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Huawei Ascend Mate 2, Best Friends

July 23, 2014

Huawei Ascend Mate 2

If big sized smartphones are your cup of tea, you’ve come to the right place and I’m pretty sure that you’ll be interested by the following giant which I’m about to present. I’m talking about the Huawei Ascend Mate 2, which is, as its name suggests, the successor of the original Ascend Mate, and brings some useful and impressive features over the version from last year. Also, it’s Huawei’s first handset that’s available for a direct purchase without depending on a wireless carrier. If you’re searching around for a budget friendly phablet, take a look at the following review.

The Ascend Mate 2 comes in a modest package and carries only the essentials, which consist in a charger and a microUSB cable that serves for re-charging the phone and data connections. Unfortunately, no headphones.

The design of the Ascend Mate 2 is nothing to write home about, as the phablet has a simple looking body that doesn’t really have anything special. If you usually go for minimalistic looking stuff, this fella will certainly please you. It measures 161 x 84.7 x 9.5 mm and weighs 202 gram, being quite compact for a device from its league and smaller than its previous version. Managing the phablet comes easy if you’re already used to big guys like this one over here. Its back cover features a matte finish which offers a good hand grip and keeps fingerprints away from sticking to it.

The Ascend Mate 2 holds a 6.1 inches IPS+ LCD capacitive touchscreen that offers a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, has a pixel density of 241 ppi and is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass. Although it certainly doesn’t seem impressive on paper, the screen offers a very good image quality, with large viewing angles, punchy colors and a good contrast. Also, you won’t be having any issues when using it under direct sun light.

When browsing through the phablet, you’ll be welcomed by Android v4.3 Jelly Bean which has been customized with the Emotion 2.0 user interface, which is the company’s proprietary software and looks pretty cool. Although the presence of the outdated Jelly Bean leaves me scratching my head, the phablet is far from being poor in features and will certainly offer a more than decent user experience.
The Ascend Mate 2 is powered by a Qualcomm MSM8928 Snapdragon 400 chipset, having a quad-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A7 processor, Adreno 305 GPU, 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage which can be expanded with a microSD card of up to 64 GB. The phone isn’t a stellar performer, but handles everything very well and won’t be bothering you with any lag, freezes or other issues like that.

At the connectivity department, the Ascend Mate 2 is well packed with support for quad-band GSM, GPRS, EDGE, penta-band 3G and LTE Cat 4, dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n with DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct and Hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0 with LE, EDR and A2DP, microUSB 2.0 with USB On the go support.

For surfing the web, the phablet offers you two choices: you can either use Google Chrome, which is already installed, or the standard Android browser. Both of them feature some very simple and intuitive interfaces and hide a lot of features and settings underneath their minimalistic appearance. The Ascend Mate 2 holds a large display, which means that browsing will be a great experience.

At the photography department, the Ascend Mate 2 holds a 13 MP autofocus snapper that captures stills with a resolution of 4128 x 3096 pixels and has a LED flash for assisting in low light conditions. The image quality is great (it’s worth mentioning that the camera uses a Sony sensor. The colors are punchy and accurate, the contrast is good and there’s also a high amount of resolved detail.
The phablet also shoots some very decent 1080p videos @30 fps. A 5 MP front-facing camera is also on board for making video calls or taking “selfies”.

The media players are excellent. The video player is able to play DivX, XviD or MKV files and the image quality is very good. The audio output is also great.
The Ascent Mate 2 also holds an FM Radio on board.

Some other useful stuff from the phablet’s backpack are a GPS receiver with support for GLONASS and A-GPS, Google Drive, which manages document files (viewing and editing), a phone manager for enhancing the performance and so on.

The Huawei Ascend Mate 2 holds a 4,050 mAh battery inside and will last over 4 days under a moderate usage, which is awesome. It’s also possible to charge other handsets with it through a dedicated cable.

Huawei Ascend Mate 2 white


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