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Cheap Phablet Huawei Ascend Mate 2 Gets Android 5.0 Lollipop Update

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Huawei introduced the Ascend Mate 2 earlier this year, as a budget solution for users who want a phablet experience.

The device costs just $300, and packs a large 6.1 inch screen display. The downside was that the device runs on an older version of Android, the 4.3 Jelly Bean. Additionally, the company announced that the phablet won’t get the update for the Android 4.4 KitKat. However, fans of the cheap phablet can take a breath, as Huawei has announced that the 6.1 inch device will directly get the update to the Android 5.0 Lollipop.

When Will the Device Get the Update?

The company announced that the device will get the update in the first half of 2015. While that is a vague timeline, sources close to the company suggest that the update should roll out during the first three months of the year. Huawei tends to be competitive with high end, premium phablets, and all of them are getting the Android 5.0 Lollipop update in January or February. According to some of the sources, torment in the form of Android 4.3 Jelly Bean should end for Ascend Mate 2 users by March – April.

Specs in a Nutshell

We mentioned that Huawei wants to bring the phablet experience to users that cannot afford a Samsung or a Sony Xperia device. However, that doesn’t mean that the device has poor specs. On the contrary, the Ascend Mate 2 comes with a quad core processor, clocked at 1.6 GHz, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB internal memory, and the option to add 128 GB of memory space via microSD card. The handset comes with a 13-MP sensor on the back, and a selfie friendly camera of 5-MP on the front. With a massive, 4050 mAh battery, the Huawei Ascend Mate 2 is more than reliable and can last through the day without problems.

The Screen Display

Many budget smartphones stick to the 720p HD display, and the Ascend Mate 2 is no exception. The 6.1 inches screen display delivers resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels, which translates to density of 241ppi.

The Affordable Price

The price for the Ascend Mate 2 is $300. And the added bonus is that the device can connect to 4G / LTE networks. Some of the premium handsets on the market do not support LTE networks, but the Ascend Mate 2 does. That is what makes this device so attractive – low price / excellent specs.