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Make friends with Huawei's Ascend Mate 2 (pictures)

At 6.1 inches, the Mate 2 may not be the most cuddly of smartphones, but with strong performance and a wallet-friendly price, you just might want to get to know it better.

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Hey, Mate

The Huawei Ascend Mate 2 updates the original with amped-up specs and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera that slings some new selfie tricks.

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Big screen

6.1 inches of screen gives you a large canvas for consuming culture. Brightness is turned all the way up in this shot, but the screen is fine on auto. One thing it's not is super-high resolution. This display comes in at 720p, not 1080p.

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Get a grip

The phone is undeniably wide, which makes it harder for people with small hands to hold (ahem).

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Side view

Although it's tall and wide, the Mate 2 is also slim. At over 7oz (200g), it's also fairly heavy.

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Top down

A 3.5mm headset jack is the phone's only embellishment along its top edge.

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Camera action

The 13-megapixel camera comes with flash, 1080p HD video recording, and autofocus, plus a few extra settings as well.

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Feeling that Emotion?

Huawei's custom skin, Emotion UI, covers Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. You can also personalize it with a couple of extra themes.

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