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Huawei unveils Ascend Mate 2 with 4050 mAh battery that 'can charge other phones", on tap for AT&T

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Huawei unveils Ascend Mate 2 with 4050 mAh battery that 'can charge other phones", on tap for AT&T
Huawei unleashed a sequel to the phone with the largest battery, Ascend Mate, dubbed simply Ascend Mate 2. The 6.1" phablet carries a 720x1280 pixels display and 4050 mAh battery, like its predecessor, but is improved in much everything else.

It is thinner, at 9.5 mm, with LTPS display technology, and a faster processor, which can be either Huawei's own Hi-Silicon brand, or a Snapdragon, depending on whether you'd want LTE connectivity. The Mate 2 has 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of storage, and a microSD slot. On the rear we get a new 13 MP shooter, and a 5 MP one will carry your video chat sessions at the front. 

All in all, an improvement over its predecessor, which had one of the best voice quality tests we've encountered, thanks to the special mics, so we'd assume the Mate 2 will shine here as well. Huawei's CEO said that it can actually charge other phones with the huge battery, and can provide two full days of battery life with normal usage, and 12 hours of continuous video playback, or, as Huawei puts it, "lasts longer than a Vegas wedding". A 4G LTE version of the phablet was mentioned to arrive stateside, with compatibility cited for AT&T and T-Mobile.

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posted on 06 Jan 2014, 14:57 5

2. affandi (Posts: 85; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)


Thank you Huawei, for not making me a Huawei user this year either.. 720p display 2014... still laughing.

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 15:06 5

5. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1260; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


720/1080 is really personal preference. I have Nexus 4 with 720p display and I have nothing bad to say about it. I have seen 1080p video footage on Oppo Find 5, HTC One, and Samsung S4 and didn't make me want to switch just for that one factor. However, the Mate 2 with 4040mAh battery, that is more useful than a pretty screen. Always remember, a phone without battery is just a very expensive paper weight :P

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 15:15 2

9. affandi (Posts: 85; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)


The 720/1080p difference is not so big with pictures or video, but it is noticable when you read text and stuff like that. Maybe 720p is fine on a small screen like the Nexus 4, but on a giant 6.1 inch screen it looks bad.

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 15:53 3

12. hurrycanger (Posts: 1058; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)


I have a mega 6.3". It's not bad at all. It's not as good as 1080p for sure, but it's not bad. Also, a lot of people have said the Lumia 1320 with 720p 6" screen looks really good in person as well.

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 10:15

19. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2157; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


I suppose 720p looks bad on a 32" screen also when watching HD programming. People are so spoiled nowadays. It may not look as good as 1080p, but to say it looks bad is just silly.

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 15:53

13. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)


Nexus 4 is a 4.7" screen where as this is 6.1" so text for example won't be that sharp.

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 15:12 5

7. Adrian38 (Posts: 120; Member since: 05 Nov 2012)


There's is nothing wrong with a 720p display. Why does a phone HAVE to utilize a 1080p screen? 1080p just means worse battery life with not much of a difference in quality. It's a phone, not a TV.

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 17:03

15. kevkyle (Posts: 63; Member since: 21 Oct 2012)


I have the huawei ascend mate and I was skeptical of the 720p resolution before i bought it. But after testing it at the store i was impressed by the detail and color saturation. i hardly noticed pixels while zooming in text (unless i zoom them one letter at a time, lol). and btw - EPIC BATTERY LIFE', )

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 19:37

17. fireblade (Posts: 693; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)


It's about price, dude. This phone is gonna be priced less than $350. Still better than Galaxy Mega 6.3.
244 PPI isn't bad. It's close to 267 PPI of Galaxy Note II.

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 14:58 1

3. electrophage (Posts: 35; Member since: 17 Jun 2011)


Wow. I was waiting for the Note 4 this fall to replace my Galaxy Mega 6.3, but if AT&T is gonna carry this, I may have to consider it.

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 15:00 2

4. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1260; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


4050mAh!! woot!!

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 15:09 1

6. ianbbaa (Posts: 196; Member since: 20 Mar 2013)


LENOVO P780 already has this charging feature and huge battery as well some tíme on market already...similar specs

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 19:32

16. fireblade (Posts: 693; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)


Yep, Lenovo P780 FTW!!!

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 15:13 1

8. bkzebraphone (Posts: 37; Member since: 12 Dec 2012)


Finally! Huawei and other companies showing off phones that'll be released in the US. I've been excited about some phones they show off but then disappointed when I found out it wouldn't be coming state side. 720p plus that huge battery equals week long usage! Lol jkjk. Wow! So many options to choose from now. Idk when I should get a new phone. Lol.

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 15:44

10. blinkdagger (Posts: 81; Member since: 04 May 2012)


Very interesting. I can't wait to see phonearena's benchmark battery test on this device. If they has google play edition, i'm totally going to buy.

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 15:50

11. sianto (Posts: 65; Member since: 11 Dec 2013)


NOT going to happen, install CM on it and be happy!

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 16:32 2

14. victory_zhou (Posts: 38; Member since: 03 Oct 2013)


No matter is 720p or 1080p it's all hd lol

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