Huawei Unveils Ascend P2, the World's Fastest LTE Smartphone

Huawei Unveils Ascend P2, the World's Fastest LTE Smartphone

The Huawei Ascend P2 looks very similar to the Ascend P1.

Huawei today unveiled the Ascend P2, the world’s fastest 4G LTE smartphone. It is the first phone to support LTE  CAT 4 speeds up to 150Mbps. Running on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and its custom Emotion user interface, the Ascend P2 is powered by a quad-core 1.5GHz processor and 1GB RAM.

The Emotion user interface on the Huawei Ascend P2 feels fluid and smooth despite having many customizations.

Physically, the Ascend P2 looks no different from its predecessor, the Ascend P1. The Ascend P2 is clad in a plastic chassis, which doesn’t feel as solid as the recently announced aluminum HTC One. The Ascend P2 is not thinner than the 7.69mm Ascend P1, and measures 8.4mm at its thinnest point so as to accommodate the 13-meapixel rear camera sensor. Nonetheless, the Ascend P2 is still considered slim relative to competing phones such as the LG Nexus 4 (9.1mm).

Comparison shot between the Huawei Ascend P2 and LG Nexus 4. 

The Ascend P2 comes with a bigger display at 4.7-inch and is reinforced with Corning Gorilla Glass 2. Though it’s a minor bump (0.3-inch) in screen size from the Ascend P1, the display is one of the key features of the Ascend P2.

According to Huawei, the Ascend P2 is the first phone in the world to use HD in-cell technology for its display. This helps the Chinese company to build a design that is 30% thinner, have better viewing angles and boasts lower power consumption. 

During our hands-on with the device, we found its screen to be decent although it is quite reflective. Colors are bright and text appears sharp. It’s odd that the Ascend P2 houses a 720p display when the other handset makers are unveiling phones with 1080p displays.

Richard Yu, Huawei's Consumer Business Group CEO demonstrated on stage how the Ascend P2 can still be used with gloves on, thanks to the MagicTouch feature.

Like the Sony Xperia Z, the Ascend P2 sports a 13-megapixel rear camera. Camera shutterbugs will also appreciate the fact that the Ascend P2 is one of the few phones in the market to come with a dedicated camera shutter button, which mimics the user experience on conventional cameras. The rear camera also has a special zoom feature, Super Zoom which is said to give better image quality when you zoom up to two times.

The camera interface is easy to navigate.

Huawei claims that consumers do not need to worry about the battery life in the Ascend P2 as it sports a 2420mAh battery, and has built-in features such as Quick Power Control and Automated Discontinuous Reception to reduce power consumption. The Ascend P2 also charges faster due to the Quick Charge feature, where it supports 2A charge. To find out how this affects the charging time, do read our article where we explore the basics of USB charging on the Apple iPad.

A similar concept found in many recent Android smartphones, you can enable power-saving features on the Huawei Ascend P2 to extend its battery life.

Huawei states that the Ascend P2 will be available globally in Q2 2013. Consumers have two options to choose from: a black and a white model. Its retail price in Europe is stated to be 399EUROS. Below is a table comparing the specs of the Huawei Ascend P2 and the Ascend P1.

The Huawei Ascend P2 is available in two colors: black and white.

Huawei Ascend P2 vs Huawei Ascend P1
Device Ascend P2 Ascend P1
OS Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich
Processor K3V2 quad-core 1.5GHz TI OMAP 4460 dual-core 1.5GHz
Storage 16GB (no memory card slot)  4GB internal memory (with microSD support up to 32GB)
Display 4.7-inch IPS 4.3-inch Super AMOLED
Resolution 1280 x 720 pixels 960 x 540 pixels

Rear: 13MP BSI

Front: 1.3MP

Rear: 8MP BSI

Front: 1.3MP

Battery Capacity 2420mAh 1670mAh


136 x 67 x 8.4mm / 122g 

Non- LTE: 129 x 64.8 x 7.69mm / 130g

LTE: 132.5 x 65.4 x 9.9mm / 135g

Launch Price 399EUROS S$648


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