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 Ascend P2
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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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