The Xiaomi Mi Note has reached our doorstep and it’s time to put it head to head with the others. This happens to be a large device, so other phablets are naturally the first contenders to go. One of them is the Huawei Ascend Mate 7, a super-sized tablet with great specs.
These are both Chinese manufacturers, so you know the fight will be fierce. Does the Xiaomi have what it takes to beat Huawei’s phablet, or will the Huawei Ascend Mate 7 come out on top? Let’s stop beating around the bush and jump right into the details.
Xiaomi Mi Note specs
- 5.7-inch 1920x1080p display
- 2.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor
- 3 GB of RAM
- 16/64 GB of internal storage
- 13 MP rear-facing camera
- 4 MP front-facing camera
- 3000 mAh battery
- 155.1 x 77.6 x 6.95 mm
- 161 grams
Huawei Ascend Mate 7 specs
- 6-inch 1920x1080p display
- Hisilicon Kirin 925 processor
- 2 GB of RAM
- 16 GB of internal storage
- 13 MP rear-facing camera
- 5 MP front-facing camera
- 4100 mAh battery
- 157 x 81 x 7.9 mm
- 185 grams
Design and build quality
The Xiaomi Mi Note comes with a sleek design and a construction that should keep it together for a long time, but Huawei takes this one with the Ascend Mate 7. This bad boy has a metal body that puts it right next to devices like the HTC One M8 and the iPhone 6.
The main difference here is the size, of course. While the Xiaomi Mi Note is one beast of a smartphone, the Huawei Ascend Mate 7 is even bigger! Huawei’s behemoth comes with a massive 6-inch display, while the Xiaomi Mi Note features a 5.7-inch panel. Huawe did a great job fitting such a large screen in a body that is as small as possible, but it is still bigger, and you will feel it.
Phone size is a matter of preference, so this one is your call. What I will say is that the Huawei Ascend Mate looks and feels much more solid.
Performance and software
The Huawei Ascend Mate 7 was released last year, therefore making it a previous-generation smartphone. Can it compete against the brand new Xiaomi Mi Note in terms of performance? Surprisingly, performance on both devices is pretty similar.
The Xiaomi Mi Note carries a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chip. Meanwhile, the Huawei Ascend Mate carries a Hisilicon Kirin 925 processor. We know most of you probably haven’t even heard of Hisilicon processors, so let’s put it into perspective – it’s equivalent to about a Snapdragon 800.
Witht hat in mind, it’s no surprise to see these devices performing so similarly. After all, the Snapdragon 801 wasn’t a huge update over the 800. The difference is really unnoticeable. Now, the Xiaomi Mi Note has 3 GB of RAM, which means it will be somewhat better than the Huawei Ascend Mate 7 and its 2 GB of RAM. At least in terms of multi-tasking.
Regardless, we have experienced nothing but great performance with both of these smartphones. Where Xiaomi does win is in the software department. They both sport Android, skinned by their very own UI interfaces, but the Xiaomi Mi Note comes with Android 5.0 Lollipop. Huawei’s Ascend Mate 7 is stuck in 2014 with its Android 4.4 build.
Both devices have gorgeous displays with great color reproduction. But I can’t deny the huawei Ascend Mate 7 seems to represent more “true to life” colors. Xiaomi’s screen seems to be more saturated, which is something I actually prefer, but we know many of you want accurate colors.
Aside from hat slight difference, the only major differentiator here is the size. Huawei opted for a 6-inch 1080p IPS-NEO negative LCD. Xiaomi went with a 5.7-inch 1080p LCD panel. This all depends on size preferences.
Unless htere is some kind of variation or slight changes, these devices use the same rear-facing camera. This would be a 13 MP Sony BSI sensor with f2.0 aperture. Photos are just as great.
The only tru difference can be found when you turn the device around. The Huawei Ascend Mate 7 sports a rather powerful 5 MP front shooter. Switch to the other device and you will find it has a 4 MP camera, but it is no average 4 MP front-facing camera. It’s actually the same shooter you will find in the HTC One M7 and M8.
HTC calls it UltraPixel technology, and it is optimized for improving low-light photographs. I find that I like these photos better, even if Huawei’s shots are larger. Remember, good cameras are not about MPs, they are about sensor quality.
Well of course the Huawei Ascend Mate will win this one. We haven’t had the Xiaomi Mi Note long enough to tell you how good its battery life is, but we know Huawei will win this round. I mean, the Ascend comes with a whole extra 1100 mAh more than the Xiaomi Mi Note. They really knew how to take advantage of that large body and stuck a massive 4100 mAh battery inside.
If you want numbers, we made it last for well over 2 days. Check out our Huawei Ascend Mate 7 review to learn more about that.
Price and conclusion
Let’s get down to the meaty part. We are going to talk money now! Some say the world revolves around cash. We don’t know if that’s true, but we sure know its a big factor when choosing a new phone.
The Huawei Ascend Mate isn’t exactly cheap, and it hasn’t lost its value. It costs $599 from Oppomart, and you can find it for about $500 in some other places. This is where the balance switches towards Xiaomi’s side, as the Mi Note launched with a 2299 Yuan price point (about $370 USD).
The only thing Huawei really has going for itself here is the design, and I don’t think its looks are worth that much more. The Xiaomi Mi Note is an overall better device, anyways. Now, the hard part is getting a Xiaomi Mi Note, which sold out in just 3 minutes.
Those of us who would rather not wait will find that the Huawei Ascend Mate 7 is still an awesome device. When it comes down to quality and value, though, the Xiaomi Mi Note wins, hands down.