It all started in 2011, when South Korean tech giant Samsung sizzled the smartphone market with the entry of a new category - phablet - by launching Samsung Galaxy Note. Then came the flurry of Android based - 5 inch handsets, phablet, super smartphones or whatever they call it.
Recently, Neil Mawston, executive director of Strategy Analytics claimed that 2013 could be the "Year of the Phablet".
Following on the same strategy and the success of Galaxy Note, Samsung unwrapped the proud successor of the handset - Galaxy Note 2 - with enhanced specs and heftier exterior as compared to the predecessor. However, now Samsung is not alone to reign the segment, all major Android handset manufacturers have come up with cool phablet flagship lineups to dominate and win the supreme throne.
The latest to challenge Samsung's leadership is the Chinese manufacturer Huawei. At the ongoing CES 2013 event, the innovative tech vendor uncovered a gigantic 6.1 inch handset Ascend Mate along with another brawny handset in the same category - Huawei Ascend D2.
Although, out of the duo, the one which has come out as the direct cutthroat against the highest selling Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is Huawei Ascend Mate.
The behemoth screen Huawei handset is announced by the company to be launch later this month, however, only in China market, whereas the availability in other international markets will be witnessed only in the coming months.
Further, there is no word on the pricing of Ascend Mate, but, the device is believed to come with an affordable price tag as compared to the price points of Samsung Note 2.
Well, with the new Huawei Ascent Mate, the tech enthusiasts can obviously make out that the official fight of 2013 phablets between the former and Galaxy Note 2 has commenced. Hence, to find out which out the two heavyweights win triumph, lets take a look at the detailed comparison of the newly unveiled
Huawei phablet and now insecured Samsung Galaxy Note 2. Have a look below!
Dimensions & Weight: While, Ascend Mate boasts a dimension of 163 x 85.7 x 9.9 mm and weighs in at 198 grams, on the other hand, Galaxy Note 2 will prove to be slightly slimmer and lighter with a dimension of 151.1 x 80.5 x 9.4 mm and weight of around 180 grams.
Display: Considerably this the segment where the Huawei offering has intentionally tried to score over the Samsung phablet. As Ascend Mate has been announced with a broad 6.1 inch Super IPS+ LCD capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. Whereas, Galaxy Note 2 now can be called to flaunt a belittled 5.5 inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels.
However, buying Galaxy Note 2 can still benefit you as, it has got the ever creative improved S-Pen support, which has now been revamped with rubber tip and enhanced touch response.
Processor: It can be said that processor wise both the handsets boast similar specs, as Ascend Mate is powered by 1.5GHz quad core processor and at the same time, Galaxy Note 2 is also equipped with powerful Samsung Exynos 4412 Quad processor clocked at 1.6GHz. However, performance of both the handsets is still to be examined, as Huawei phablet has a bigger screen as compared to Note 2 with the support of almost same processors.
OS: When it comes to operating system of the competing phablets, both Huawei Ascent Mate and Galaxy Note 2 will come packed running on Google's latest Android 4.1 Jelly Bean on board.
Camera: In terms of camera optics, both Ascend Mate and Galaxy Note 2 have an 8MP rear camera, however, the latter scores more with a 1.9MP front camera as compared to the 1.3MP front camera in the former.
Storage: When it comes to storage, Ascend Mate packs 16GB internal storage and 1GB RAM as compared to 16GB/32GB/64GB internal storage options and 2GB RAM in Galaxy Note 2.
Connectivity: Both the handsets are packed with connectivity features including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and micro USB 2.0. Further, the Samsung offering comes with NFC for convenient mobile payments.
Battery: While Ascend Mate is powered by a mammoth 4,050 mAh battery, Galaxy Note 2 is loaded with a 3,100 mAh battery.
Price: As of now, there is no word on the pricing of Ascend Mate, Galaxy Note 2 is available starting at Rs 36,900.
Both Ascend Mate and Galaxy Note 2 are impressive devices with beautiful 720p displays, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean platform and more. However, they have different software features that are respective to their own manufacturers.
Ascend Mate comes loaded with Dolby sound system, stereo recording, Augmented Reality navigation service, dual MIC noice reduction technology and swift sharing, which allows upload pictures, videos and other files two- to three-times faster than other smartphone users in a Wi-Fi environment.
When it comes to Galaxy Note 2, it is based on the design of S3, it has some exclusive S software features including S Voice, Direct Call, Smart Stay, S Beam, Pop-Up Play and many more.
Further, Ascend Mate comes with Magic Touch technology, which supports using the touchscreen with gloves.
If the concern is on a smartphone with a massive display experience with glove friendly touchscreen display, that too at an affordable price tag, Huawei Ascend Mate should be the right option.
On the other hand, if the concern is on the size and usability of the device, processor performance, stylus support, better front camera performance and advanced connectivity options including NFC, Samsung Galaxy Note 2 could be a better choice.