Huawei had a modest presence this year at MWC, but nevertheless, they had a pretty nice phone to showcase: the Huawei Ascend P2. Announced in February this year, the Ascend P2 is a slim, light smartphone with a 4.7-inch wide display of HD resolutions and 312 PPI density. Aimed for the pretentious sector of the market, the fastest 4G phone alive (as it was claimed by officials), it will have to face big competitors like the LG Optimus G Pro and the Sony Xperia Z.

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From our brief, but compelling experience, we’ve learned that the Huawei Ascend P2 is a slim and light smartphone packed with Android 4.1.2 and upgradeable to 4.2 Jelly Bean. Constructed out of premium materials, the phone felt nice in hand but without comparing with other high-end names, such as the Asus Padfone Infinity. Even more, we were strangely reminded of the feel given by the back of ZTE Open, the cheap Firefox OS packed phone aimed for the lower-end market.

Hands On with the Huawei Ascend P2

The Huawei Ascend P2 will be released in the second quarter of this year with a Corning Gorilla Glass 2-made display that’s capable of rendering content in high-resolution qualities and with a LTE antenna which can gather around 150 MB/s for the downlink. Inside the unit you will find a quad-core Huawei K3V2 processor, clocked at 1.5 GHz frequencies which can pack quite a punch. Moreover, it has a Li-Ion 2420 mAh battery which should be enough for a regular day use.

Expected to hit Europe in the second quarter for 399 euros, the Huawei Ascend P1 has preserved the basic lines of the former generation, while basically upgrading internal components. Inside the matte back finish you can get a hold of 1GB of RAM and 16GB of storage space, more than enough to properly run Huawei’s Emotion UI, which we found to be more than pleasant.

Although the model was rather in a final stage, during our brief time we’ve noticed that in some points, navigation was laggy and with plenty of frames. Emotion UI was mostly easy to use but sometimes confusing. The screen was not of top notch quality, sometimes reflecting back the ambient light of the showroom and all the hardware buttons could have been done from a better material (they were nice to touch, but we’ve seen better).

In a nutshell, the Huawei Ascend P2 gives a mid-tier experience which provides everything that it should, and not a scratch more. Unfortunately, the market houses better models, even at cheaper prices.


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Alex holds an engineering degree in Telecommunications and has been covering technology as a writer since 2009. Customization is his middle name and he doesn’t like to own stock model gadgets. When he’s away from the keyboard, simpler things like hiking, mountain climbing and having a cold drink make his day.