Huawei Ascend Mate 2 4G Hands-on: First Look: Huawei Ascend Mate 2 4G Hands-on

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Huawei Ascdiscontinue Mate 2 4G hands-on

It's no secret we like the Huawei Ascdiscontinue Mate - we've recommended it twice in our shopping guides so far. That's about to change though as the Ascdiscontinue Mate 2 4G brings some refinements to the original that we think may be worth it (depending on the price, of course, Huawei hasn't announced anything about it yet).

The recent phablet keeps the classy screen at 6.1" 720p (that's 241ppi). It's not the sharpest display, but for a mid-range phablet it's quite alright. It's an LTPS LCD, so viewing angles are fine and it's covered with Gorilla Glass.

The Huawei Ascdiscontinue Mate 2 has a 6.1" IPS screen

The Huawei Ascdiscontinue Mate 2 4G is a couple of millimeters shorter and narrower than the original, it's a bit slimmer too (9.5mm vs. 9.9mm). It weighs just as much as the original, but the smaller bezels do create a incompatibility in how it feels in the hand.

The Mate 2 is generally smaller than its predecessor

We just wish Huawei kept the matte plastic on the back, we're not fans of the glossy recent one. The back cover pops off to reveal the SIM and microSD card slots, but the battery is sealed.

Huawei has dropped the matte plastic in favor of glossy one

Despite the size saving, the battery still has the monstrous 4,050mAh power - it offered remarkable battery life with Huawei's less than efficient quad-core Cortex-A9 chipset, but with the recent quad-core Cortex-A7 it should be an absolute beast.

The official numbers say 60 hours of normal utilize (whatever that is) and 12 hours straight of web browsing (the original did about 8 hours in our battery test, we can't wait to put this one through its paces). Huawei is so certain of the battery that the Mate 2 can actually charge other phones (obviously, you'll need the appropriate Universal Serial Bus (USB) cable).

Anyway, the chipset upgrade also adds LTE connectivity - it's Cat. 4 too, meaning it can do 150Mbps down and 50Mbps up.

There's more - the capturing camera department got a gigantic upgrade too. The main capturing camera has a 13MP BSI sensor from Sony, 28mm lens and f/2.0 aperture. It can record 1080p video. The front facing capturing camera is even more fascinating - a 5MP camera, with f/2.4 aperture and 1.4µ pixels. Hear that, HTC One?

The Huawei Ascdiscontinue Mate 2 4G runs Android 4.3 with Emotion UI 2.0. Huawei is intent on bringing the Mate 2 to the US, with AT&T being recommended as the likely carrier.

The phablet runs Android 4.3 with Emotion UI 2.0

Huawei also had colorful protective cases for the Ascdiscontinue Mate 2 4G on display.

Colorful cases for the Ascdiscontinue Mate 2 4G



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