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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.
The handset itself felt pretty well built and on the light side of things, although Huawei didn't say exactly what it weighs.
At just 8.4mm thin it certainly is thin enough too, coming in 0.1mm thinner than the rival ZTE Grand Memo.
Huawei has also matched the Grand Memo's megapixel count in the camera on the rear of the device, which has a 13-megapixel sensor with HDR.
On the side of the phone there's a dedicated camera shutter button: press it once to open the camera and press it again to take a picture.
There's also a 1.3-megapixel camera on the front of the handset too, for video calling and photos.
The Ascend P2 is due to go on sale in France on the Orange network in June, but no pricing or specific availability for other countries has been announced.
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