Huawei Ascend Mate 2 finally gets priced as it launches in China
Huawei announced the Ascend Mate 2 phablet at CES earlier this month, but failed to say anything about how much it would cost. But we now have that information, thankfully, because the Mate 2 has just been launched in China.
If you are over there, you can order one right now from Huawei’s own Vmall online store. The price you need to pay is 2,688 yuan, which currently translates into roughly $444 or €327. We’re talking SIM-free and unlocked, of course, without the need to sign any long term contracts or such.
It’s a good price, undoubtedly, especially for a 6.1-inch device. At the unveiling we were a bit concerned about how much of an upgrade the Mate 2 really is compared to its predecessor, and we imagined that decent pricing might alleviate such issues. At it sort of does. For that amount, you get a 4G LTE capable handset with some upper-midrange specs. There’s a huge battery inside, one which you can even use to charge up other phones, and the only downside really is the display resolution, still at 720p HD.
All that said though, it’s important to remember that Huawei faces stiff competition in its home market of China, so it may decide to make the Ascend Mate 2 more expensive elsewhere. But there’s really no way of telling whether that’s true just yet, we’ll have to wait until we hear something about the phablet’s pricing anywhere else.