Huawei is making an effort to extend its reach into the US market by selling to consumers directly. Last week the company put the Ascend Mate 2 up for pre-order on its site priced at an affordable $299. Now the handset is available via Amazon Prime as well, and it's shipping right away.


For the price, the Ascend Mate 2 is a monster of a phone. You're looking at a 6.1-inch 720 by 1280 display, a 13MP rear-facing camera, and a massive 3900mAh battery. A GSMArena test shows it besting the likes of the Note 3, the Xperia Z1, and other beefy mobile devices. The phone is actually packing enough juice to charge other devices via a dedicated cable from Huawei.

Amazon's not offering the phone for any cheaper than Huawei is selling it directly. In fact, buying the Mate 2 from gethuawei.com will actually net you a free Net 10 SIM card (a $50 savings). But if you're a Prime customer, that free shipping is hard to beat.

Ascend Mate 2 on Amazon

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lucyparanormal Daniel Tiberius

    I love my 6+ inch Z Ultra, but I wanna replace it soon with something that's not 720p. C'mon OEMs.

    • Matthew Merrick

      Other than battery and camera, your Z Ultra is better than this phone in literally every way. Your ZU has kitkat, a S800, 2 GB RAM, a gorgeous Display, pen input capabilities, and waterproofing. May I ask why you feel the need to upgrade?

      • KathleenKennettiel

        until I saw the paycheck which said $8694 , I didn't
        believe that my sister was like trully erning money part time on there
        computar. . there friends cousin had bean doing this for only thirteen months
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      • http://www.facebook.com/lucyparanormal Daniel Tiberius

        The cover for the USB port doesn't stay anymore and the whole thing is slightly bent from being so big in my pocket. Also I have gadget ADD.

  • Riley Biers

    I really don't think we should be purchasing Chinese-made cellphones. It's bad practice, as well as the fact that they install spyware.

    • Ian Chisholm

      Rather have Chinese government spyware than American spyware; at least the Chinese stuff won't be used against me.

      • LANCE

        i wouldnt use banking apps on it....just saying

        • shadowx360

          Right...because if millions of Huawei phone users magically all lost their bank accounts Huawei wouldn't instantly go out of business. Hate to break it to you, but your bank account is nowhere near the revenue Huawei makes from doing business.

      • shadowx360

        Not to mention the only "proof" we have of Huawei spying is the NSA's statement, later refuted by Snowden, which revealed that Huawei actually refused to spy for the NSA but Cisco was happy to, so the NSA issued the statement to increase market share of Cisco, giving them larger access.

    • vb

      No Chinese-made cellphones? LOL. Good luck finding something that's not made in China.

    • spam lover

      you have a source on that?

      • Matthew Merrick

        Of course he doesn't. The baseless slander against Chinese OEMs was just that. The NSA was just pissed they wouldn't voluntary agree to install US government backdoors, and that actually makes for a MORE secure system

      • Gibscreen

        Pull the back cover off your phone.

  • Erstam

    If this had a higher resolution I would totally try it for this price. And if there's rom development.

    • spam lover

      I had the first mate. It was a pretty decent phone but indeed, rom development is non-existent.

      • LightofHonor

        Rom development on this one may be better since it uses a more standard chipset. The original Mate used a HiSense processor which nobody else uses.

    • Kevin

      i thought at first the "low resolution" of 720p of this one would make the screen look horrible, but in practice it's actually a great screen and unless you stick your eyes right up to it, it's comparable to a note 3. it's not an $700 flagship obviously but it's is worth way more than what it's price would suggest

  • LightofHonor

    They don't have the white one, and getting it from Huawei direct you get a free case if you use their promo code. I'll wait.

  • Ann Lazebna