Shutterbugs will be especially happy to know it’s a versatile snapper for photos, but it’s lacking with its video recording.

For those familiar with last year’s Huawei Ascend Mate, the camera app interface on this year’s model is almost identical – both in layout and features set. At the core of it all, the interface is simple and mostly menu driven, as that is how various manual controls and shooting modes are accessed. Again, it’s nothing fancy, but at least it encompasses a decent amount of things.

Upping the ante, Huawei has increased the camera to a beefy 13-megapixel one, which clearly adds more detail. Overall, images are very good, but they still have their drawbacks, like some images coming a little underexposed. Another minor problem is that photos are verly soft around the edges – but they are sharp towards the center. But as a whole, the Ascend Mate 2 has a great camera for its class that is usable even in low light.

Taking a pic Lower is better Taking an HDR pic (sec) Lower is better CamSpeed score Higher is better CamSpeed score with flash Higher is better
Huawei Ascend Mate 2 4G 3.1
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 2.7
No data
LG G Pro 2 4
No data
Sony Xperia Z Ultra 2.7
No data

Video recording, strangely enough, is accompanied with several unwanted results that diminishes its overall quality. Out of everything, it’s the softer toned visuals and muffled audio recording that commands our attention, so the results aren’t as pleasant in comparison to its still image quality.


Thanks to its large screen, it’s the ideal thing for watching videos.

In addition to the Google Play Music app, the phone is packaged along with Huawei’s updated music player. This time around, we can tag songs into 4 mood categories (happy, sad, serene, and energetic), which is accessed from the main screen. A neat addition for those don’t mind categorizing songs individually, the player also has the ability to display lyrics too. With its rear-facing speaker, we can’t complain about the crisp and clean tones it’s able to muster up.

Bigger screens are preferred when it comes to watching video, so there’s no surprise that the Huawei Ascend Mate 2 falls into the same boat. Videos come to life and play flawlessly, despite the fact that it’s only sporting a 720p resolution screen.

Headphones output power (Volts) Higher is better
Huawei Ascend Mate 2 4G 0.88
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 0.43
LG G Pro 2 0.58
Sony Xperia Z Ultra 0.39
Loudspeaker loudness (dB) Higher is better
Huawei Ascend Mate 2 4G 76.3
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 76
LG G Pro 2 78
Sony Xperia Z Ultra 66



1. hafini_27

Posts: 951; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

I think Note 2 is better since it has a pen and is also rocking kk right now.

6. hung2900

Posts: 966; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

Note 2 is still a beast. On Kitkat it's smoother (not faster, but smoother) than S4 and even Note 3 S5 (all considered the Exynos version). No choppiness or hipcup at all.

8. Ashoaib

Posts: 3309; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

mediapad x1 is way better than this

18. Jinto

Posts: 436; Member since: Jan 15, 2014

WHEN (I should say IF) the OnePlus One is in stores, it will be a hugely better deal

25. ningning

Posts: 3; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Saw oneplus on geekbuying

22. mafiaprinc3

Posts: 585; Member since: May 07, 2012

DOES THE NOTE 3 COST $299 OF CONTRACT???? NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2. hafini_27

Posts: 951; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

But if that battery life is true then it is on a league of its own. Holy smoke 11 hours.

3. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Pretty okay spec but that battery life puts it as an everyday phone :D Great to take it on the go with you for sure.

4. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

That Battery Life is just awesome.

5. Adrian38

Posts: 142; Member since: Nov 05, 2012

I have this phone an it's pretty damn amazing :) The battery life is unbelievably great! 3 days of use with 12 hours of screen on time. The only thing I dislike is the front facing camera. It's way too dark and there's no brightness setting -.- Makes me miss the front facing camera on the BLU Life Pure XL. Best front facing camera EVER.

7. JC557

Posts: 1925; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Damn, if I had this phone I would not worry about any hurricane induced blackout for a while especially if combined with a 4000 - 10000 external battery pack.

