The Huawei Ascend Mate and LG’s Optimus G Pro are two of the newest entrants in the Indian Smartphone scene, and both device more or less fall in the same category of phones, i.e., the phablet category. Having said that, let us also inform you that the Huawei Ascend Mate has a much larger screen, measuring 6.1 inches as opposed to 5.5 inches on the Optimus G Pro.
Phablets in time, have managed to create their own category of phones. These are phones meant for people looking for large screens, which can sometimes be used also as a tablet, so you don’t have to carry two devices with you all the time. Samsung ruled the roost for quite some time in the Indian market, with the Note II, but now, being threatened by an array of devices from Chinese and Korean manufacturers.
If you’re confused as to which one to go for between the two, reading below will help you decide.
Display And Processor
As just mentioned, the Huawei Ascend Mate features a large screen measuring 6.1 inches, while the LG Optimus G Pro packs a 5.5 inch screen. Apart from the difference in the screen size, both devices also feature displays with different resolutions. The Huawei Ascend Mate features a 720p (1280x720p) HD display on the larger 6.1 inch panel, while the LG Optimus G Pro packs a full HD resolution (1920x1080p) on it’s 5.5 inch panel. What does this mean? This means that videos and pictures will be much more clearer and fluid on the Optimus G Pro as compared to the Ascend Mate.
In terms of processing power, there isn’t much to choose from in between the two devices, since both these powerful devices come with strong quad-core processors. The Huawei Ascend Mate features a HiSilicon K3V2 quad core processor clocked at a frequency of 1.5 GHz, whereas the Optimus G Pro features a 1.7 GHz one at that regard, also a quad core as mentioned. However, there is a slight difference in clock speeds, and the Optimus G Pro comes with a Qualcomm processor while the Ascend Mate’s processor is built by Huawei themselves, so you can expect the Optimus G Pro to be a bit better and more compatible as well.
Camera And Memory
Speaking of the imaging hardware on these devices, the Optimus G Pro stands out with a combination of a 13MP rear and a 2.1MP front camera. Both cameras outnumber the ones (in terms of resolution) on the Huawei Ascend Mate, which packs an 8MP rear and a 1MP front camera. You can expect the image and video quality to be quite a bit better on the Optimus G Pro, compared to the Ascend Mate. The real noticeable difference will only be felt in the rear cameras which differ in 5MP of resolution.
Although the Optimus G Pro features a 2.1MP front camera as opposed to a 1MP on the Ascend Mate, you can almost neglect this difference since the front camera is used a lot lesser as compared to the front. However, it might matter more to people who use their phone for video calls.
In terms of on-board memory, the Optimus G Pro again outclasses Huawei’s Ascend Mate, being available in two variants – 16GB and 32GB. The Ascend Mate, on the other hand, comes in a sinlge variant which offers 8GB of ROM, falling short of the Optimus G Pro. However, both these devices feature expandable memory. The Ascend Mate can be expanded up to 32GB while the Optimus G Pro can take 64GB.
Battery And Features
As documented much, the Ascend Mate’s USP is the uniquely massive battery, measuring at 4050mAh. On the other hand, the Optimus G Pro packs a 3140mAh battery, which in itself is pretty above average for a smartphone, but is still made to look small by the Ascend Mate. Although the screen measures 0.6 inches lesser diagonally on the Optimus G Pro, the Huawei Ascend Mate should give better battery backup right out of the box. The company claims the phone is capable of 2 whole days of runtime, which really sounds great, the real life performance will be seen in coming times.
In terms of other features, both these devices feature USB Host (OTG) capabilities which let the user connect and use computer peripheral with the device. Both phones feature some other goodies like FM Radio and MIDP Java emulators.
|Model||Huawei Ascend Mate||LG Optimus G Pro|
|Display||6.1 inches, 1280x720p HD||5.5 inches, 1920x1080p Full HD|
|Processor||1.5GHz quad core||1.7GHz quad core|
|RAM, ROM||2GB RAM, 8GB ROM expandable up to 32GB||2GB RAM, 16/32GB ROM, expandable up to 64GB|
|OS||Android 4.1||Android 4.1|
|Cameras||8MP rear, 1MP front||13MP rear, 2.1MP front|
|Price||24,990 INR||42,500 INR|
Both devices, although very comparable, appeal to very different sections of the audience. The LG Optimus G Pro is one for people who are multimedia and gaming buffs, while the Huawei Ascend Mate might suit people who travel a lot and use their phone mainly for productivity purposes. Also, the huge battery on the Ascend Mate really puts it in a league of its own, and might give the device an upper hand.
Another thing which might favour the Ascend Mate is the price factor, the Optimus G Pro is launched for a price of 42,500 INR, while the Ascend Mate sells for 24,990 INR. This might play a very important role in the competition, since the Indian market is as price-sensitive as any other market in the world.
Sales would also depend on customer’s acceptance of a (relatively, in terms of smartphones) new brand, in the form of Huawei. People in India are well aware of LG, and LG would like to bank on the fact.