Huawei Ascend Mate 2 4G

7.2/10 AVG.
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7.2/10
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The Huawei Ascend Mate 2 4G currently has an Informr score of 7.2 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 18 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

What's good

  • Incredible battery life
  • Very bright screen
  • Good performance

What's bad

  • Some lag when using processor intensive apps
  • Heavy and not easy to use one-handed
  • Comparatively low screen resolution

The second generation Ascend Mate from Huawei maintains the same large screen as the original while improving upon the internal hardware. Despite having a pocket-stretching 6.1-inch display, Huawei manages to keep the body of the phone a relatively slim 6.3 x 3.3 x 0.4 inches though it's slightly hefty at 202 grams. Techradar describes it as feeling like a, "light, yet thick slate of glass." Due to its large size, critics found it difficult to wrangle one-handed though the curved and textured back give it a decent grip to prevent accidental drops.

The display itself, while large, offers a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels for a low 241ppi pixel density. In normal situations reviewers didn't notice any significant detail loss but did find pixilation on text heavy sites. Despite some clarity issues, they go on to mention that the colors are vibrant, albeit slightly saturated, and the screen brightness is perfect for outdoor use.

Keeping in line with their mid-tier price, the Huawei Ascend Mate 2 offers a decent 1.6GHz quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM. Benchmark tests place it firmly in the middle of the smartphone pack and real life testing backs up the data. Experts didn't notice any significant lag during everyday usage though they did experience some hiccups when playing processor heavy games. What really blew away critics was battery life. The Ascend Mate 2 comes equipped with a 3,900mAh battery that, when put through rigorous battery draining tests, lasted a whopping 25 hours. Real life testing put the battery life at around 4 days with moderate usage. In addition, the battery can also be used to charge other devices with a micro-USB-to-micro-USB cable or micro-USB-to-Lightning cable.

While there are a few issues with the phone, most reviewers have no problem recommending it for the price point. Slashgear says for the price, "…it's easy to overlook the relative lack of explosive or otherwise stand-out features on the Huawei Ascend Mate 2." CNET adds, "The Huawei Ascend Mate 2 has a few nits to pick, but it remains the best-value Android phone of its size."


Operating system
Android
Processor
1.6 GHz
Screen Size
6.1"
Camera
13+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


GadgeTell

I find the Huawei Ascend Mate2 to be quite the impressive smartphone. I think that the company was smart to cherry-pick certain hardware while leaving the rest untouched. The result is an affordable smartphone with great camera optics and a large 6.1” screen. For only $300 off-contract, the As...

- Stanley Goodner, GadgeTell
Mobile Syrup

The Ascend Mate 2 is a great mid-range solution. Priced at $399 outright on WIND, this device is a great example of more than adequate performance balanced with a great price. Huawei has made sacrifices where they won’t be missed (like the lower resolution display) and really pushed forward in...

- Jane McEntegart, Mobile Syrup
Brighthand

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...

- Brighthand Staff, Brighthand
GigaOM

Only have $300 to spend on an off-contract phone? If you don’t mind a large handset, Huawei’s Ascend Mate2 is worth the look. It has some advanced features, a solid camera and a massive battery along with LTE support.

- Kevin C. Tofel, GigaOM
Android and Me

The Huawei Ascend Mate2 4G LTE is a very solid device, especially for the $300 price tag. With a nice display lacking in resolution, good performance, a decent camera, and some incredibly battery life, this device will definitely suit a lot of people. Hell, it suited me for the time I used it aside...

- Dima Aryeh, Android and Me


Prices (Where to Buy)




Common Questions


Huawei released the Ascend Mate 2 4G on March 31, 2014.


Huawei Ascend Mate 2 4G prices will vary depending on retailer, age, special offers and whether or not it's purchased with a service plan. If purchased with a 2 year service contract for example, you would likely pay much less for the phone itself up front. Huawei's suggested retail price is $299.99. You can compare Ascend Mate 2 4G prices from around the web here on The Informr.



Huawei backs up the Ascend Mate 2 4G with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


If your Ascend Mate 2 4G has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Huawei support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Huawei's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.




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Screen Size
6.1"

The Huawei Ascend Mate 2 4G's screen size is 6.1 inches with 720 x 1280 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.6 GHz

There is a ARM Cortex-A7 Quad core 1.6 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean (Update Available: 5.1 Lollipop) operating system (OS).

