After comparing the Sony Xperia Z Ultra to the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3, we’re back with another comparison involving the powerhouse from Sony. This time, it is the Ascend Mate from Chinese giant Huawei that goes under scrutiny.
Would it be a good idea to go for the Ascend Mate and save a good 20k bucks, or would the lure of the world’s most powerful processor take you to the Z Ultra? Read on as we try and clear your (and our) minds on the same!
Display And Processor
Both these devices come with pretty massive displays, making them two of the larger phablets around. The Z Ultra from Sony packs a 6.4 inch display, while the Ascend Mate does 6.1. There’s a difference of just 0.3 inches diagonally, and given the size of the devices, this difference can pretty much be overlooked by potential buyers. The 0.3 inch difference would seem big if we were talking of 4 inch displays, but at 6+ inches, it doesn’t sound that noticeable.
The 6.1 inch display on the Ascend Mate comes with a 720p HD resolution of 1280x 720 pixels, while the Z Ultra from Sony features a Full HD resolution of 1920×1080 pixels, albeit on a slightly larger screen. We would expect the Sony Xperia Z Ultra’s display panel to be the better one out of the two.
As far as the processing capabilities of the two phablets are concerned, we’d say it is pretty much a no-brainer for quite a while now, when you’re comparing the Z Ultra to any other device since the phablet features the Snapdragon 800, which is said to be the most powerful mobile processor around at the moment. The Snapdragon 800 comes with a 4 cored clocked at 2.2 GHz per core.
The Huawei Ascend Mate, on the other hand, comes with a quad core HiSilicon K3V2 processor, which is developed in-house by Huawei themselves.
You can expect the Z Ultra to beat the Ascend Mate hands-down when it comes to processing potency.
Camera And Memory
The Z Ultra disappointed a few of us with the inclusion of only an 8MP camera. At a price point of more than 40k INR, it is natural to expect more, but that was not the case. At about 20k INR lesser, the Huawei Ascend Mate also features an 8MP main camera, which gives the Ascend Mate an upper hand due to the much lesser price it can be bought for.
On the front, the Z Ultra features a 2MP unit, whereas the Ascend Mate comes with a 1MP one at that. More was expected of the Ascend Mate, but thankfully the front camera isn’t used nearly as much as the rear camera, so we can safely overlook this gripe up to a certain extent.
The Ascend Mate comes with 8GB of on-board storage, whereas the Xperia Z Ultra features a much better 16GB ROM. Both devices have the capability to have their storage extended. The Ascend Mate’s storage can be extended up to 32GB, while the Xperia Z Ultra’s can be extended up to 64GB.
Battery And Features
Huawei aims to bring a revolution in a way with the Ascend Mate truly massive 4050mAh unit. The device is said to last 2 days on a single charge, and has the capability to charge other devices! This for sure will find the fancy of many a buyer. On the other hand, the Sony Xperia Z Ultra takes the traditional approach and packs a 3050mAh unit, which seems apt for a 6.4 inch display.
You can expect the Ascend Mate to last more than a day quite easily, and upto two days depending on your usage. On the other hand, the Xperia Z can be expected to last one day with it’s 3050mAh unit.
|Model||Huawei Ascend Mate||Sony Xperia Z Ultra|
|Display||6.1 inches 720p HD||6.4 inches Full HD|
|Processor||1.5 GHz quad core||2.2 GHz quad core|
|RAM, ROM||2GB RAM, 8GB ROM expandable up to 32GB||2GB RAM, 16GB ROM expandable up to 64GB|
|OS||Android v4.1||Android v4.2|
|Cameras||8MP rear, 1MP front||8MP rear, 2MP front|
|Price||24,900 INR||44,900 INR|
At 24,900 INR, the Huawei Ascend Mate sounds like a much more bang-for-your-buck device when compared to the Sony Xperia Z Ultra which costs 20,000 INR more than that. However, depending on your style of usage, the Xperia Z Ultra might be the better of the two devices for you. That is, if your usage involves a lot of hardware intensive usage. On the other hand, if you’re on the move for the major part of the day and don’t like having youe device plugged often, you should go for the Ascend Mate. If not anything else, the 4050mAh battery unit is bound to make you happy.