Excerpt: Huawei makes smartphones, but you might now know it unless you’ve lived outside the U.S. for awhile. Or unless you stay on top of all things mobile and tech. But all that may soon change, as the company has been arduously working toward making a bigger name for themselves. The Android smartphone market is very competitive, but that hasn’t stopped the tech giant from appealing to potential customers.
Summary: While the Ascend Mate2 is fine for personal and business use, there are going to be tradeoffs due its size. For one, the device will stick out of most pockets and will mostly need to be carried in a bag. Additionally, some people might not be comfortable holding such a large phone while on calls.
The Ascend Mate2 is useful as an alternative to a mini-tablet primarily and as phone when necessary.
Huawei Ascend Mate2 4G: a Low-cost Phablet with Stunning Battery Life
15 July 2014
Excerpt: Seldom does one single feature on a smartphone shock a person. But the battery life on the Huawei Ascend Mate2 4G 6.1-inch phablet, a whole four-day plus days, will grab anyone’s attention. Add a great off-contract price, a Corning Gorilla Glass screen and solid construction, and we’ve got a phone that demands attention even if it comes from a company with […]
Conclusion: After spending plenty of quality time with it, we can safely conclude that the Huawei Ascend Mate2 4G proved to be exactly what we expected. By combining quality mid-range specs headed by a large IPS display, a beefy battery with outstanding endurance, and affordable contract-free price tag, the phablet is one of the best value-centric offering available at the moment. Huawei’s choice for the first device to enter the US market is as curious as it is wise.
Pros: 6.1" 720p IPS+ LCD display with Gorilla Glass 3, usable with gloves; 79% screen to body ratio, Android 4.3 Jelly Bean with Emotion UI 2.0, 1.6GHz Cortex-A7 quad-core CPU, Adreno 305 GPU; Qualcomm MSM8928 Snapdragon 400 chipset; 2GB of RAM, 16GB of built-in storage; microSD card slot; 20GB of free Bitcasa cloud storage for 2 years, 13MP Sony BSI camera with LED flash, 1080p video recording; 5MP front-facing unit, 3,900mAh battery; ability to charge other devices via a ...
Cons: Android 4.3 is already an outdated OS choice in mid-2014, Emotion UI 2.0 might not fit all tastes, No changes in design since the previous generation, No NFC
Summary: "THIS HANDSET PROVIDES AN EXCELLENT VALUE-PROPOSITION TO BATTERY-LOVERS" The Huawei Mate 2 has been designed to provide a clear-cut solution to everyday problems in a cost-efficient way. Namely, it brings a good display, a no-nonsense smooth user experience and a battery capacity that is “out of this world”. Overall, this handset provides an excellent value-proposition to battery-lovers.
Summary: The Huawei Ascend Mate 2 4G LTE is a quality big-screen smartphone at a very tempting price. For $299 unlocked, you get a massive 6.1-inch display that, while not full HD, is bright and colorful. The midrange processor offers fairly zippy performance. This phablet's biggest strength is its 15 hours of battery life, which blows away all other devices. We just wish the camera took better photos in low light.
Huawei Ascend Mate 2 4G Review: one of China's biggest players has come to do business in America
16 June 2014
Conclusion: I'm not sure how Huawei will find its place in the western market. The company has several years of experience manufacturing popular consumer products, but those phones all had the names of carriers on them. Huawei now wants its name to be the only branding on the phone and it is focused on the smartphone market exclusively. The trouble isn't making a good phone; the Ascend Mate 2 already fits that description.
Huawei Ascend Mate 2 Review: Incredible Battery Life & Value
12 June 2014
Conclusion: I'll have to admit here that coming into the review, I wasn't expecting much - not from the Ascend Mate 2 and not from Huawei itself. After all, while Huawei was making some interesting smartphones as an OEM outside the US, it remained an ODM in the US that was best known for the MyTouch smartphones on T-Mobile. Of course, even the announcement of the Ascend Mate 2 at CES was generally ignored by most. In short, Huawei has a lack of brand and product recognition.