Published: February 25, 2013 11:50 AM
By Axel Mendy
Translated by: Catherine Barraclough
P2
Ahead of the Mobile World Congress, which opens in Barcelona today, Huawei has presented a new top-of-the-range Ascend P2 smartphone.

Chinese phone-maker Huawei was one of the first manufacturers to present a new handset for this year's MWC. And Huawei isn't doing things by halves, as the Ascend P2 is the firm's new flagship smartphone.



Huawei is billing the Ascend P2 as "the world's fastest 4G LTE smartphone". It runs on a 1.5 Ghz quad-core processor, is 8.4 mm thick and boasts a 4.7" Gorilla Glass 2 IPS HD screen with 720 x 1280 pixels. The display also integrates Magic Touch technology which means it can be used when wearing gloves.

The Ascend P2 uses high-speed Category 4 LTE data networking, which promises downloads at up to 150 Mbit/s. It uses a 2420 mAh battery and has NFC support. Huawei has also loaded the P2 with its home-grown QPC and ADRX technology which promises improved power efficiency while making charging up to 25% faster than "competitors".

There's a 13-Meagapixel camera and a 1.3-Megapixel front-facing webcam for video chat. The P2 is due to ship with Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) with Huawei's Emotion UI 1.5 interface, bringing a contact manager, a blacklist function, an anti-virus, a data traffic tracker and more.

The Ascend P2 will be sold alongside the Ascend Mate, presented at CES 2013, in Huawei's high-end smartphone line. Both models are no doubt aimed at rivalling the ever-dominant Samsung in the market for high-performance Android smartphones.

The Ascend P2 will be available in black or white in Q2 2013 and is expected to be priced at around £350. 

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