MWC 2013: Huawei launches 'world's fastest' Ascend P2 with Cat 4 LTE

MWC 2013: Huawei launches 'world's fastest' Ascend P2 with Cat 4 LTEWe've already written a lot about the Huawei Ascend P2. A lot. So we'll jump straight in and report that it's finally, officially, genuinely with us.

And it's not the near-see-through skinny waif some were expecting, but that hasn't stopped Huawei from getting excited. You see, it's not the thinnest phone in the world, it's the fastest.

How so, you ask? That would be down to its LTE Cat 4 compatibility, which makes possible download speeds of up to 150Mbps. That's seriously fast, and should make the Ascend P2 a popular choice on 4G once it launches in Q2 for €399 (£350).

As expected, the 4.7in screen size sees a step-down from the headline-grabbing full HD resolution to 720p on an iPS panel – Huawei reckons we won't know the difference anyway. That display is topped with Gorilla Glass, and the whole thing comes in at just 8.4mm thick.

No it's not the thinnest around, but it's still pretty skinny – can't we all be grown-ups and say that's good enough?

On the inside that speedy LTE Cat 4 compatibility is coupled to a quad-core 1.5GHz processor, though it's supported by just 1GB of RAM. Storage is pegged at 16GB.

Huawei isn't really known for its cameras, but we've heard good things about the Ascend P2's 13MP snapper, plus you get a 1.3MP front-facing camera for making high-octane 4G video calls.

The battery capacity seems up to the task at 2,420mAh, while Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is topped by Huawei's Emotion UI 1.5.

All told, a decent mid-tier 4G offering that will probably attract a fair few potential suitors if it's one of the options when the 4G free-for-all kicks off in the UK in the summer.

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JanSt / MOD  Feb. 24, 2013 at 21:25

Stupid place for the camera. Say hi to the finger throwing a shadow....
Other than that?


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