This morning is proving to be quite the busy one for Chinese OEMs, and following ZTE’s launch of its new Grand S Pro just an hour earlier, we’ve got a fresh announcement from Huawei, as the manufacturer makes with the details for US availability of its Ascend Mate2 4G LTE, a phone we first got to visit back at the CES in January.
Unlike the five-inch ZTE model, this time we’re squarely in phablet territory, with the Ascend Mate2’s display measuring in at an expansive 6.1 inches. Unfortunately, the IPS panel’s resolution isn’t as high as the size might suggest, coming in at just 720p.
With a 1.6GHz Snapdragon 400 and 2GB of RAM, processing power similarly falls short of flagship-level performance, but the phone’s cameras sound capable enough, with a 13MP f/2.0 main shooter and wide-angle 5MP front facer. The Mate2 will ship with 16GB storage (microSD expandable), and measure a not-too-thick, not-too-thin 9.5mm deep.
So far, there’s nothing too impressive here… and then we get to the battery. Huawei gives the Mate2 a sizable 3900mAh power pack, easily besting the capacities of larger phablets, like Samsung’s Galaxy Mega 6.3 – frankly, we’re better off comparing it against full-fledged tablets. You can even use the battery as an external power source to help charge other phones – early orders will come with just the cable you’ll need.
Huawei says that giant battery gives the Mate2 the ability to browse the web for twelve hours, watch three movies back-to-back, or talk for over a solid day straight; does it actually deliver? Well, we recently had the opportunity to check out the Ascend Mate2 4G LTE for ourselves, and put it through its paces for our review; check out the whole thing to learn just what we found, including if this mammoth battery lives up to the hype.
Sales of the Mate2 open today for pre-order, exclusively through Huawei’s new gethuawei.com site. There, the phone will run you just shy of $300, unlocked and contract-free (and with a complementary case, to boot). Band support is all ready for either AT&T or T-Mobile LTE, but while that leaves you free to pop in the SIM of your choice, orders placed between now and June 22 will also come with a SIM pre-paid for a month of service; just which carrier that’s for hasn’t yet been revealed, but we expect that detail to arrive shortly. Shoppers ordering today should look forward to their phones arriving in about a week.