The Ascend P2 is a high-quality smartphone entry from Huawei, which is trying to expand its position in the industry.
Huawei has been slowly ramping up the quality and capabilities of its smartphones. The Ascend P2 announced this week in Barcelona shows promising progress from the Chinese phone maker. Taking a page from competitors, Huawei will make the the Ascend P2 its flagship smartphone for most of 2013. It packed the P2 with as many class-leading features as it could. The phone features an elegant and pixel-rich 4.7-inch display with 1280 x 720 pixels. The display may not be full HD, but the smaller size and pixel count work well together to deliver a screen that is bright, sharp and colorful. Under the hood, a 1.5-GHz quad-core processor with 1 GB of RAM provides the P2 with power. Other key features include a 13-megapixel camera, 16 GB of built-in storage, microSD card support and LTE Category 4. This last point is notable, as it means the device could support cellular data downloads of 150 Mbps.
Huawei was quick to point out how it is differentiating from the competition. As you might suspect, that comes mainly from the software. For example, the device has a 2,420 mAh battery that is governed by custom software to maximize battery life. The P2 also includes Huawei's customer user interface, which it calls "Emotion." In the time I spent using the P2 in Barcelona, the P2 impressed me with its thin-and-light form factor, speedy user interface and excellent display.