Huawei Ascend P2: Hands-on with the 150Mbps 4G smartphone

Huawei Ascend P2: Hands-on with the 150Mbps 4G smartphone

Summary: Huawei showed off its 4G LTE-equipped Ascend P2 at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. ZDNet spent a little time with it.


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  • The Huawei Ascend P2 is the newest range-topping handset from Chinese manufacturer Huawei.

    Announced at the beginning of Mobile World Congress 2013 in Barcelona, the 4G LTE Ascend P2 is also one of the fastest smartphones in the world, with claimed download speeds of 150Mbps (network willing), according to Huawei.

    Alas, in the crowded arenas of MWC, this was one claim that ZDNet was unable to test. Nonetheless, we did spend a little bit of time playing with the other features of the device to see how it would fare when it hits the market in the second quarter of 2013.

    The handset has a 4.7-inch display (1280 x 720 pixels), just about keeping it within the smartphone category rather than the increasingly popular 'phablet' form factor, and has a quad-core 1.5GHz processor and 1GB RAM to keep things ticking along.

    OS-wise it runs a tweaked version of Android in conjunction with Huawei's own proprietary Emotion UI that groups home panels with the main menu and puts frequently used apps into individual widgets for easier access and more screen real estate — for example, providing quick access to settings and other features via the tools and management widgets (pictured).

  • Clicking the 'tools' widget gives quick access to things like weather, calculator, voice recorder etc. These widgets are also customisable and provide quick access to services and tools.

    Huawei specifically touts how sensitive the screen on the phone is, but a couple of times I did have to prod it more than once to perform an operation.

Topics: Smartphones, Android, Mobility, MWC, Huawei

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  • 720p Is Becoming Commonplace

    What was the high-end last year is now very much midrange and sinking to the bottom. The new high-end is now 1080p. As usual, Android is leading the charge, while competing platforms are still trying to figure out what hit them.

    Are you going to look at the NEC Medias W at some point? Perhaps convertible screens will be the Next Big Thing after 1080p.