9. brasstax

Posts: 546; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

I cannot quite agree with the statement that this phone will struggle with demanding games. The bare truth is that you simply don't require a snapdragon 800 class or Tegra k1 class soc to play new games. It's a fact that current generation of mobile hardware is overkill considering the apps & games currently out there. Apart from a note 3, I also have a couple of mediatek phones. One is based on the quad-core mt6582 chipset clocked at 1.3ghz & it has a Mali 400MP2 gpu. The ram is 1gb. And before many of you here think Yuuuck!!!, the truth is this phone plays every single so called demanding game out there at high settings without skipping a beat. And I am talking about games like MC4, asphalt 8, dead trigger 2 & real racing 3. Benchmark scores don't mean anything. And for the record, despite smooth gaming performance, the antutu score is "only" 16k & Quadrant reads 5500. Sporting a more powerful quad-core soc & double the ram, there is absolutely no doubt that all games will be buttery smooth on the ascend mate 2,notwithstanding what these reviews say

19. livyatan

Posts: 867; Member since: Jun 19, 2013

Spot on. The reviewer made a very ignorant, BS statement. Adreno 305 on a 720p screen is perfectly enough for ANY game available on the Play Store. I can atest from my experience with Galaxy S3 that even the Mali 400MP4 is currently enough on 720p. And Adreno 305 is quite a bit better than Mali MP4. People don't realize that mobile games aren't advancing nearly as fast as mobile graphics hardware. Galaxy on fire 2 HD, Real Racing 3, The Dark Knight Rises, Modern Combat 4, Shadowgun Dead zone, N. O. V. A. 3, Dead Trigger, etc.. Are all still graphically up there with the best that mobile has to offer, and are on the market for more than a year. And every single of them can be played with a lower midrange-grade phone. Some games like Asphalt 8 and Amazing Spider Man 2, do cause some performance issues even on the Snapdragon 600/800, but that is not because of hardware, it is software related.

21. mafiaprinc3

Posts: 585; Member since: May 07, 2012

i totally agree

11. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

720p on a 6.1" panel is just horrible by today's standards...

13. Adrian38

Posts: 142; Member since: Nov 05, 2012

But 3 days of battery life and 12 hours of screen on time isn't :)

14. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Sure, but I would have rather had a 1080p panel and 8 hours of screen on time...

23. mafiaprinc3

Posts: 585; Member since: May 07, 2012


20. livyatan

Posts: 867; Member since: Jun 19, 2013

For that price?? Get a clue, man. Btw, the display is of exceptional quality. Check the anandtech review

12. eastwood

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 11, 2014

I have had all the phones and I currently am using this one. Of course there are hotter phones in the market place and are also priced as such... But when it comes to battery life and bang for the buck...this phone Rock's... It's smooth and fast with a great display that can handle everything.

15. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Audio output voltage appears quite good -- twice as high as the Galaxy S5. It has potential to be a really nice device for listening to music with awesome battery life and a big easy to read screen.

16. Sharky

Posts: 259; Member since: Jun 24, 2008

Man, I find it hard to consider a phablet, but with that sort of battery life its hard not to consider it for the price. I would only be concerned with whether or not it would get an Android L update. Would be nice if it did.

17. p51d007

Posts: 705; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

Got one on Wednesday. That battery! WOW, after 2 hard days of use, I still had over 14% battery left! It was the deal for me, my gnote1(GT-N7000), even with a new battery, couldn't make it through an entire day! The screen? Clear, bright, sharp. I'm not a pixel peeper, or nit-picker. So what, it doesn't have the latest OS, chip, features. It's a LOT faster than my old phone, no lag, and with Nova Launcher, which is what I used on my old phone, serves my needs perfectly! And it fit my old faux leather horizontal case. I ordered a slightly larger one though. Width is about the same as the note, thickness about the same, but only 1/2 inch longer, but with the reduction in bezel size, almost .9 inches MORE screen size! Less than 400 dollars? Couldn't resist & couldn't be happier.

24. ningning

Posts: 3; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

I have Huawei mate 2, who can recommend me a nice game console for it? not high price and have better handle experience.

26. ningning

Posts: 3; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

my friend has Huawei P6. it's awsome to take photoes at night.

27. Rockky

Posts: 6; Member since: May 25, 2014 u use MediaPad on US carriers? Id like that but don't think it gets LTE here.

28. mirexcool

Posts: 65; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Bought at Aleixspress. Satisfied!
Ascend Mate 2 4G
  • 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)

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit for samples and additional information.