Feb 24 AT 4:23 PM Nick Gray 15 Comments

Huawei Ascend P2 announced, featuring the worlds fasted mobile download speeds


Huawei today announced the Ascend P2, a new flagship Android phone with quite an impressive spec sheet. The Ascend P2 runs on Android 4.1 with Huawei’s Emotion UI and is powered by a 1.5 GHz quad-core processor with 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. The device is also equipped with a 4.7-inch 1280 x 720 pixels display covered with Gorilla Glass 2, NFC, Wi-Fi, GPS, a 2,420 mAh battery, 13 megapixel camera with BSI sensor, front-facing 1.3 megapixel camera  and LTE Category 4 support – giving the Ascend P2 the fastest internet download speeds on the planet.

At first glance, the design of the Huawei Ascend P2 looks a little bland and uninspiring, but the beauty of the device is found in the little details. The back and sides of the Ascend P2 are wrapped in a white/silver plastic shell, but the black bezel around the display flows over the top and bottom edged of the phone, giving it a truly unique look. Pricing details are not yet available, but Huawei expects the Ascend to hit global markets in late Q2 of 2013. While the device is capable of reaching download speeds up to 150 Mbps, there are very few LTE networks in the world which fully support LTE Category 4 speeds. 

While Huawei’s phone features some great specs, we’re not sure if it’s enough to compete directly with the HTC One or the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S IV. Do you think Huawei will continue to gain market share in 2013 with phones like the Ascend P2?

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Barcelona, Spain, February 24, 2013: Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, today introduced the HUAWEI Ascend P2, the world’s fastest smartphone, at the 2013 Mobile World Congress (MWC). The Ascend P2 features a 1.5 GHz quad-core processor and LTE Cat 4 providing an ultrafast web experience with download speeds of up to 150 Mbps. Continuing the fashion legacy of the Ascend P-series, it is only 8.4mm slim with an infinity edge 4.7-inch IPS HD in-cell touch display with second-generation Corning® Gorilla® Glass, and will be available in black and white.

“Ascend P2 is the perfect combination of elegance and power, and further proof that there’s no need to compromise when desiring a perfect smartphone. It is evidence of the outstanding smartphone experiences and great technology that we are committed to bringing to consumers globally,” said Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group.

The HUAWEI Ascend P2 will be on sale in France through Orange in June 2013.

“We’re pleased to be working with Huawei again to enable our customers to have easier and faster access to all their favorite content,” said Yves Maitre, Senior Vice President, Mobile Multimedia & Devices, Orange. “We are impressed by the design and look forward to putting the Ascend P2 into the hands of consumers as soon as possible.”

“The technological capabilities of the HUAWEI Ascend P2 will enable our customers to have the fastest access to all their content, with speeds up to 150 Mbps on our brand new 4G network,” said Florence Paour, Device Marketing Director, Orange France.

The HUAWEI Ascend P2 runs on the Android 4.1 operating system, with Huawei’s own Emotion UI 1.5. Powered by a 2420 mAh battery and 1.5 GHz quad-core processor, the Ascend P2 downloads HD movies in minutes, and loads online videos, web pages, songs or e-Books in seconds. Huawei’s proprietary ‘swift sharing’ supports uploads and downloads two to three times faster than other smartphones in a Wi-Fi environment. With its NFC module*, Ascend P2 enables e-payments and can act as an electronic ticket. Huawei’s unique Quick Power Control (QPC) and Automated Discontinuous Reception (ADRX) power-saving technologies, reduces power consumption by 30% and charging time by more than 25% compared to other smartphones.

Continuing the fashion focus of Huawei’s Ascend P smartphones, HUAWEI Ascend P2 evokes the image of an infinity pool with its seamless, elegant design and curvy contours. Using in-cell technology, its LCD 4.7-inch IPS HD touchscreen is an impressive 8.4mm slim. Its ‘magic touch’ feature provides enhanced screen responsiveness even with gloves, and instant keyword translation and Wikipedia searches can now be done on a single window with ‘smart reading’. The screen also calibrates its brightness automatically under any light conditions, allowing users to perform any function, under any light.

