Huawei have a long and illustrious history, and are the largest manufacturer of telecommunications equipment in the world. It’s only right, of course, that this expertise should be put to good use in producing smartphones, and the Ascend XT is a perfect example of just how good the company is at doing so. Covered by our incredible 14 Day Returns Policy and fully unlocked and ready for use on any GSM network in over 160 countries worldwide.
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The XT in the name refers to the increased size of the Ascend XT’s screen which weighs in at a whopping 6 inches. This extra size bridges the gap between phones and phablets, leading to the slightly less-than-elegant “phablets” portmanteau. However, that aside, the Ascend XT is a wonderful device that will still fit comfortably in most pockets or purses. The extra screen real estate makes a whole world of difference when watching movies or gaming.
The display itself is of the IPS-LCD variety. The great benefit of such displays is that it can be viewed from just about any angle with no loss of color or sharpness. It also doesn’t suffer from the “finger-ghosting” that other screens have, where sliding your finger across the screen leaves a white trail. Technicalities aside, the quality of the display on the Ascend XT is stunning. The colors are vivid and bright, and the sharpness is excellent.
In terms of connectivity, multi-band 4G is here for calls, texts and data. So you get the best quality and fastest mobile transfer rates available. There’s also 3G and 2G fallback available if you’re out of 4G range, so as long as you have any kind of signal, calling and texting will always be possible.
Connection to other enabled devices or in-car use is there via Bluetooth and A-GPS for location. Wi-Fi is 802.11 g/g/n, meaning super-fast connection to any available Wi-Fi network. Also built in is Wi-Fi Direct. That system is similar to Bluetooth in that a direct connection can be made to another Wi-Fi direct device. Yet the sending and receiving of files is much faster than Bluetooth.
The 8MP rear camera has flash, autofocus, touch-focus, face and smile detection, self-timer and object tracking. It also has the ability to be voice activated. This is useful given the XT’s larger screen size, as those with smaller hands may struggle to hold the phone and trigger the shot. Video capture is available at 720p HD resolution, and there’s a 2MP, selfie-friendly front camera.
The Ascend XT is capable of playing just about any commonly used audio or video format.
This device has a very generous 16GB of internal storage, enough for a handful of movies or thousands of mp3s. You can add extra storage via the MicroSD card slot up to a grand total of 48GB.
As we’ve mentioned, watching movies on the enormous 6 inch screen is an absolute delight. The built in light sensor will brighten or dim the screen slightly to maintain optimal viewing conditions.
The Ascend XT runs Google’s Android operating system, the most widely used mobile OS in the world, supported by one of the biggest tech companies. This gives you access to apps for every possible requirement at the tap of an icon and brings everything from mobile banking to weather forecast right to your fingertips.
Keeping all this fantastic functionality running is an 8-core processor and a seriously heavy duty 3000mAh battery. Keeping a screen this size running takes a lot of oomph, but the battery still gives you 17 hours talk time or 13 days standby.
Frankly, the Ascend XT brings an awful lot to an expanding phablet market, and provides outstanding value for your dollar. I suppose we should expect little less from a company of Huawei’s standing and reputation.
|Dimensions||6.45 × 3.30 × 0.35 in|
|GSM or CDMA|
|Android Operating System|
|MicroSD Card Slot|
B2 (1900), B3 (1800), B5 (850), B8 (900)
B1 (2100), B8 (900)
|4G LTE Bands/Frequencies|
B12 (700 ac), B2 (1900 PCS), B30 (2300 WCS), B4 (1700/2100 AWS 1)
|Supports Carrier Bands|
AT&T up to 4G LTE, Metro-PCS up to 4G LTE, T-Mobile up to 4G LTE
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