The Huawei Ascend Mate 2 4G LTE Packs A Solid Punch For Less Cash


When you are in the market for a contract free phone, manufacturers like Blu, Motorola and Nokia have been coming up huge lately.  A name that has snuck by the competition is Huawei. Their relatively new Ascend Mate 2 4G LTE device is a stunning accomplishment in the sub $300 smartphone market. Priced as an unlocked, contract free handset option, paring the Ascend Mate 2 4G LTE with a plan from can be a match made in heaven. Put it this way, the cost of the device and 24 months of unlimited service on Red Pocket Mobile from would be $1259.75. This compares to the same deal with a Galaxy Note 3 from T-Mobile that will set you back over $2300!


The Ascend Mate 2 4G LTE is a beast of a phone. Its chassis protects a monstrously huge 6.1” display, a 13MP rear camera, a 5MP front camera and LTE radios for both AT&T and T-Mobile. The light plastic backing is comfortable and light, but doesn’t feel cheap. The device also features a few unique software settings that we will get into a bit more later. First, let’s shoot through the amazing hardware that makes up the Ascend Mate 2 4G LTE.


The display on the Ascend Mate 2 4G LTE is brilliant and clear. The HD display has a 720×1280 pixel setup that equals out to about 241ppi. Not the sharpest on the planet, but for browsing the web, watching movies and doing some heavy document editing, it works absolutely beautifully. The surface of the display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass III. It is not the clearest display I’ve ever laid my eyes on, but as far as screens go, it’s a superb display.


The Ascend Mate 2 4G LTE runs Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) out of the box. It features a solid Quad-Core Snapdragon 400 processor running at 1.6GHz. The Adreno 305 GPU had no problem rendering 3D games or just about anything else that was thrown at it. The device runs those games and Apps through 2GB of RAM and the 16GB of included internal storage (about 12MB usable). There is an SD card slot for expansion up to 32GB – confirmed.


The dual camera setup on the Ascend Mate 2 4G LTE is one of beauty. The 5MP front camera features a “groufie” mode that allows you to take a ‘panoramic’ front camera shot to get you and all your friends in one image. It works very well and gets pretty large groups into the image area. The rear 13MP shooter was accurate and did a great job with daylight stills. Action shots represented more of a challenge as most of them featured a pretty heavy blur. I don’t think I would take the Ascend Mate 2 4G LTE to capture my kid’s football games, but it sure does a great job on sunsets and dinner plates.

The Ascend Mate 2 4G LTE has one of the best battery life’s of any smartphone I have ever had the pleasure of testing. The 3900mAh battery powers through a full day of use, then allows me to charge the wife’s Nokia Lumia 920, and still have enough to get through most of the next day. In short, there is nothing else like it on the planet. If you are a heavy user, the battery life alone on this beast should be enough to make you swoon.


From here we start to delve into the world of Huawei’s special software. The Ascend Mate 2 4G LTE features two operational modes, normal and Simple Mode. Simple Mode does exactly what it says. It takes the complex Android layout and turns it in to giant buttons, similar to Windows Phone Tiles. It makes finding what you need quick and easy. This is an ideal solution to the smartphone users that just isn’t sure they need a smartphone yet.

A few other software features are the aforementioned “groufie” mode for the front camera, gloves mode – which takes the sensitivity of the screen up a notch so you can use with gloves on, WOW – Windows on Windows mode that allows you to take notes or perform some other tasks while watching a video or browsing the internet, and singled handed mode for using the gigantic display with just one hand.


Overall, Huawei hit one out of the park with the Ascend Mate 2 4G LTE. The device performs like a phone costing $850 and doesn’t come with any strings attached to it’s $299 price tag. Again, LTE radios for both AT&T and T-Mobile are on board in the Ascend Mate 2 4G LTE so carrier choice is not a problem for this device. Any GSM carrier or an MVNO of them will work beautifully with the Ascend Mate 2 4G LTE. In fact, we highly recommend visiting and seeing what plan is right for you, right after you order your own Ascend Mate 2 4G LTE.

More information: Ascend Mate 2 4G LTE

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