[MWC 2013] Huawei has been known for their affordable offerings, but it looks like the Chinese company has been stepping up their game lately and come 2013, they have announced their new flagship smartphone, the Huawei Ascend P2. The Ascend P2 has been making its rounds on the internet for quite a while, showing up in leaked photos and what not, but we guess we can now put those aside as the device has been made official.
The Huawei Ascend P2 sports a 4.7” 1280×720 HD Corning Gorilla Glass 2 display which we can’t help but feel is a little odd for a flagship device, especially considering that Huawei’s Android competitors such as HTC and Sony already have flagship phones with Full HD 1080p displays. Then again this could be a way to cut costs, but we can’t be 100% sure. It also comes with a feature called “Magic Touch” which allows the user to interact with the phone even with gloves on.
Moving on, the Ascend P2 will also come with a 1.5GHz quad-core processor under the hood, although we can’t tell if Huawei will be using their own chipset or if they will be relying on other chipset manufacturers, such as Qualcomm. The device will also come with a 13MP camera which seems to be all the rage these days in flagship devices, a 1.2MP front-facing camera, and will run Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean out of the box. Huawei will also introduce their own custom UI called “Emotion UI” overlaying the Android operating system.
The phone will also come with 1GB of RAM and 16GB internal storage. Huawei also claims that the Ascend P2 will be the first smartphone in the world that can support LTE Cat-4, meaning you could theoretically get speeds up to 150Mbps. This will be carrier dependent so not everyone will be able to take advantage of those speeds just yet. Other specs include NFC connectivity along with a 2,420mAh battery that supports 2-amp charging, making the Ascend P2 long lasting in terms of battery, but it should charge quicker as well.
Measuring 8.4mm thin and available in either black or white, the Huawei Ascend P2 is expected to be available globally Q2 2013 and will be priced around €399 (~$526). We expect that price could vary from region to region, especially in the US where it could be offered for much less on contract. So, anyone planning on picking up the Ascend P2 for themselves?