huawei-mate-2-review-01-hero2We’ve seen the Huawei Ascend Mate 2 when it was first announced during CES 2014. It was a great event, and the phone was well received by the audience since it is a device with a humongous battery capacity, along with a clear intent from Huawei to tackle power management very seriously, and to build a phone that solves real-world use cases. Basically, Huawei said “no gimmicks here”, and by large the phone seems to deliver on paper. Add to that a $299 “no contract” price point, and this should get some attention from many who are looking for a quality large display phone without breaking the bank. Is the Huawei Mate 2 as good as it sounds? Let’s find out.

Technical highlights

During this review, I will compare the Huawei Mate 2 with two well-known phones that you may consider, and that you probably know somewhat. The Galaxy Note 3 is the king of large smartphones and the direct descendant of the Note which create this whole category. The Nexus 5 provides an excellent value for the price, but features a smaller screen. The Mate 2 addresses large display and affordability, so in some sense, it could be seen as a mix of the Note 3 and the Nexus 5 qualities.

Galaxy Note 3Nexus 5Ascend Mate2 4G
BrandSamsungLGHuawei
Product Size5.94 x 3.11 x 0.31″5.39 x 2.72 x 0.31″6.34 x 3.31 x 0.35″
Product Weight5.93 Oz4.59 Oz7.13 Oz
Price (Street)$540$349$299.99
Display TypeSuper AMOLED, touchscreenIPS, touchscreenIPS, touchscreen
Resolution1920×10801920×10801280×720
Pixel Density386 PPI445 PPI241 PPI
Diagonal5.7″4.95″6.1″
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 800
4-core
2.3 MHz
Qualcomm MSM8974 Snapdragon 800
4-core
2.3 MHz
Qualcomm MSM8928 Snapdragon 400
4-core
1.6 MHz
OSAndroid 4.4.2Android 4.4.4Android 4.3
Memory Card TypeMicroSD (64 GB max)None(64 GB max)
Internal Storage16,32,64 GB32 GB16 GB
RAM3 GB2 GB2 GB
Megapixels13 MP8 MP13 MP
Image StabilizationYes (Digital Stabilization)
Megapixel2 MP1.3 MP5 MP
Battery Capacity (mAh)3200 mAh2300 mAh4050 mAh

As you can see, the Mate 2 features a lower resolution display, and a slower main processor. On the other hand, its screen and battery capacity are the largest.

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