The Ascend Mate includes a 1. 5 GHz quad-core processor with 1 or 2 GB of RAM. The device incorporates a 6. 1-inch 720p IPS display, which the company considers to be the largest screen ever used on a smartphone. The Ascend Mate's display takes up 73% of its face, allowing it to maintain a relatively compact form factor. The screen also incorporates a feature marketed as "Magic Touch", which allows the capacitive touchscreen to be used while wearing gloves (similarly to the Nokia Lumia 920). The device also includes an 8-megapixel rear camera, and a 1-megapixel front-facing camera. The design of the Ascend Mate uses a rounded build with a non-removable plastic cover on its rear, a front covered in Gorilla Glass, and a metallic frame around its edges. The rim of the device incorporates a top-mounted 3. 5 mm headphone jack, microSD slot, volume rocker, power button, and camera shutter button. The Ascend Mate uses software menu buttons as implemented by the Android operating system.