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Huawei Ascend Mate2 Hands-on

Announced just yesterday for North America, the Ascend Mate2 from Huawei is an intriguing device. The first thing people notice is the phone’s size, coming in with a 6.1″ 720p display. Although, once you learn that it comes unlocked with 4G LTE connectivity, priced at just $299, it starts looking like a sweet little package. 

In addition to its over-sized display (the Galaxy Note 3 features a 5.7″ 1080p display), the Mate2 features a Qualcomm-made quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 13MP rear-facing camera, 5MP front-facing camera with Huawei’s trademarked “Groufie” feature, massive 4,050mAh battery, Bluetooth 4.0, and runs Android 4.3 out of the box.

When asked, a Huawei spokesperson stated that an update would be available to Android 4.4+ down the road. Not the most reassuring comment, but a comment nevertheless.

As for impressions, the Ascend Mate2 could certainly make someone happy. It is a large device, so if a customer didn’t want to spend as much as they would on a Galaxy Note 3, but still get that same phablet experience, the Mate2 is a great choice. At $299, it’s a real bargain, plus, Huawei is offering a few bonus accessories and perks if you pre-order the device through their website.

My only real beef with this phone is that it comes running a much older version of Android. Huawei is a very large manufacturer, and to me, I wished they prioritized things a bit differently when building the phone. Releasing a device with the newest software can’t be all that hard, so that’s my only negative take away as of this moment. The camera takes very clear photos, the performance is on par with what you would expect (not blazing fast, but speedy enough to get the job done), and the overall feel of the phone is solid.

If you have any questions, throw them in the comments section. Below, we have a device gallery, as well as a full hands-on video.


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  • filomenagriffin

    roomate’s mother makes $86 /hr on the laptop . She has been out of a job for
    6 months but last month her payment was $15505 just working on the laptop for
    a few hours. why not try this out

    •?((¯°·._.• •._.·°¯)


  • Maxim∑

    wtf its “wua-wei” I’ve been saying “hu-a-wei” for a long time lol

    • Mike Aurin

      You’ve been saying it wrong for a long time.

  • T_Dizzle

    When I thought I was switching to AT&T my phone choices were this phone, the One Plus One or the Oppo Find 7.

  • BAM1789

    Its a 3900 mAh BTW. They downsized it from CES which was the 4050 that you have posted.

  • You can get crazy quality for less than $300 now. Between this, the Nexus 5 ($249 for sprint nexus at microcenter today), the Moto X or G…

  • Jcastag

    One thing I always wondered. If a manufacturer has a choice to either skin a device with an older version of Android or install the latest version of stock Android, why would ANY manufacturer choose NOT to go with the latest stock Android??

    • Nikuliai

      Skin makes their devices customized, stock makes them generic.

      (that’s what manufactors think, I think most skins are garbage, but I’m the minority here)

  • Nicholas Ruiz

    How does such a big screen look with just 720p?

    • I have one and it looks good. Seeing a lot of Internet comments that think it’s somehow crap or sub-par because the resolution is 720p, but people who reviewed it said it was still good quality.

      • lgreg64

        Good to see you are still around

    • Nikuliai

      I use a 42” TV to work and play on my computer… the pixel fans would be crazy but it’s not actually that important unless you’re a crazy person

  • Tony Byatt

    “When asked, a Huawei spokesperson stated that an update would be available to Android 4.4+ down the road”


  • chris125

    Makes the note look tiny

  • Eduardo Ortiz

    These are the kind of phones that make people turn heads. You go Huawei!

  • Paul g

    If there are non-US readers, how’s Huawei with long term updates?

    • Nikuliai

      They have I think maybe one device with GB, all the rest are 4.1+, but I don’t think they have one device with KitKat yet, so they are trying, but they aren’t that good at trying (a Huawei was the phone I had before my Moto X and it was “the best” on his tier)

      • They just launched the P7 with Kitkat, and last year’s P6 was also upgraded to Kitkat.

        • Nikuliai

          Did not know about the P7 being out yet, my bad, when was the P6 updated tho? I thought it was planned on june but I haven’t heard of it

          • BernieBastinaly

            my classmate’s aunt makes $68 every hour on the computer . She has been
            fired for 7 months but last month her paycheck was $15495 just working on the
            computer for a few hours. visit the site R­e­x­1­0­.­C­O­M­

          • Mike Aurin

            Your classmate’s aunt is a whore.

    • Tom Koeppel

      i have the previous version of this phone the Ascend Mate, they are hit or miss on updates, the Ascend mate which came out last march(2013) is stuck on 4.2.2, it recently got an upgrade to Huawei’s Emotion UI 2.0, its an ok phone, but its antenna’s suck a load, i cannot get a signal with it in any brick building, or around fluorescent lighting

      also Huawei has a bad habit of NOT releasing kernels so building custom firmware for them is neigh impossible