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Huawei Mate 2 – Factory Unlocked (White)


General

GSM: 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

UMTS: 850 / AWS / 1900 / 2100

LTE: 700(B17) / 850(B5) / AWS(B4) / 1900(B2)

Body

Dimensions: 161 x 84.7 x 9.5 mm (6.34 x 3.33 x 0.37 in)

Weight: 202 g (7.13 oz)

Display

Type: LTPS (Low Temperature Poly-Silicon), LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors

Size: HD, 720 x 1280 pixels, 6.1 inches (~241 ppi pixel density)

Multitouch: Yes

Protection Corning Gorilla Glass III

Emotion UI v2.0 Lite

Sound

Alert types: Vibration, MP3, WAV ringtones

Loudspeaker: Yes

3.5mm jack: Yes

DTS Sound

Memory

Card slot: Up to 32 GB

Internal: 16 GB, 2 GB RAM

Data

WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/a/ac, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot

Bluetooth: v4.0 BLE/EDR

USB: microUSB v2.0

Camera

Primary: 13 MP, autofocus, LED flash

Features: Geo-tagging, smile capture, HDR, panorama

Video: 1080p@30fps

Secondary: 5 MP

Features: Wide angle, panorama

Features

OS: Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean)

Chipset: Qualcomm MSM8928 Snapdragon 400

CPU: Quad-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A7

GPU: Adreno 305

Sensors: Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, light

Radio: Stereo FM radio

GPS: GPS with A-GPS support and GLONASS

Reverse charging

Dual mic noise cancellation

Battery

Li-Ion 3900 mAh battery (Typical)

$ 274.99


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  1. Justin says:
    766 of 784 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    11/21/14 Update, 4 Stars!, August 6, 2014
    By 
    Justin

    IMPORTANT!!! I am changing my previous 3 star review to a 4 star review due to the fact that Huawei has announced an Android Lollipop update within 7 months.This means the LATEST android software! Time will tell if Huawei sticks to their word and i feel a 4 star review is fair due to a very late software update. Please note if you read any negative reviews regarding no Kit Kat software update, those reviews are not up to date and are therefore inaccurate.

    Pros:

    Battery life: If you haven’t noticed yet this phone has a huge battery, 4050 Mah (to put this in perspective it’s about as big as most 7 inch tablet batteries, like the Nexus 7 in this case) You will almost always get around 8 hours of on screen time with heavy to moderate use (Many websites and You Tubers have said this as well)(On screen time means how long the phone’s screen has been on and doesn’t count when the screen is off) For an extra $10, You can buy a reverse charging cable. I can confirm this does work very well as i have purchased it (It uses the Mate 2’s battery to charge another phone)

    Price: This is one of the cheapest unlocked phones with the specs it has. I’m sure like most people i was looking for a cheap smartphone without the cheap attributes. I tried looking at more unknown brands,especially from China, and Huawei caught my eye. I was deciding between the Moto X and the Mate 2 and i’m glad i chose the Mate 2.

    2GB of ram: This seems to be the sweet spot for most flagship phones (although some are already on 3GB, 2GB is still very capable for multitasking and everyday use) This phone handles multitasking apps like a breeze and usually with a lot of ram left.

    Durability/Design: The phone has Gorilla Glass 3 (it’s special glass that’s more shatter proof and scratch proof than regular glass). It’s nice to have Gorilla Glass 3 on 6.1 inches of glass and gives you a little peace of mind. It Also comes pre-installed with a screen protector that’s installed perfectly (no air bubbles or dirt). I couldn’t even tell there was a screen protector until i saw the cutouts for the sensor which means it’s really clear and feels great.

    Notification Light: This phone comes with a notification light that flashes every few seconds,obviously if you have any notifications. It can change colors if the app supports it and it is very useful since it’s not convenient at all to keep turning on your phone just to see notifications,especially with a phone this big.

