For half the price of mainstream unlocked phones, the Huawei Ascend Mate2 4G delivers a polished, supersized-phablet experience with unrivaled battery life.Read the full review →
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."
… show more When a phone has a screen this big, you expect a high resolution display for watching videos and browsing the web. Unfortunately the Mate 2's display sits at 720p, falling behind a lot of its competition. At least Anandtech finds "it's surprisingly acceptable" and Laptop Magazine says the display "offered clear, vibrant images and videos." Text didn't fare as well, with as PC Mag finding that "once you load up a text-heavy site ... you'll start to notice cramped and pixelated smaller text."
The lower resolution display does have one big benefit, and that's in the battery life department. Slashgear says the Mate 2 pulls "out more than a day" of juice, and CNET says Huawei's claims of 25 hour battery life seem "on the money."
Besides its low-light camera performance, the Mate 2's biggest issue is its nicer and more readily-available competition. It's easy enough to pick up a Moto X from one of the big US carriers, especially at its new lower price. And while not that easy to find right now, the OnePlus One offers a better phone at the same price. The Mate 2 is a good first attempt from a company trying to market itself better in the US, and it serves its niche market well -- if you're the type who hates contracts and likes walking around with a monolith for a phone.
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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.Read the full review →
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.Read the full review →
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.Read the full review →
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.Read the full review →
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.Read the full review →
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.Read the full review →
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.Read the full review →
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.Read the full review →
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.Read the full review →
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?”Read the full review →
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.Read the full preview →
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.Read the full preview →
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.Read the full preview →
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).Read the full preview →
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.Read the full preview →
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.Read the full preview →
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...Read the full review →
Purchased from Consumer Cellular - Same network at AT&T at 1/2 the price and no contractRead the full review →