Smartphones don’t get much bigger than this.
Huawei's big new phone is packed with features that make it an enticing business device. It sports a 6.1-inch display that's more than big enough for productivity tasks. Its battery is equally large, promising days of battery life on a single charge. This is not a phablet for the faint of heart, or the small of hand; the Ascend Mate is a massive Android device that practically demands two-handed use to accomplish even basic tasks. If you can deal with the bulk, however, you might find its size an acceptable tradeoff for the phone's productivity power and unique features. Here are three reasons the Ascend Mate 2, which is set to launch in March, is a worthy business phone.
1. Big screen
Lots of new smartphones have large displays, but phones don't get much bigger than this. Only a couple of Android handsets exist that edge out the Ascend Mate's 6.1-inch display in terms of sheer breadth. A big screen is a boon in a business device; many compact smartphones are just too cramped for true productivity. Even basic business tasks such as reading and responding to email can be more comfortable on a big display with a large virtual keyboard. The Ascend Mate 2 also features multi-window functionality that lets you run two apps on screen at once, though the functionality is more limited than on competing phablets such as Samsung's Galaxy Note 3.
2. Long battery life
You’d be hard pressed to find a smartphone with a beefier battery than the Ascend Mate 2's 4,050 mAh unit. With "normal" use, Huawei promises up to 3.5 days of battery life on a single charge. That phone might even outlast battery juggernauts such as LG's G2, which lasted for more than 13 hours of continuous use in tests. That's good news for business users who depend on their mobile device to stay connected throughout the work day.
3. Charge other devices
The Ascend Mate 2's battery is so big it can act as a recharging station for your other mobile devices. Huawei packed in the ability to connect a smartphone, tablet or notebook to the phone via a USB cable so you can refuel a second device on the go. The functionality could be a life-saver for business users who find themselves far from a charging outlet with a dead device.