Jan 06 AT 4:34 PM Nick Gray 2 Comments

Hands-on with the Huawei Ascend Mate2

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Huawei has been selling phones in the US market for years. But 2014 will be a big year for the Chinese smartphone makers as it shifts gears, bringing its first high-end Android device to the US consumers. With a 6.1-inch 720p display, 1.6 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 8928 quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM. The 4050 mAh battery, 13 megapixel main camera and 5 megapixel front-facing camera, the Huawei Ascend Mate2 is an impressive device. Unfortunately, the external hardware doesn’t quite live up its internals.

The phone is made of a glossy white plastic with a fake brushed aluminum rail around the edges, reminiscent of what Samsung has been pushing out for the past few years. Unfortunately, the build quality isn’t as good as Samsung’s offerings. On the plus side, the Huawei Ascend Mate is considerably small, roughly the same size as the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, which features a display that’s half an inch smaller. Huawei claims that the Ascend Mate2 has a shorter lower edge than the Samsung Galaxy S4, Note 2 and Apple iPhone.

Huawei isn’t yet known as a high-end smartphone manufacturer in the US, but that could soon change. If the Huawei Ascend Mate2 makes it to market in the next few months at an affordable price, we could see the Chinese manufacturer gain significant popularity on this side of the ocean.

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. He started HTCsource.com (the first HTC blog) back in 2007 and later joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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