    -The back plate is removable via a very small cutout on the back plate. The back plate is a flexible and durable plastic rubber material similar to the Samsung Galaxy Series. This is a good thing because it won’t be breaking anytime soon. For the black version, there are little stubs that provide a nice grip, while on the white version it is a matte finish back.

    -Weight is evenly spaced so it doesn’t feel heavy on one side. At first it feels heavy since it’s around 150% heavier than most phones but you’ll get used to it.My friend, who owns an iPhone 4, said it feels quite light (due to the evenly spaced weight distribution i’m guessing)

    -Side bezel looks like brushed metal when it’s really just plastic. However, this does feel solid and not cheap.

    -Overall this is a minimalistic yet durable design very comparable to the Samsung Galaxy series phones and you really can’t ask for more at this price point.

    Cons:

    Software: As of 11/21/14, the Mate 2 continues to run the outdated (but not necessarily bad)android jellybean software. However, the Mate 2 will receive the latest Android software within a time frame of the next 7 months. This is great news and will make this phone possibly the best sub $300 off contract phone when the update comes.

    Speaker Placement (not quality): Speaker can get pretty loud and its decently clear, nothing special. The placement isn’t the best because it’s at the bottom of the back side which can be easily be blocked by a finger when holding the phone or by simply putting the phone on its backside, blocking the speaker. However it does help that the speaker can get quite loud.

    Things to know/ FAQ

    This does come with a 1 year U.S.A warranty(assuming you’re buying from gethuawei.com or Huawei U.S.A via amazon)

    One handed use is certainly possible because there is a one handed u.i option which moves the keyboard and dial pad to one side. I have small hands but got very used to it’s big size
    There is also a window on window button that is very similar to the ios assistive touch. It’s a small button that stays on any side of the screen in which you can access settings like the back button. The w.o.w button also allows you to have multiple app windows (think of it like multiple computer tabs being open and seen at once) The apps that are capable of being opened at the same time via WOW are:…

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  2. The Graphite Girl says:
    228 of 237 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    With This Phone, You DON’T, “Get What You Pay For”, You Get Wayyyyy More!, June 22, 2014
    By 
    The Graphite Girl (TEXAS y’all!) –

    Verified Purchase(What’s this?)

    Customer Video Review Length:: 1:58 Mins

    You couldn’t ask for more in terms of (lag-free)Performance, Value, Build Quality, SD Card Slot, 13MP Camera (with Flash!) 5MP FFC, Screen Size, Screen Quality (IPS/Gorilla Glass 3), Camera Quality, Amazing Battery Life ETC all for just $299.00!

    This really goes toe-to toe with the Galaxy Mega 6.3, and exceeds it on EVERY level UNLESS u are a Super Diehard Samsung Fan. This has more RAM, a notificiation light, bigger battery and many other features the Mega does not and is over $100-$150.00 less!

    I have been putting it through its paces for about the last 48 hours and i have got to tell you, not one app has crashed, failed to load or given me an ounce of frustration. For those of you concerned about the “Emotion UI”, no worries, i loaded a replacement launcher in two seconds flat and app draw works perfectly.

    Very satisfied with this purchase, and those of you that have read my reviews about over 100 phones KNOW there is always something that disappoints me to the point i can not overcome it, and, “Back the phone goes, USUALLY within a few hours of my unboxing it”… However, this little gem has no little niggles that i can find.

    Huge battery, Notification light, SD Card Slot, 2GB Ram, 13 MP Camera (WITH FLASH!) 6.1 IPS great quality screen w/ gorilla glass, very decent processor, if there is some flaw its hiding, its doing it pretty dang well, cuz i haven’t found ANYTHING not to like, and you gotta know, i been looking!

    TGG

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  3. David Munoz says:
    267 of 290 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Great if you know what you are getting – Updated 10/28!, June 26, 2014
    By 
    David Munoz (Renton, WA) –

    First and foremost, this is not a flagship phone. The only spec this phone offers that is worth mentioning is it’s 3900mah battery since it is the biggest of any phone available. That being said, if you want a BIG phone, this could be exactly what you want.

