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Huawei Ascend Mate 2 4G hands-on preview: video and image gallery

At CES 2014 Huawei showed off its new Ascend Mate 2 4G. Join us as we go hands-on to give you a preview of what to expect from the next-gen Mate!
January 10, 2014

Earlier this week Huawei officially announced its next-gen Ascend Mate sucessor, introducing beefier specs and full support for 4G LTE. Although Huawei might not be that well-known in the United States, we certainly were impressed by the original Mate last year at CES 2013 and we were eager to see how the latest model stands up.

In our hands-on preview of the Ascend Mate 2 4G, our Josh Vergara took a look at the handset coming away reasonably impressed by the handset’s massive 6.1-inch display.

Huawei Ascend Mate 2 4G LTE specifications

  • CPU: 1.6 GHz quad-core CPU Qualcomm Snapdragon 400
  • RAM: 2GB of RAM
  • Display: 6.1-inch IPS Screen, 1280 x 720
  • Internal storage: 16GB, expandable with up to 64GB
  • Cameras: 13 MP rear, 5MP front
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, microUSB,GPS/Glonass
  • Sensors: acceleration sensor, light sensor, gyroscope, proximity
  • Networks: GSM, LTE
  • Battery: 4050mAh
  • Dimensions: 161 x 84.7 x 9.5mm, 202 grams
  • OS: Android Jelly Bean with Emotion UI 2.0

While the Ascend Mate 2 might not have specs that are nearly as impressive as devices like the Note 3, the Snapdragon 400 should provide a reasonably decent Android experience and hopefully means that the Mate 2 will end up at a much more budget-friendly price when it arrives to the United States later this year.

Probably the most impressive hardware spec (besides the display) is the battery. At 4050 mAh and with the Snapdragon 400 onboard, we imagine that even with a big display the Mate 2 should easily make it through a whole day’s average use — and then some.

Aside from the hardware, the Mate 2 also packs some unique software features thanks to its custom Emotion UI. First, there’s the “one-handed operation” mode that makes the keyboard easier to use with just one hand. Another cool special feature is the floating window mode, which includes several floating apps such as a calculator, messaging and more.

Bottom-line, if you want a handset with a near-tablet-sized display and don’t necessarily need cutting edge specs, the Ascend Mate 2 4G might be worth keeping an eye out for. We’ll do our best to get a review unit of the Mate 2 4G as soon as we can, so we can dive in and do a full review.

What do you think of the Ascend Mate 2 4G, impressed or are you turned off by the Snapdragon 400 and 720p display found inside the Mate 2?