Huawei launches the Ascend Mate 2 LTE in the US for $299, alongside its own online store
posted by Florin T. / Jun 12, 2014, 9:46 AM
Huawei today launched its very own US-centric online shop - GetHuawei.com - which, for the beginning, is selling just one smartphone, plus several accessories. The smartphone is the huge 6.1-inch Ascend Mate 2 LTE - we knew since April that this would reach US soil at some point.
While the Ascend Mate 2 isn’t a high-end handset, Huawei is trying to attract consumers with its price: $299.99, unlocked (that’s significantly lower that the handset’s initial price for the Chinese market). But it’s not just the price that may lure customers. Those who pre-order the new Ascend Mate before June 22 will get a protective case, and “a SIM card with a free month of service.” While this isn’t specified, it seems that you can choose what US carrier will provide cellular and data service for that month. Another bonus offered for a limited time gets you 20GB of free lifetime storage space on Bitcasa.
The 6.1-inch screen of the Ascend Mate 2 LTE is an IPS one with 720 x 1,280 pixels - not the highest resolution out there, but, as we said, this isn’t a high-end device. Other features include Android 4.3 with Emotion UI, 5MP front-facing camera with “panorama selfie” mode, 13MP rear camera, quad-core 1.6GHz Snapdragon 400 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal memory, and microSD card support. The US variant of the Mate 2 comes with a 3,900 mAh battery that can charge other devices (with an AF16 cable accessory). More details about the Ascend Mate 2 LTE are available at the first source link below - where you can also order the device.
All in all, Huawei says that the Mate 2 LTE is “the no-compromise, go-everywhere, do-everything, money-saving, fun-having, memory-making smartphone you’ve been waiting for.” Is it? You tell us in the comments!
sources: GetHuawei, PRNewsWire
- Display 6.1" 720 x 1280 pixels
- Camera 13 MP / 5 MP front
- Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, Quad-core, 1600 MHz
- Storage 16 GB + microSDHC
- Battery 3900 mAh(25h 3G talk time)
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Great news. Now to the important matters, how do you pronounce "Huawei"?
posted on Jun 12, 2014, 9:53 AM 1
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The UI is ugly, the resolution is too small for a display that size, and there needs to be AT LEAST a Snapdragon 600.
posted on Jun 12, 2014, 9:55 AM 3
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For $299, there is nothing much you can complain about.
posted on Jun 12, 2014, 10:22 AM 5
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It has low-end specs. The Snapdragon 400 was being used on midrangers from last year. Plus, if they're going to make the resolution 720p, then they should give it 5 inch or below screen so that the display is crisp. Also, the UI is full of skeumorphism and it looks like it belongs in 2008.
posted on Jun 12, 2014, 1:43 PM 0
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I think the UI is really clean and modern. Well worth the $299 price tag.
posted on Jun 12, 2014, 10:47 AM 2
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Apparently the battery performance is amazing. But the low PPI, value-tier performance, and near-uselessness of the camera in low light are what one gives up for the price. The Moto G of phablets? Too generous of a comparison? Anandtech just reviewed it... it's on their front page.
posted on Jun 12, 2014, 10:36 AM 1
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I was underwhelmed with the display resolution, but I believe they have a product that people will actually buy. Most people that have a prepaid service do not have many decent options, and still have to pay more than this for a year or older flagship (i.e. GS3 was $399 on virgin for quite a while) and this is a phablet which there are not many unless someone wants to pay full outright price of $700+ for most samsung/HTC/etc... I will say that if it was at 1080p resolution I think they could have raised the price to $350 and, I would probably buy it for a 2nd phone for me and swap my sim into it when I want more of a tablet but still receive calls & texts. Overall, the performance of the 400 processor is not bad and will get you through most applications with ease, although I would probably install 4.4.2 because they have better optimizations for lower spec devices. The 3900mAh battery intrigues me because with the slower processor and lower screen res (although large in size) it should last a weekend like they say, and I would bet it has a very long screen-on time too. We just have to wait for phone arena to put it through their battery test. All in all, I wouldn't say I have ever considered a huawei before, but this help them increase their sales in the US.
posted on Jun 12, 2014, 11:05 AM 1
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Oneplus One should do the job as well + it has better specs
posted on Jun 12, 2014, 11:51 AM 1
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These are two different things. The Ascend Mate 2 is a product from a real company, with real specs, with real support. The price is fair and reasonable and there is some profit in the price so the company can afford bug fixes and support. OnePlus One is just a fake phone from a scam company that couldn't even come up with a name for their phone, so they scammed one from HTC. I think a lot of people want a company where there is no marketing gimmick, no hunger games, no invites, no find the easter egg on the Internet, no endless hype, etc. Who wants to have a long game show for every little spec like OnePlus did? What LTE bands... ohh the mystery... we will unveil at unknown time in little bits and pieces... because OnePlus is the king of scam. Maybe one day they will make and sell phones for real, but when is that day? It doesn't look like it is going to be soon. Until that day comes and there is some track record for OnePlus fixing bugs and supporting their phones, I am certainly not going to buy one.
posted on Jun 12, 2014, 8:06 PM 1
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