Huawei Ascend Mate 2 4G gets one step closer to a US launch as it clears the FCC
Earlier this month, Huawei officially announced that it would bring its new (and huge) Ascend Mate 2 4G to the US. It didn’t say exactly when the handset would be available Stateside, but this might happen soon, as the Mate 2 today passed the FCC hurdle.
The Ascend Mate 2 that was approved by the FCC supports LTE bands 2, 4, 5 and 17 - which means it will be compatible with AT&T’s and T-Mobile’s 4G LTE networks (though it's unlikely that any of the two carriers will sell the handset).
While we know that the Ascend Mate 2 costs around $445 in China, Huawei didn’t say how much it’s going to ask for it in the US. In any case, around $450 (unlocked) is not a bad price for what the Ascend Mate 2 has to offer.
One of the highlights of the Mate 2 is its huge 4,050 mAh battery. This is good for up to 25 hours of talk-time, and has a Reverse Charging ability that enables you to charge other devices from it with the help of an extra adapter. Other features include LTE Cat 4, a 6.1-inch 720p IPS display, 13MP rear camera, 5MP front-facing camera (with a “panorama selfie” mode), quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor clocked at 1.6GHz, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of expandable internal memory.
At the moment, the Huawei Ascend Mate 2 runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, but it will (almost certainly) be updated to KitKat later this year. You can take a closer look at the new smartphone in the gallery below, or check out our hands-on here.