Huawei Ascend xt2 – Ascend Worthy? [2020 Update]

This phone has been in the market for quite a while now. The introduction of the Huawei h1711(Ascend xt2) was announced in 2017. The Huawei Ascend xt2 ships with a Snapdragon 435 processor, 5.5” screen, a RAM of 2GB, and total storage of merely 16GB.

The phone comes with the 7th iteration of the Android OS, namely Android Nougat. It has a total power capacity of 4000mAh which is powered by a Lithium Polymer fixed power pack. The 5.5” display is also of the standard IPS type with a resolution of 720p x 1280p.

Huawei Ascend xt2 Specs

Device Specifications:

 Launch Date



 164.9g (5.82oz)


 6.04 x 3 x 0.33 inches (153.4 x 76.2 x 8.4mm)

 Graphics Card

 Adreno 505

 Display Screen

 5.5” IPS, 720 x 1280

 Operating System

 Android Nougat


 Snapdragon 435


 Octa-core, Quad-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A53, Quad-core 1.1 GHz Cortex-A53



 Internal Space

 16GB (microSD extendable)

 Front Camera


 Rear Camera

 12MP with autofocus

 Supported SIM types


 Network Coverage


Battery Capacity

Non-removable 4000mAh


Now that we’ve looked at the key specifications and a quick intro let’s get into a detailed huawei ascend xt2 16gb review.

The device only weighs 164.9g (5.82oz) including the power pack which is quite common when compared with devices of similar size. The size itself is quite average and dimensions are about 6.04 x 3x 0.33” (153.4 x 76.2 x 8.4mm) when rounded off.

huawei ascend xt2 smartphone

Usually, a smartphone screen size is gauged from one corner to the other. The xt2 measures around 5.5” and comes with an IPS multi-touch display that has a 720p x 1280p resolution.

Simply put,

The physical specifications of this phone are quite average and is a given at this price range.  

Android Nougat which is the default OS isn’t too bad either and was released in 2016, just a year before the ascent xt2 was released. However, the phone can be upgraded to a higher operating system. The phone uses a Snapdragon 435 chipset which is quite outdated given that Snapdragon is currently in its 8xx series.

The RAM of 2GB is pretty standard for a budget phone and the 16GB is quite disappointing not when compared to the price but the current standard.

The storage can be expanded using a microSD chip.

Most phones nowadays have a non-removable power pack unlike in the early years where when your phone doesn’t respond you just remove the battery and voila! The phone packs 4000mAH and has a good backup. The Li-Po(Lithium Polymer) is quite slim, light, and is rechargeable.

In terms of connectivity, the device supports your usual 2G,3G, and 4G bands. It also supports Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.1.The phone ships with all the standard sensors you would find in a smartphone today from an accelerometer to the proximity sensor.

For those who don’t know, the accelerometer is responsible for measuring the titling and positioning of the device while the proximity sensor is self-explanatory (detects the proximity of the phone to other things in the external environment).   

To conclude, Huawei first moved into the market as a budget phone manufacturer and has now moved up the ladder to compete with the big brands in the market. But with the Ascend xt2 they are staying true to their roots and giving the best it can for this price value.

That being said, the best offered in this phone is below current standard, but you get what you pay for. 

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