Huawei Ascend Mate (Full Review) was a significant phablet of the year 2013, and the Chinese Manufacturer, gained some feet in India with its success. In the year 2014, we will be seeing a lot more of octa core devices and the first one to arrive in India is Intex Aqua Octa (Initial Hands On review), a six inch tablet with the power of MT6592 true octa core chipset. Let’s take a look at how these two phablets compare against each other.

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Display and Processor

The Huawei Ascend Mate comes with a 6.1 Inch IPS LCD display with 720 x 1280 pixel HD resolution similar to Intex Aqua Octa. The pixel density of 241 ppi will give you a pretty usable display. The display will also be protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3, which makes it extremely resistant to abuse.

The Intex Aqua Octa will provide you with similar display with 6 Inch size. The IPS LCD Display also features One Glass Solution (OGS) technology, which eliminates certain display layers to give you closer, brighter and faster display. The pixel density of 720p HD display is 244 ppi but the display won’t be as well protected.

The Huawei Ascend Mate is powered by Huawei’s own K3V2 chipset which embodies 4 cores ticking at 1.5 GHz. The cores are based on Cortex A9 architecture which are powerful but more power hungry compared to Cortex A7 cores in Intex Aqua Octa.

The Intex Aqua Octa on the other hand carries the first true octa core chipset, MT6592, which houses 8 CPU cores clocked at 1.7 GHz. The GPU employed is Mali 450 MP4 GPU clocked at 700 MHz. RAM capacities will be 2 GB in both the cases and the processing power of Intex Aqua Octa is expected to perform better.

Camera and Internal Storage

The Primary camera in Huawei Ascend Mate is of 8 MP and is capable of full HD video recording. The autofocus camera also has LED Flash for low light photography. The 8 MP camera is capable of full HD video recording. The Front camera with 1 MP sensor is also capable of 720p video recording for high definition video chat.

The Intex Aqua Octa on the other hand features the standard 13 MP/ 5 MP camera combination that we have seen in numerous domestic manufacturer devices. The camera quality is much more than the mega pixel count and we expect the difference between the camera quality to be much pronounced at normal zoom.

The Internal storage in Intex Aqua Octa is also same at 16 GB onboard storage extendable to 32 GB using MicroSD card. The Huawei Ascend Mate on the other hand will offer you 8 GB of onboard storage, expendable to 32 GB.

Battery and Other Features

Huawei impressed every one with the 4050 mAh battery on the Ascend mate, which did make it slightly heavy, but delivered up to 1072 hours of Standby time and up to 23 hours of talk time on 3G.

The Battery capacity is still much more than the new generation Intex Aqua Octa with only 2300 mAh battery which means you will be scrambling for ports and chargers through your day, unless you carry a battery bank or an extra battery.

The Intex Aqua Octa comes with dual Yamaha 1420 speakers with 1.2W output for good quality and loud audio. The Operating system employed is Android 4.2 Jelly bean operating system and it also supports Dual SIM functionality. The Huawei Ascend Mate on the other hand has its home made Emotion UI on top of Android 4.2 jelly bean.

Key Specs

Model Intex Aqua Octa Huawei Ascend Mate
Display 6 Inch, HD 6.1 Inch, HD
Processor 1.7 GHz Octa Core, MT6592 1.5 GHz Quad Core, Huawei K3V2
RAM 2 GB 2 GB
Internal Storage 16 GB, Extendable 8 GB, Extendable
OS Android 4.2 Jelly bean Android 4.2 Jelly bean
Cameras 13 MP/ 5 MP 8 MP/ 1 MP
Battery 2300 mAh 4050 mAh
Price Rs. 19,999 Rs. 25,000 Approx

Conclusion

The new generation Intex Aqua Octa is faster. The sleek body design with only 7 mm thickness makes this phone look classy. The old generation Huawei Ascend Mate looks overpriced in the present scenario, especially in Indian Market, where Huawei is not very well established in terms of after sales services and support.

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