The Huawei Ascend Mate flaunts a 6.1" IPS+ LCD of 720p resolution, which works out to 241ppi. While this is nowhere near the 400+ pixel density of current flagships, we should not forget that it's a completely different price range we're talking about. The Ascend Mate beats a direct rival in the face of the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3, too.
The Huawei Ascend Mate's screen offers very good viewing angles with no color shift and only slight contrast loss when looking at the display at an a angle.
|Display test||50% brightness||100% brightness|
|Black, cd/m2||White, cd/m2||Black, cd/m2||White, cd/m2|
|Sony Xperia ZL||-||-||-||0.44||575||1294|
|Sony Xperia Z||-||-||-||0.70||492||705|
|Huawei Ascend Mate||0.23||222||982||0.67||711||1053|
|Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3||0.12||160||1364||0.32||440||1379|
|Samsung I9505 Galaxy S4||0||201||∞||0||404||∞|
|Oppo Find 5||0.17||176||1123||0.51||565||1107|
|Samsung N7100 Galaxy Note II||0||215||∞||0||402||∞|
|LG Optimus G Pro||-||-||-||0.41||611||1489|
|Nokia Lumia 920||-||-||-||0.48||513||1065|
|LG Optimus G||0.14||197||1445||0.33||417||1438|
|Apple iPhone 5||0.13||200||1490||0.48||640||1320|
The brightness control in the notification area is a single virtual key with four steps: Automatic, 100%, 50% and 0% brightness. There's no brightness slider as in competing Android devices. There is an additional Smart Backlight toggle in the Display Settings - this could be On or Off and we're not sure how it affects the image quailty.
You can find all about our display testing routines here.
Huawei Ascend Mate's screen under a microscope
The Huawei Ascend Mate also offers an option to adjust the color temperature. It's a slider that gives you control over color balance depending on how you like your display better - cooler or warmer.