Technology with attitude

Nexus 6 vs. Huawei Ascend Mate2 4G – Too Large? No Problem!

1

Last year, many mobile manufacturers were obsessed to push the limits of possible, creating phone with giant screens which are awesome for watching movies or for playing games. But, in our opinion, oversized phablets are not for everybody, as they look ridiculous in the hands of women with small hands. But, we’ll skip this small impediment and we’ll focus on the performance of two well known smartphones: Google’s Nexus 6 and Huawei’s Ascend Mate2 4G.

Designs and Displays

The Nexus 6 was created by Google’s partner, Motorola, which was inspired from one of its models, making the phablet very similar to the Moto X 2014: curved plastic back, metal frame, a dip at the top and a dimple below the rear camera. The phablet is water resistant, it’s relatively thick at 10.1mm and it’s fitted with a 5.96-inch QHD AMOLED screen, which offers a pixel density of 493 ppi.

The Ascend Mate2, which costs only 237 dollars, has a simple plastic back and a metal frame, it’s slimmer at 9.5mm and it sports a 6.1-inch IPS+ LCD screen which delivers clear and vibrant images, despite the fact that the resolution sits at 720p and the pixel density is very low at 241ppi.

Hardware

The Ascend Mate2 is actually a mid-range device which is powered by a Qualcomm MSM8928 Snapdragon 400 quad-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A7 processor, which is backed by Adreno 305 graphics and 2GB of RAM. The Nexus 6 received the fastest 32bit Qualcomm processor – Snapdragon 805, which houses a much faster Krait 450 CPU clocked at 2.7 GHz, an Adreno 420 GOU and 3GB of RAM.

The internal memory of the Ascend Mate2 is lower – 16GB, but it supports expansion up to 64GB, while the Nexus 6 offers two variants of 32 and 64GB, but none of them can be increased.

Cameras

Huawei anticipated the upcoming trend of resolutions used for the two cameras: 13MP (back) and 5MP (front) and the Ascend Mate2 was a nice surprise when it was released in the first month of 2014. Motorola opted for a 13MP rear camera with OIS and dual-LED, but the front camera isn’t very advanced, supporting 2MP.

Batteries

The Nexus 6 may have a large battery of 3220mAh with a decent life, but it’s outperformed by the 4050 mAh removable battery of the Ascend Mate2. However, only the Nexus 6 supports Turbo Charger (quick charging technology) which extends the battery life by 6 hours, when the device is charged within 15 minutes.