Hands-on with Huawei Ascend P2
Huawei announced their latest handset, the Ascend P2 at a press event in Barcelona today- just a day ahead of the Mobile Word Congress show. The Ascend P2 is a fairly decent Smartphone in it's own regards but not one to compete with the higher-end handsets such as the recently released HTC One and Sony Xperia Z. I believe that the super phone from Huawei will make an appearance around summer as Huawei's CEO Mr. Richard Yu stated that they will be creating a disruption with their next phone scheduled for the middle of the year.
Nevertheless, the Ascend P2 does feature some interesting specs such as a quad core CPU, a 13 megapixel camera with third generation back light sensor and a 4.7" HD screen that is 30% thinner because which can be attributed to the in-cell technology. The Ascend P2 is also the first phone is the world that works on LTE Cat4 which can provide a theoretical download speed of 150Mbps. Huawei is leveraging their strength as a network infrastructure provider to not only bring the first phone that supports LTE Cat4 but also support Automated Discontinuous Reception (ADRX) that consumes 20% less power for network connectivity. Add to that a 2420mAh battery and and a 2 Amps charging technology, the Ascend P2 should last longer and charge quickly.
The unit were on display at the launch and we got a chance to play around with one. The build quality is pretty decent and the narrow form factor is certainly easier to hold comfortably. Huawei likes to call the design Infinity Edge Display- a name inspired by infinity pools at hotels. The UI is an update of Huawei's Emotion UI bringing in multiple themes that users can select from that change everything- from icons to wallpapers and even the lock screen.