One of China’s biggest smartphone makers isn’t exactly a big name in the United States yet. But Huawei hopes to change that, and one part of the company’s strategy appears to be a new online storefront where customers can order unlocked phones straight from Huawei.
It’s easier than getting wireless carriers to offer your phone, I guess… but other unlocked phones like the Google Nexus 5 and Motorola Moto X aren’t exactly household names outside of geek circles.
Anyway, Huawei’s kicking things off by taking pre-orders for the $300 Huawei Ascend Mate 2 smartphone with a 6.1 inch screen.
The Ascend Mate II is a phone for folks that want a big screen, a big battery, and who would rather buy a phone outright than spread out their payments over the course of a wireless contract.
Spec-wise, it’s hardly the most powerful phone on the market. But it’s not a bad looking phone, and it has a few things going for it including an enormous 3900mAh battery which provides up to 25 hours of talk time.
Here are some of the phone’s highlights:
- 6.1 inch, 1280 x 720 pixel Gorilla Glass 3 display
- 1.6 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 quad-core CPU
- 2GB RAM
- 16GB storage + microSD card reader
- Android 4.3 Jelly Bean
- 13MP rear camera and 5MP front-facing camera
- 802.11ac WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0
The Huawei Ascend Mate II is a GSM phone with support for 3G and 4G LTE. It should work on AT&T’s network, and when you order the phone Huawei will through in a SIM card good for a free month with MVNO Net 10, which operates on AT&T’s network, and which offers a range of pre-paid voice and data plans that are much cheaper than AT&T’s own.
via Android Police