305 integrated option.

When it comes to internal long-term storage, the Mega picks up 8 or 16GB options of flash storage, while the Huawei Ascend Mate has just 4GB to play with. If that amount of internal storage isn’t enough, you can expand the Samsung with microSD, up to 64GB and the Huawei, up to 32GB. As for operating system, you’ll find the Huawei Ascend Mate runs Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) inside; the Mega 6.3 features Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean).

Battery life is critical to any device now and the Huawei Ascend Mate features a big 4050mAh Lithium-ion battery but the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 I9200 gets its power from a smaller 3200mAh Li-Ion source inside the device.

Both of these devices have wireless connectivity covered with the Huawei example opting for 802.11 a/b/g/n standard options and the Samsung connecting to your work or home network via 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac. But if you need something more personal, both phones come with Bluetooth on-board up to version v4.0 with A2DP. You get good network coverage from both devices with the Samsung featuring 2G support over the 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900MHz bands and 3G coverage via 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100MHz; as for the Huawei, it provides 3G coverage over 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100MHz and has the same 2G coverage as the Samsung phone.

Dedicated cameras are increasingly becoming redundant and these phones show why. The Samsung unit features a 8 MP (3264 x 2448 pixels) with autofocus-type image sensor on the back and a simpler 1.9 MP option on the front for personal shots. The Huawei Ascend Mate competes with a lower-resolution forward-facing 1 MP option but matches the Mega exactly with its rear image sensor. Both phones will do video recording up to 1080p (1920×1080-pixel) resolution at 30fps.

And finally, rounding up this ‘Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 vs Huawei Ascend Mate’ comparison,┬áthe Galaxy Mega tips the scales at 199 grams and measures 167.6 x 88 x 8 mm. By contrast, the Ascend Mate weighs in a breath lighter at 198 grams but measures up at 163.5 x 85.7 x 9.9 mm, so it’s slightly shorter and a bit thicker. The Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 I9200 was announced in April 2013 while the Huawei Ascend Mate first appeared in January 2013.

NOTE: All specifications are subject to change and may not be correct at time of purchase. Please check before you buy any device that it meets your expectations and requirements.

ModelSamsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 I9200Huawei Ascend Mate
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 400Huawei K3V2
ClockUp to 1.7GHzUp to 1.5GHz
GPU typeAdreno 305Vivante GC4000
Screen size (inches)6.36.1
Screen resolution720 x 1280 pixels720 x 1280 pixels
Screen typeSC-LCD capacitive touchscreenIPS+ LCD capacitive touchscreen
Operating systemAndroid 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
Internal storage8/16 GB4GB
External storagemicroSD, up to 64 GBYes, up to 32 GB
Battery type3200mAh Li-Ion4050mAh Li-Ion (non-removable)
- standby timeUp to 420 hoursUp to 216 hours
- talk timeUp to 17 hoursTBA
Wi-Fi connectivity802.11 a/b/g/n/ac802.11 a/b/g/n
Bluetoothv4.0 with A2DPv4.0 with A2DP
2G coverage (MHz)850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G coverage (MHz)850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100
Rear camera8 MP (3264 x 2448 pixels) with autofocus8 MP (3264×2448 pixels) with autofocus
Front camera1.9 MP1 MP
Video recordingUp to 1080p@30fpsUp to 1080p@30fps
Dimensions167.6 x 88 x 8 mm163.5 x 85.7 x 9.9 mm
Weight199 grams198 grams
Announce DateApril 2013January 2013

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