Huawei Ascend Mate 2 4G

A more refined take on the Mate that's expected to have better global sales reach

Android Central @ CES

Huawei has just taken the wraps off of its latest leading device, the Ascend Mate 2 4G. Building off the relative success of the original Ascend Mate in its home market of China, the Ascend Mate 2 4G kicks things up to the next level. First and foremost, Huawei is really focusing on the fact that this device includes LTE connectivity. While most of its devices have been released with just HSPA+, the Ascend Mate 2 4G includes LTE access for every version of the device released worldwide — including AT&T and T-Mobile in the U.S.

The internal specs seem to be a bit of a mixed bag, but that's nothing new for Huawei. We're looking at just 720 x 1280 resolution on that 6.1-inch display (looks just fine to our eyes, though), powered by a 1.6GHz Snapdragon 400 processor and 2GB of RAM. Huawei continues its pretty standard camera arrangements with a 13MP Sony BSI sensor on back and a wide-angle 5MP shooter up front. The battery life is purportedly fantastic, with a 4050mAh lithium-polymer battery and special battery-saving software and networking features.

Hit the break for pictures, video and more thoughts on this new device.

When holding this new device, it's hard to shake the feeling that Huawei has made nearly the same material choices on the Ascend Mate 2 4G as it did on the original. You're looking at glossy white plastic with a little bit of sparkle in it, sandwiching faux metal accents around the sides. This phone is also just downright big. Huawei will tell you the bezels are small and the screen takes up a full 79 percent of the front surface area, but that screen is still 6.1-inches across.

If you are able to put up with the physical size of the device, you'll likely be impressed by the software situation on offer here. Once you get past the fact that you're going to be getting Huawei's Emotion UI customizations, things work just about as they do on any other Android phone. Not taking into account the lack of an app drawer on the homescreen (launchers are replaceable), Huawei has basically just added some of its own color palette choices and some new settings and sent this thing on its way.

The real question as to whether or not the Ascend Mate 2 4G has a real chance out there will be pricing and availability. Huawei has generally lacked worldwide distribution with its flagships, especially in any kind of a timely fashion. Based on what Huawei claims with its new global strategy and LTE support we may be looking at a wider launch, but we just can't know right now.

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Huawei Ascend Mate 2 4G hands-on

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Samsung has taught them and everyone else well. Knock off Note 2 and Note 3 devices explode on the scene.

Plain and simple nothing beats Samsung or the Galaxy Note products period.

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Yes, because any device with a >5 inch screen is automatically a "knock off" (it's one word idiot) of the Note 2 or 3 (and wouldn't that be a knockoff of the original 5 inch screened device, the Dell Streak 5, which was available almost a whole year before the OG Note?). What a joke.

I was not expecting to read comment like this. I though Samsung was making knock off apple iPad tablets but that's what the press says.

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Just because this has a big screen doesn't mean that they ripped off the note products. This isn't necessarily comparable to a note product. it has a big screen and a big battery, but its not in the same class as the note. This doesn't include active stylus support or any of the multitasking features. This is just a big phone with a big screen and a massive battery. No Samsung mockery here. If you want a note 3 ripoff, go buy a goophone n3

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How long normally after intros at CES (or other trade shows) does it take for pricing and availability to be announced?

I have to disagree. For me knock offs represent what the original maker wanted to do but couldn't because of time constraints. Samsung now have to put out something at certain times and that can cause for discontent with some consumers....like me the the Galaxy S3 fiasco of 2012.

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I think they have the potential to really cause major havoc to Samsung. No doubt much lower overhead, so they really could drive all prices down.

Looks pretty good too.

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Looks pretty decent. The screen is a bit big, but the battery is massive. With LTE support, it's a decent phone so long as they don't overcharge for these medium specs.

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The battery is not massive. The phone is and that allows for more juice. Doesn't mean that it will not be a hog

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The resolution is also low by 2014 standards for a screen of that size. Most of the battery drain would also come from driving all of those pixels. The screen is big, but it's just the same number of pixels on smaller screens spread out more. I don't see it draining as fast

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What's wrong with a 720p screen on a 6 inch phone? our tv screens are 1080 and 720p anywhere from 32 inches to 60 or whatever and quality is clear as day. I dont understand android users sometimes stop being a spec driven consumer. When I saw the note 2 I was blown away on how clear it was a it has a low ppi but it was clear and more than enough and the battery life is awesome on that phone. 720p to 1080p is fine but I would take a720p phone with awesome battery life that last me a whole day or 2 with heavy use than 1080p or 2k screen that wouldn't last a day lol. I think pass 400ppi is overkill on a phone.

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