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It's tough for smaller manufacturers to make a splash in the US market, especially when their handsets aren't sold by one of the four major carriers. But Huawei is going to try anyway, allowing consumers to pick up the Ascend Mate 2 at a friendly off-contract price of $299. This means you get a 6-inch screen, 13MP camera and impressive battery life without being tied to a contract. While it has its upsides, the Ascend Mate 2 has faults that keep many critics from recommending it over worthy competitors.

The Ascend Mate 2's display makes it a real behemoth of a phone, and Phandroid says that it's "hard to imagine" using the Mate 2 with one hand, as it can be "burdensome" to use. However, Android Central says it's "so large you'll never try to use it one-handed, which cuts down on frustration." On the bright side, MobileBurn notes that "you can comfortably grip the phone in one hand thanks to the way the back has a subtle bend."

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Critic reviews

7.3
11 reviews
  • Reception and call quality
    8.0
  • Display
    7.3
  • Battery life
    9.8
  • Camera
    7.8
  • Ease of use
    8.0
  • Design and form factor
    7.5
  • Portability (size / weight)
    6.0
  • Media support
    8.0
  • Durability
    8.0
  • Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.)
    6.4

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User reviews

9.0
2 reviews
  • Reception and call quality
    10
  • Display
    10
  • Battery life
    10
  • Camera | 1 comment
    8.0
  • Ease of use | 1 comment
    8.0
  • Design and form factor
    10
  • Portability (size / weight)
    8.0
  • Media support
    9.0
  • Durability | 1 comment
    9.0
  • Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.)
    9.0
8.0
PC Mag Jun 12, 2014

For half the price of mainstream unlocked phones, the Huawei Ascend Mate2 4G delivers a polished, supersized-phablet experience with unrivaled battery life.

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8.0
AnandTech Jun 12, 2014

Of course, there’s the issue of the 6” display size and phablet formfactor, but if a large device is what you want Huawei delivers incredible value for the money.

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8.0
Laptop Magazine Jun 17, 2014

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.

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7.0
CNET Jun 12, 2014

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.

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7.0
SlashGear Jun 12, 2014

At $299 off-contract, it’s easy to overlook the relative lack of explosive or otherwise stand-out features on the Huawei Ascend Mate 2.

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8.0
Android Authority Jul 7, 2014

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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7.0
Android Central Jun 12, 2014

The phone is well made, has plenty of internal power for this price point ... but there's a little bit of competition for a phone like this, and that makes the Ascend Mate 2 a bit harder to recommend.

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7.0
GSM Arena Jul 11, 2014

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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5.0
Phandroid Jun 12, 2014

For us, the Ascend Mate 2 seems a bit hesitant, never pushing the boundaries of what it could really be, instead settling for a device built on compromises of cost versus performance.

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8.0
MobileBurn Jul 16, 2014

The Ascend Mate 2 4G has what's necessary to have a reasonably sound experience if you're not looking for the bleeding edge, and it's better than most phones in its price range. If you want to go big but not spend big, the Ascend Mate 2 4G is a sensible purchase.

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7.0
PocketNow Jun 12, 2014

For road warriors, forgetful Freddies, and those who spend every waking moment glued to a mobile device, the Ascend Mate2 4G LTE is the answer to a prayer. For Huawei, it may not be the blockbuster that’ll stop Americans from wondering “who are they?”

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First Looks

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Engadget Jan 6, 2014

The Mate 2 also features 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, microSD expansion of up to 32GB, plus a pair of cameras -- 5 megapixels f/2.4 on the front and 13 megapixels, f/2.0 on the back. This is all tucked inside a familiar 202g, 9.5mm-thick body.

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Laptop Magazine Jan 6, 2014

The Ascend Mate 2′s design brings the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 to mind, with white plastic panels held together by an aluminum-brushed center. This behemoth of a phablet felt surprisingly light in our hands, though we didn’t find it to be quite as sturdy as the Note 3.

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Pocket-Lint Jan 6, 2014

There's the 4050mHa battery that promises to deliver two days of battery - or as Huawei put it, watching six HD movies back to back - or. rather interestingly, the ability to charge yours or your mates' gadgets too. Stealing battery so to speak. It's a great idea and we really like it.

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Phandroid Jan 6, 2014

With heavy use, the battery is still said to clock over a full day and then some. All this in a form factor that manages to not feel all that large (considering its display size).

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TrustedReviews Jan 7, 2014

For such a big phone, the Huawei Ascend Mate 2 fits surprisingly well in one hand and with the battery staying power, the ability to use it as an external battery charger and some two decent quality cameras there’s a lot to like. What we are not particularly fans of is the design.

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TechRadar Jan 6, 2014

The Ascend Mate 2 4G is just as big as it's predecessor with a jacket pocket stretching 6.1-inch screen. While the screen remains just as oversized, Huawei trimmed the fat along the edges making it easier for our thumbs to reach across the display.

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9.0
PraveenMP PraveenMP

I think it’s better to give one line about my previous mobiles, to understand how I rate Huawei Ascend Mate 2 (HAM2) compared to other mobiles. Note: I bought it via GetHuawei site in the initial days. So I received the free flip case and reverse charging cable  Nokia 1100 - :-) Initial Phone...

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