Camera
13+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 13+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 5+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
16 GB

Internal memory is 16 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 64 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
4050mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 4050 mAh battery. Huawei's performance ratings are 25.9 days standby time, 1999 minutes, 1001 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

Ascend Mate 2 4G Specs

Overview
Release date March 31, 2014
Regions available USA, Canada
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1900/2100 MHz
LTE:
1900/700/2100/800 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 4.3 Jelly Bean (Update Available: 5.1 Lollipop)

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Processor ARM Cortex-A7 Quad core 1.6 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 16 GB
RAM 2 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 0.3 W/kg
Body: 0.799 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included Data Cable, Manual, USB Power Adapter
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 4050 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Up to: 1081 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 1001 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 1999 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 25.9 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Crystal Black, Pure White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 16.1 x 8.5 x 0.9 cm (6.3 x 3.3 x 0.4 in)
Weight 202 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 720 x 1280 pixels
Pixel density 241 pixels
Size 6.1 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen, Glove Touch
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, Google Talk
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 64 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support Yes
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
13+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Multi-shot, Panorama, Smile detection, HDR, Sound & Shot
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Resolution
5+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, MP4, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, AMR-WB, AMR, WMA, WAV, OGG, AMR-NB
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable ()
Included Software / Apps -
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GadgeTell

A value-oriented smartphone

from GadgeTell

I find the Huawei Ascend Mate2 to be quite the impressive smartphone. I think that the company was smart to cherry-pick certain hardware while leaving the rest untouched. The result is an affordable smartphone with great camera optics and a large 6.1” screen. For only $300 off-contract, the Ascend Mate2 is one of the best bang-for-the-buck ‘phablets’ available right now. Your tech/gadget budget won’t break from buying...

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I find the Huawei Ascend Mate2 to be quite the impressive smartphone. I think that the company was smart to cherry-pick certain hardware while leaving the rest untouched. The result is an affordable smartphone with great camera optics and a large 6.1” screen. For only $300 off-contract, the Ascend Mate2 is one of the best bang-for-the-buck ‘phablets’ available right now. Your tech/gadget budget won’t break from buying.

While this isn’t a flagship phone, there are enough features to keep it modern and mid-tier. Some of the hardware may be modest, but the overall performance caters to the average, non-power user. Or maybe an average, some-power user, since it can handle its own. Regardless of classification, the Ascend Mate2 is an excellent choice for someone who enjoys taking photos, using social media, reading, or watching video on a large screen.

Best of all, the Huawei Ascend Mate2 smartphone has a battery life that beats practically anything else out there. So it doesn’t matter if you use your device lots or little. It takes some actual work to run the battery down. Not only that, this smartphone contains almost no bloatware. For real. The few apps that could be considered bloatware are actually useful. And when you consider how the Emotion UI is clean, easy, and doesn’t try to overdo it with features, the Ascend Mate2 comes out as very accessible and streamlined.

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Mobile Syrup

Perfects the phablet on a budget

from Mobile Syrup

The Ascend Mate 2 is a great mid-range solution. Priced at $399 outright on WIND, this device is a great example of more than adequate performance balanced with a great price. Huawei has made sacrifices where they won’t be missed (like the lower resolution display) and really pushed forward...More

The Ascend Mate 2 is a great mid-range solution. Priced at $399 outright on WIND, this device is a great example of more than adequate performance balanced with a great price. Huawei has made sacrifices where they won’t be missed (like the lower resolution display) and really pushed forward in areas where you’ll notice a difference (the battery). For those eyeing up the Note 3 (or even the upcoming Note 4) but balking at the high price, the Ascend Mate 2 is a great alternative. You get the same big screen and absolutely unbeatable battery without the hefty price tag. That’s not to say $400 is cheap — there are certainly plenty of cheaper, budget phones out there — but it’s probably the best deal you’ll get on a 2014 phablet direct from a carrier.

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Brighthand

A decent phablet option, but it could be just too big for many users

from Brighthand

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...

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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. The device works well as a web surfer, camera, eBook reader, and general entertainment. When it comes to document creation, the typing experience isn’t the best, but editing on the large screen in Office for Android is sufficient for small tasks.

Pair the device with a Bluetooth keyboard and the right apps, and the phablet could be useful for some real work. It’s not laptop replacement but a companion for certain situations.

Mostly, anyone who wants a phablet at a reasonable price would likely enjoy and benefit most from the Ascend Mate2. 

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GigaOM

A big phone that’s an even bigger value

from GigaOM

Only have $300 to spend on an off-contract phone? If you don’t mind a large handset, Huawei’s Ascend Mate2 is worth the look. It has some advanced features, a solid camera and a massive battery along with LTE support.

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Only have $300 to spend on an off-contract phone? If you don’t mind a large handset, Huawei’s Ascend Mate2 is worth the look. It has some advanced features, a solid camera and a massive battery along with LTE support.

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Android and Me

Greater than the sum of its parts

from Android and Me

The Huawei Ascend Mate2 4G LTE is a very solid device, especially for the $300 price tag. With a nice display lacking in resolution, good performance, a decent camera, and some incredibly battery life, this device will definitely suit a lot of people. Hell, it suited me for the time I used it aside from the camera quality (something I’m pretty anal about)...

