Huawei, the Chinese telecom giant, is not satisfied with its relatively meager presence in the United States. As such, it has taken drastic measures to address that concern by putting up a website that will directly sell its handsets to US consumers. The first model that will be sold in their website, GetHuawei.com, is the recently launched Huawei Ascend Mate 2.
It may not be the first (or second, or perhaps fifth) brand that comes to mind when talking about smartphones. But Huawei is in fact the third largest smartphone maker in the world by market share, coming right behind Apple and Samsung. However, the company has mostly enjoyed appreciation in their native China, neighboring Asian countries, and Europe. They have yet to achieve a significant dent in the US smartphone market.
In line with their goal, Huawei launched their GetHuawei.com website on Thursday. This site will cater to US customers who want to own the company?s off-contract Ascend Mate 2 flagship phablet. Consumers will have the option to buy the LTE-enabled, unlocked model directly or purchase a Net 10 plan. Net 10 is wireless reseller which operates under AT&T and T-Mobile?s networks.
For its price range, the Huawei Ascent Mate 2 comes with quite remarkable features. It is packed with a quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor clocked at 1.6 GHz, 2 GB worth of RAM, 16 GB internal storage with a MicroSD card slot, 13-megapixel rear camera with a Sony BSI sensor and a 5-megapixel, wide-angle front camera. It runs on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and will be powered by a whopping 3,900 mAh lithium polymer, non-removable battery that will make the device up for three days of moderate use, according to Huawei.
What burst the spec bubble of the Ascend Mate 2 is its rather dull screen. Although its large 6.1-inch display is made of LCD IPS panels, it only runs at 720p and not the 1080p HD display which is common to models of similar screen size. Huawei?s choice to power it with an older Android OS is a drag too. But the Chinese company has indicated plans to roll out an updated OS for the device in the near future. Nevetheless, the key selling point of the Ascend Mate 2 is its cost. For only $ 299, the company is hoping to entice those consumers who wanted to buy a bigger and LTE-capable smartphone without shelling out a lot of cash.
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