- Lanh Nguyen , Android Authority
You’ll be hard pressed to find another phone like the Ascend Mate 2 with it’s large display and gigantic battery for such a low price.
- Jessica Dolcourt , Cnet
You'd be hard-pressed to find a phone for the size and price of the Huawei Ascend Mate 2 4G that performs as well as it does.
- Incredible battery life
- Very bright screen
- Good performance
- 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."
Reviews (7.2/10 Avg. rating)
A value-oriented smartphone
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... Full review
Perfects the phablet on a budget
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’... Full review
A decent phablet option, but it could be just too big for many users
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... Full review
A big phone that’s an even bigger value
Greater than the sum of its parts
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 dev... Full review
An out-of-the-way bargain that's perfect for no-contract situations and is big on performance to boot
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 a... Full review
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.
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 s... Full review
No-contract, low price phone that lasts forever
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... Full review
The best battery life on any smartphone out right now
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... Full review
A big phone with a small price
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