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The Huawei Ascend Mate2 4G LTE is a very solid device, especially for the $300 price tag. With a nice display lacking in resolution, good performance, a decent camera, and some incredibly battery life, this device will definitely suit a lot of people. Hell, it suited me for the time I used it aside from the camera quality (something I’m pretty anal about).

The device launches on the new Get Huawei site, Huawei’s newest distribution method for the US. It offers unlocked devices, premium and local customer support, and a community forum for discussion. Future Huawei devices should also launch on this site. Definitely check it out if you’re interested, as this is Huawei’s full blown venture into the US market.

You can get the device off contract and unlocked for any GSM carrier, LTE and all, for only $300 right now. It’s a pretty sweet deal on a pretty solid device, though hardcore tech enthusiasts probably shouldn’t get this as their only device. Still, we surprisingly enjoyed our time with the Ascend Mate2. The specs put us off at first, but the experience definitely exceeds expectations. 

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PhoneArena

The best battery life on any smartphone out right now

from PhoneArena

Concurrently marking this special occasion, where the Ascend Mate 2 is Huawei’s first smartphone to feature wide band 4G LTE support, the phone is being treated to royalty by being sold through Huawei’s US-centric online shop. Impressively, consumers won’t have to fork over a lo...More

Concurrently marking this special occasion, where the Ascend Mate 2 is Huawei’s first smartphone to feature wide band 4G LTE support, the phone is being treated to royalty by being sold through Huawei’s US-centric online shop. Impressively, consumers won’t have to fork over a load to pick up this giant, since it’s attached with a very affordable outright cost of $299.99 online – and we have to emphasize that’s the outright, no-contract cost. It might not be a conspicuous contender like some of the other brand names in the category, but rest assured, there are plenty of good things that make the Huawei Ascend Mate 2 an attractive offering for those on a budget and don’t want to commit to a contract.

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ZDNet

No-contract, low price phone that lasts forever

from ZDNet

I did not expect much from the Ascend Mate2 due to the low price with reasonably high-end specifications. The construction is quite impressive though and the battery life is stunning. I have come to like the Emotion UI that combines widgets from Android with application shortcuts on the home screen from iOS...

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I did not expect much from the Ascend Mate2 due to the low price with reasonably high-end specifications. The construction is quite impressive though and the battery life is stunning. I have come to like the Emotion UI that combines widgets from Android with application shortcuts on the home screen from iOS.

If you want a large screen device at a low price with support for US GSM carriers, then the Huawei Ascend Mate2 is definitely a device to consider. It excels in battery life while the rest of the experience is quite satisfying, and that's about everything you could ask for at the $300 price point. 

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Phone Scoop

An out-of-the-way bargain that's perfect for no-contract situations and is big on performance to boot

from Phone Scoop

Since none of the U.S. carriers are selling the Huawei Ascend Mate 2, it's up to consumers to seek it out on their own. The Mate 2 is a great value and offers a lot of bang for the buck. It may be a bit boring, but it nails almost every feature.

The screen is really nice, data performance is incredible with both AT&T and T-Mobile, and battery life is a real knock-out. The camera does well, the home screens are flexible (and offer a different take on Android compared to Samsung, LG, HTC, and others,) and the ability to switch to one-handed mode or use the Mate 2 with gloves are bonuses in the usability department....

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Since none of the U.S. carriers are selling the Huawei Ascend Mate 2, it's up to consumers to seek it out on their own. The Mate 2 is a great value and offers a lot of bang for the buck. It may be a bit boring, but it nails almost every feature.

The screen is really nice, data performance is incredible with both AT&T and T-Mobile, and battery life is a real knock-out. The camera does well, the home screens are flexible (and offer a different take on Android compared to Samsung, LG, HTC, and others,) and the ability to switch to one-handed mode or use the Mate 2 with gloves are bonuses in the usability department.

The one major flaw is the phone. The quality of calls is great, but the volume is simply not up to par. The good news is this can be partly ameliorated with a good Bluetooth headset.

If you're in the market for something different and want an inexpensive, unlocked, large-screen smartphone, the Mate 2 is certainly worth your consideration. 

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GSMArena

Build quality is exceptional, especially for the price

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...

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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. While far from spectacular in terms of hardware, the Ascend Mate2 4G is still attractive thanks to the combination of sizable battery and screen it offers. It also sits in a price bracket which is devoid of direct competitors.

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Android Authority

A big phone with a small price

from Android Authority

It’s a “phablet” device with a beautiful display, sturdy build quality, and exceptional battery life that isn’t going to break the bank. If that’s what you’re looking for, then the Ascend Mate 2 is going to be worth every single penny.

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It’s a “phablet” device with a beautiful display, sturdy build quality, and exceptional battery life that isn’t going to break the bank. If that’s what you’re looking for, then the Ascend Mate 2 is going to be worth every single penny.

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