    While you’d think the only difference between the white and black model is the color, you’d be wrong. While the black model has a textured back to reduce fingerprints and improve grip, the white model has a slick plastic back reminiscent of the Galaxy S 3. I went with the white model since I was going to put it in a case anyways but the difference is something to be aware of.

    This phone is BIG, but if you are like me and use two hands on your phone no matter the size then the only part of you that will complain is your pocket. In regular sized (male) pockets the phone just fits inside, but you do get a slight impression that you are wearing shin-guards on your thighs. The phone is noticeably heavier than your average phone, but if you are used to using a tablet then it shouldn’t be an issue.

    The screen is very nice with good viewing angles, although the color was a bit warmer than I was used to. It works well for reading or watching videos, but you may notice the lower resolution (720p) when zoomed out when web-browsing. The screen itself is larger than my last phone (Nexus 4) and is definitely a key reason to get this phone.

    The Camera is a step-up from my old phone, but slightly more average than I was hoping. Colors are generally accurate, but very fine detail doesn’t come through very well, especially in low-light. The Front camera was more of the same, but it was nice that has a wide lens to capture a larger area. The cameras are the same ones as seen in the LG G3, OnePlus One, and other flagship phones so software may improve this. The stock camera app can’t mute the shutter sound so may want to use something else regardless. Overall pretty good for a smartphone, but definitely won’t replace your DSLR. The camera can also store data to the MicroSD, so make sure to get one if you want turn this into your main shooter.

    The performance is more than adequate. When phones nowadays have more power than most people will ever use, this phone brings in just enough tech that you should be able to do anything the newest phones can do. All games and benchmarks play without a hitch, but some intense apps like high-end emulators (mainly PPSSPP) may not run as smoothly as the newest phones. Since this is such a specialized circumstance (and since even the highest-end phones can have issues on the same applications) I don’t count it as a loss.

    Calls sound average compared to modern phones and so does it’s rear speaker. Very much equal to some of the best I’ve used in a phone, but that only means it’s what you should expect. It does support HD Voice so if you are coming from an older device your may notice a nice quality improvement when calling someone who also has a newer device providing your carrier supports this. T-Mobile does.

    The battery life is amazing. Even my first day with the phone and using the 63% charge the phone came with, I still got over 5 hours of on-screen time while running every benchmark in the book before I finally plugged in with 10% battery. That’s longer than I’ve ever gotten on my other phones. It’s safe to expect 9-10 hours of constant usage before needing to plugin, or 2-3 days of normal use. This was on the “Smart” power-saving mode, but there is also the “Endurance” mode if you want even more battery or “Normal” if you want a bit more performance. You can even charge other phones!

    Overall this phone only does battery extremely well, but does everything else so adequately that it’s really a steal for the price. The phone does run Android 4.3, but a 4.4 update is promised and hopefully more. Basically a Jumbo (if not slightly faster) Moto G LTE, it should keep everyone in need of a large phone satisfied.

    ****UPDATES****

    6/27 Update:
    There is a thin, slightly raised, plastic strip that wraps the outside of the front of a device, including the earpiece. While not uncommon on a tablet, the proximity to the earpiece gives the phone a hard edge and can cause discomfort if you hold phones tightly to your ear. You can shift the phone to alleviate this, but is something to be aware of if you normally press your phone to your ear. The official flip-case adds padding if you call when it is closed so this could be a non-issue if this applies to you.

    Also the vibration on my device is on the tiny side.

    6/28 Update:
    Everything continues to run well and phone is very stable. No crashes, FC, or anything of that kind since I got it. Battery life continues to be a non-issue. I was able to get 8+ hours of screen time including 4 hours of internet video and 1 of gaming. The phone gets a little warm near the camera…

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