Hands-on: Huawei Ascend Mate, P6 and Y320

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Remember how, during a hangout last September, members of the Mobility team talked about Huawei’s silence in Nigeria? Well, that looks to become history. Huawei has not been very visible in the Nigerian smartphone market, but the world’s number 3 smartphone maker has a line up of devices that they are flooding the Nigerian market with. I spent some time having a look at some of those devices today, and it is clear that they mean business.

Here is a quick look at key points of three of the devices that I had brief times with:

Ascend Y320

Huawei Y320
The Y320 is an entry-level Android jelly Bean smartphone with a 4-inch display, dual-core 1GHz processor and 512MB of RAM. This device is hitting the market for about N12,000. Those specs are a steal for that price. Sounds like a worthy successor to the Gaga.

Ascend P6

Huawei Ascend P6
The Ascend P6 is the world’s slimmest smartphone. You need to see it. It really is slim at 6.18mm thickness. It has a 4.7-inch display, a 1.5GHz processor and 2GB of RAM. Yes; it is Android Jelly Bean, with Huawei’s Emotion UI overlayed. In terms of both hardware and UI, the P6 is a superbly stunning smartphone. I was standing there, drooling and wishing I could take one home. But that was before I got a chance to handle the Ascend Mate.

Ascend Mate

Huawei Ascend
This is a phablet with a whopping 6.1-inch display. But forget that for a minute. Forget that it has Gorilla Glass. Forget the Android Jelly Bean OS it runs. Forget the sweet Emotion UI. Forget that the Mate has 2GB of RAM. Forget the 1.4 Ghz quad-core processor that makes things run smooth. What I want the Mate for is the 4,100mAh battery!

No; it is not just a spec point. GSMArena’s battery tests returned an endurance rating of 81 hours:

Go figure. You know I am a sucker for smartphones with superb battery life. I would die for that kind of battery life.

All I had today was just enough time to have a brief hands-on with these devices, but you can be sure that I will be bringing you detailed reviews shortly – right here on your favourite non-techy tech blog. It looks like exciting days ahead from the stable of Huawei Technologies, Nigeria.


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