Huawei Ascend P2: Best Super Slim Smartphone in MWC 2013

Succeeding the Huawei Ascend P1, the P2 has a similar tuxedo look, with a sleek, glossy black face that curves along the top and bottom to dip into points that meet the white backing. Huawei credits the infinity pool as inspiration. While there is a slim bezel, the screen approaches the edges, giving the display an expansive feel. There's an all-black version as well.



A taller, more narrow configuration (a slim 8.6 millimeters thin,) the Ascend P2 felt good in the hand. While I love the look of the phone overall, I did notice a little bit of a gappy seam on the back that makes it look cheap. It wasn't just one demo unit, either. I saw the same tiny trough on at least 6 others at Huawei's booth. The phone's volume rocker is fairly flush to the surface, which isn't my favorite profile, but buttons seemed responsive. 

Since the back cover isn't removable, you'll find the SIM card slot on the right spine. There's convenient access, to be sure, but on the other side of the coin, the SIM flap doesn't look as high-end as a slide-in drawer that's also harder to reach.

The P2 runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, with Huawei's Emotion UI on top. It features a 4.7-inch, 720p HD display with a 315-pixel density and promises high contrast for outdoor legibility. Huawei also crowed about the P2's 85-degree viewing angle, 500-nits of screen brightness, Gorilla Glass 2 topper for scratch resistance, and lower power consumption.

As with Nokia's Lumia 920, the Ascend P2's screen is sensitive enough to use with gloves on. As for the decision to go with a 1,280x720-pixel resolution rather than the 1,920x1,280 resolution favored by today's top phones, Huawei defended it with the claim, "Your eyes can't identify higher resolution than this."

In addition to the screen specs, the P2 features a 1.5GHz quad-core processor, and a 13-megapixel camera. Double-clicking the handset's physical camera button takes a shot. What's more, facial recognition software helps organize photos in the gallery by contact. The camera is backside illuminated for increased low-light performance, and includes HDR mode.

Firstly, Huawei made a splash with its Ascend P2, which has a Gorilla Glass 2-protected 4.7-inch 1280 x 720 display. The phone shares the quad-core processor used in the Ascend D2 – the Huawei K3V2 CPU with four cores clocked at 1.5GHz. It runs Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, which is great, but Huawei has laid its Emotion UI 1.6 on top, which is a heavily customised version of the stock UI.
The Ascend P2 is the first in the world to support LTE Cat 4, which means theoretically it can reach download speeds of up to 150Mbps. The camera is a 13 megapixel unit with a BSI sensor and has HDR mode for both stills and video.

The Ascend P2 has a super slim design and Huawei's homegrown quad-core CPU

The Ascend P2 has a super slim design and Huawei's homegrown quad-core CPU



Here’s a quick look at the specs of the device:

  • 4.7-inch IPS HD display with a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels
  • LTE, 3G, EDGE/GPRS, Wi-Fi
  • GPS with GLONASS
  • Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP, NFC
  • 13 megapixel camera with 1080p recording, 1.3 megapixel front camera with 720p recording
  • 16GB internal memory
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The phone is equipped with a 2420 mAh battery and Huawei’s Quick Power Control (QPC) and Automated Discontinuous Reception (ADRX) power-saving technologies, which reportedly reduce power consumption and charging time by more than 25 percent compared to other smartphones.

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