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MWC: Huawei takes on HTC One with Ascend P2 superphone

24 Feb 2013
MWC Huawei Ascend P2 smartphone

BARCELONA: Chinese firm Huawei has kicked off the 2013 Mobile World Congress (MWC) tradeshow with the announcement of its new Ascend P2 smartphone.

Huawei devices chief executive of consumer, Richard Yu claimed the device is the fastest 4G smartphone on the market.

"Last year we launched the first Huawei top-end smartphone the P1, today we're announcing its successor the P2. This is the world's fastest smartphone," said Yu.

The phone was capable of lightening fast downloads thanks to its Cat 4 LTE processor.

"How is it fast? Well it has 150Mbit/s data speed. This is the only Cat 4 smartphone in the whole industry."

The P2 will be available on Orange and Vodafone and there is currently no word on EE, though its predecessor the P1 runs on the latter network, meaning the P2 probably will.

In terms of raw specs the P2 will run Google's Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean operating system overlaid with Huawei's custom Emotion 1.6 UI.

It comes with 16GB storage, 1GB of RAM and be powered by a powerful 1.5GHz quad-core processor, putting it in the same top-end league as the forthcoming HTC One.

The P2 will also boast a 13MP rear camera, beefy 2,420mAh battery and 4.7in 1280x720 315ppi HD screen.

The screen will house "Magic Touch" screen technology that lets users use the screen while wearing gloves. Huawei's also confirmed the P2 will be NFC enabled.

The P2 is set for release in the second quarter of 2013 for €399.

Check back with V3 later for a hands on with P2.

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Alastair Stevenson

Alastair has worked as a reporter covering security and mobile issues at V3 since March 2012. Before entering the field of journalism Alastair had worked in numerous industries as both a freelance copy writer and artist.

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