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Giant Mate 2 wants to be your wallet's friendHuawei's 6.1-inch Android handset proves its mettle as an all-around top budget phablet choice.
Want your phone large and in change without breaking the bank. Then you might want to try the Huawei Ascend Mate two 4G that I have right here. It's got a 6.1 inch display. It runs android 4.3 jellybean. There's a lot going on inside. One of the reason I like this phone is that it comes in with the midrange price but it has very solid performance. So you've got a 1.6 gigahertz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor in here. Gameplay is pretty good on that, which is pretty surprising. Especially because the screen resolution is only 720p HD. So it's a little bit grainier and crunchier than you might expect for a phone of this size. So it's pretty impressive that the graphics actually carry through. When you do look at the screen the image quality isn't as great. The text is noticeably softer when you're doing things like reading articles for example. There is a 13 megapixel camera on the back with flash. I thought image quality was okay especially out doors and bright sunlight but indoors shots, low light shots, night shots weren't so great and also the edges weren't as crisp and detailed as I would like. On the front is a five megapixel wide angle camera. That comes with special tips to help you make the most out of your image. There's also a scale for beauty mode that will help you airbrush yourself. And in addition to that, there is a new feature called Groupie, that will actually take a three shot panorama of you and all your friends. The Ascend Mate2 comes with Huawei's custom skin on top. They call this a motion UI. I actually really like it. There are some helpful little shortcuts. And instead of going into an app tray, your apps are laid out in icon form, on the subsequent home screen. There is customization. There's a theme bank for example, that you can change the color scheme that you're looking at among various options. There are a couple extra settings as well. For example, you can turn on Glove mode and get an extra sensitive screen. Good for people in colder climates. There's also the W.O.W button which just means window on window. And this opens up a bunch of shortcuts so that you can pull up the calculator for example. Unfortunately you can not pull up an extra browser window. The phones also comes up with a one handed UI mode, which is really useful with phones with extra large screens. Unfortunately you only get your shrunken and shifted keyboard on a couple different apps, for example the dialer. The battery is a point of pride for Huawei and it should be, because it's a 3,900 milliamp-hour ticker in here and it actually does last for a very long time without needing a charge. Huawei says it will go two days or about 25 hours of constant use. And so far it has stood that test. Though the Ascend Mate two is as hulking a beast as it looks, however it does have sort of a somewhat rounded back and a soft touch finish that does make it easier to hold. Sides are pretty straight as well. It is big and wide in my hand, and it doesn't fit very comfortably into my pocket, but it does slip just fine into my purse and also into larger pockets as well. You will find that the Huawei Ascend Mate Two 4G is available globally, so look for it at local distributors or online. I'm Jessica Valcourt from CNET. You can check out my full review at cnet.com. [MUSIC]