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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.
One of the other tweaks included with the UI is the way in which screen transitions are handled. Unlike stock Android, and most other Android-based handsets, the P2 features a rolling-type motion as you move between different home screens.