Huawei has officially announced the Huawei Ascend P2, laying claim to it being the “world’s fastest smartphone” in the process at MWC 2013 today. Running on a quad-core 1.5GHz processor, the Huawei Ascend P2 delivers 4G LTE connectivity to boot, ensuring that you remain on the cutting edge of things - at least for now.
The Huawei Ascend P2 will continue to resemble that of the Ascend P-series in terms of design, where it measures a mere 8.4mm in thickness, sportin an infinity edge, glove-friendly 4.7-inch IPS HD in-cell touch display that has been reinforced with second-generation Corning Gorilla Glass, coming in both black and white color choices.
What kind of goodies can you expect to find underneath the hood of the Ascend P2? For starters, there is Android 4.1 Jelly Bean as the operating system of choice, with Huawei’s very own Emotion 1.5 user interface running atop of it, and there is a rather beefy 2,420 mAh battery to keep things going for the entire day even for a power user.
Connectivity options, other than 4G LTE, include NFC and Wi-Fi, where the former will turn your Ascend P2 into a mobile wallet as it takes advantages of e-payments and functions as an electronic ticket. Huawei claims that their special Quick Power Control (QPC) and Automated Discontinuous Reception (ADRX) power-saving technologies will do their bit to reduce power consumption and charging time by over a quarter compared to other smartphones in its class.
Multimedia options are aplenty, where there is a 13-megapixel BSI (backside illumination) rear-facing camera with High Definition recording capability, a 1.3-megapixel front-facing shooter, a dedicated camera key on the side of the phone so that you need not fumble touching the screen on the other side in an attempt to shoot your own photo.
The only place where it was announced to go on sale at the MWC press conference was in France later this June, with Orange as the mobile carrier of choice. Other than that, we do know that the Huawei Ascend P2 will be available globally by the third quarter of the year. Oh yeah, at the end of the press conference, it is said to cost 399 Euros - unlocked. Will the specs be able to hold out by then? Surely it might lose its crown as the 'world's fastest smartphone' by then.