Huawei Ascend Mate 2: An Affordable Phablet
Unknown to the general consumer market is the fact that multitudes of competitive devices are launched in countries other than just the United States. The Asian markets continuously churn out quality devices that destroy the price range of similar devices in the same class spec wise. With that comes the Huawei Ascend Mate2, and its appealing culmination of specs and software. During my time with Ascend Mate 2, I found myself falling in love with the devices and what it offered from a general sense, and hoping that the mobile market as a whole decides to transition towards a similar approach to mid-range devices.
Starting with the hardware, the Ascend Mate 2 offers an enormous 6.1 inch display with a 720p HD resolution. In theory you would think that a display of that size would inheritably offer a somewhat abysmal pixel density ratio. However this isn’t the case with this device as the color saturation and viewing angles combine to make a more than adequate viewing experience. Powering the display is a Snapdragon 400 Quad-core processor that in my testing had NO issues whatsoever in handling daily tasks for the Ascend Mate 2. It’s comparable to that of higher tiered devices such as the S5 & M8. Appreciation should be given to Huawei for optimizing the heck out of the software and skin atop of it. Included on the rear is an acceptable 13 megapixel camera with a standard feature set. It will produce more than adequate pictures for the basic consumer. The star of the show is undoubtedly its battery. Huawei has graced us with an insane 3900mah hour battery back inside (non-removal). This battery continued to provide me with 4-5 days of consistent use without a hitch. To think that a device priced at $299 offers this kind of versatility and endurance is definitely eye-catching.
The biggest disappointment of the Ascend Mate 2 lies in its software skin. Emotion UI is the standard for all new Huawei devices that unfortunately doesn’t provide a good or bad experience. It comes off as an unintuitive skin atop Android that aesthetically resembles other competitors, but functions nothing like them. Coming from the perspective of a tech enthusiast, my view is undoubtedly biased; however there are a multitude of different options available through the Play Store to eradicate this issue. From a sheer size point, the minimalistic bezels and fairly small form factor with a 6.1 inch display provides a pleasant experience with software. It doesn’t have technology such as ClearBlack from Nokia, but the software runs seamlessly without a hiccup regardless of the home replacement you install.
From a total package standpoint, the Huawei Ascend Mate 2 is the perfect blend of durability, customization, versatility, and price. At $299, the dream of affordable, powerful smart phones for cheap price points are truly envisioned within this product. If you can get your hands on one, be sure to capitalize on the opportunity to obtain the device as disappointment is the last thing this device will offer.