The HUAWEI Ascend P2 provides optimal photo and video features including a 13 MP BSI rear-facing camera with HDR, and a 1.3 MP front-facing camera to support self-portrait and video shooting. A dedicated camera key on the side of the phone also allows instant access to picture taking, click once for the camera to be activated and another time to take the shot. With Huawei’s advanced camera algorithm, high-definition images can be captured even in backlit conditions. Auto adjustment modes further enable Ascend P2 to produce photos that rival professional cameras.

The Huawei Emotion UI*, available on the Ascend P2 is easy to use and customize. The UniHome function combines home panels with the main menu, while Huawei’s patent-pending Me Widget better utilizes screen real-estate by combining all the information and functions you need in a single, customizable widget. Emotion UI is also pre-installed with a smartphone housekeeper function to support real-time data traffic tracking, automatic blacklisting and blocking, periodical system cleaning, and spontaneous exiting of idle programs and cache cleanup, in addition to anti-virus, energy saving, privacy protection, software management, and more.

The Ascend P2 will also be available globally around the second quarter of 2013.

*This function is available in selected markets only.

About Huawei Device

As at the end of 2012, Huawei’s products and services are deployed in over 140 countries, serving more than one third of the world’s population. Huawei has also set up more than 20 R&D centers around the world in countries such as the United States, Germany, Sweden, Russia, India, and China. Consumer business is one of Huawei’s three business groups offering a range of products that include mobile phones, mobile broadband devices, home devices, clouds, and consumer chipsets.  With more than 20 years of rich business expertise in the information and communications technology (ICT) sector, an extensive global network, vast global business operations and partners, Huawei Consumer Business Group, through Huawei Device, is dedicated to bringing the latest technology to consumers, offering a world of possibilities and creating extraordinary experiences for people everywhere.

For more information, visit Huawei Device online: www.huaweidevice.com

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. He started HTCsource.com (the first HTC blog) back in 2007 and later joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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  • Pete

    LOL Where does it stop? (Not that I want it to) They just keep getting better and better.
    Price will dictate I should imagine.

  • Raptor

    Three more powerful competitors like these Chinese Huawei, ZTE and Oppo are coming on fat assed braindead domestic tech haters of similar sites run by salespeople.

    • John Patrick

      There must be a coherent thought somewhere in that sentence…but I’m not seeing it.

  • LukeT32

    Do current carrier towers even support LTE 4?

    • CTown

      T-Mobile’s LTE network will be a mix of regular LTE (maxed at 75mbps) and LTE-Advanced, which I guess is this since it maxes out at 150 mbps.

  • Aren

    Can you not even spell check your headlines, let alone the rest of the article? I thought they taught how to use English in journalism school?

    • kazahani

      Give him a break. MWC is going on right now and he’s probably really busy.

      Also, it’s the internet. Most internet bloggers haven’t gone to “journalism school”.

  • gmaninvan

    lol is it me or did they just completely rip off the iOS icons in that video clip. The contacts icon is identical! It is a shame too because their earlier UI’s showed promise.

  • TechWings

    Yep, they better get ready for litigation. I hate when OEMs skin Android to look like iOS. If I wanted an iPhone they already have those. As much as I dislike Sense it doesn’t look like Apple’s leftovers.

  • donger

    Go Huawei, even though their best phones don’t make it stateside.

    • Thomas Biard

      Seriously! I want one pretty bad. They’re one of the top manufacturers in the world and yet we don’t have access to their flagship devices. :(

    • kazahani

      I suspect that the federal government has something to do with this. The DoD put out a consumer warning against purchasing ZTE or Huawei devices due to “privacy and security concerns”. There is actually a lot of evidence that the Chinese government, which owns both companies, funnels all the profits directly into their military.

  • chris2kari

    I’ve had a few of their handsets. Great quality/value for the price but never update..They need to get on the OS updates. Never buying another Android that is not supported with timely updates.

  • Nathan D.

    I’d it really needed? Or the question is do you want it?

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