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Huawei announced its newest smartphone at MWC this morning, the Ascend P2. The P2 is the follow-up to the Ascend P1, which was announced at CES last year.

The P2 is packing a 1.5GHz quad-core processor with 1GB of RAM, a 4.7" 720p display with Gorilla Glass 2 (it also works with gloves, apparently), 13MP rear camera, 2420mAh battery, Android 4.1.2 with Huawei's 'Emotion UI' (I think I just threw up in my mouth a little), and is a mere 8.9mm thin. Frankly, it's not very impressive - this is  decidedly 'high end of the mid-range' hardware. More likely, Huawei's strategy with the phone (in China, at least) will be aggressive pricing. Huawei enjoys a high degree of popularity in its home country, and Southeast Asia generally - markets where the P2 could undercut more expensive premium phones from the likes of Samsung or HTC.

The P series is supposedly about 'fashion,' but really, I've never seen the P1 as an aesthetically strong phone, and the P2 looks largely similar - boring.  According to Huawei, it's also the "world's fastest smartphone" ... because it supports 150Mbps LTE. Right. Huawei took the opportunity to unveil its new product slogan as well (but don't call it a slogan - it's a mantra): 'Make it possible.' And apparently that requires perspiration, among other words. Huawei Consumer Business Group CEO Richard Yu seemed to believe the phone was 'good enough' in many respects, which is... promising?

I wouldn't expect to see much of the P2 in the US, where Huawei's presence has been limited to much cheaper hardware, like the Mercury on Virgin, and the current-gen myTouch handsets on T-Mobile.

Huawei actually had several of the devices out prior to its press conference in a general waiting area, so it doesn't seem like the company was too concerned with keeping it under wraps.

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The Ascend P2 felt surprisingly light, though Huawei's 'Emotion UI' overlay did not - Huawei has gone the way of other Chinese manufacturers in eliminating Android's app drawer, and added in a few other twists of its own. That said, it could be a lot worse - the Ascend P2 performed pretty well in general UI navigation, and I didn't notice any particularly offensive bugs in the few minutes I had with the phone. Hopefully, we'll be bringing a review of the P2 to you some time in the future - it's slated to go on sale in numerous countries in April, with a street price in Europe of 400 Euros.

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Update: Here is an official video from Huawei:

David Ruddock
David's phone is an HTC One. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, imparting a legal perspective on tech news, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • aatifsumar

    Hey that's actually quite decent. Especially the almost 2500mAh battery on a 4.7" screen.

  • kenny

    what did huwaei do to this guy?

    • Josh

      Nothing, he's just a douche as always, regardless of the brand. Lowers the bar so much for this blog I still don't understand why they don't fire his ridiculous and overly opinionated ass.

      • Pallav

        Well, that escalated quickly.

  • ElfirBFG

    If these specs were linked to a Sammy or HTC device, I assume this review would be very different(see: positive). Some of you[AP staff] defend Sense and TouchWiz, but heaven forbid a Chinese marque decides to go with their own UI, which it has altered with its target market in mind.

    The only real fault I can see with this phone, UI preference aside, is the lackluster amount of RAM. I'm unsure of the 'quality' of the QC SoC, but I'm sure that it more than exceeds what my Q42011 TI OMAP can do, and it can do plenty, so I think my assumption is sound.

    As far as looks are concerned, that's personal preference, because I think this phone is infinitely 'prettier' than the GS3 or HTC One variants.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      If HTC or Samsung released a phone with these specifications, I would probably be even harder on them, because I have even higher expectations of them. This phone is absolutely behind the curve. If you like the way it looks, great, but I'd argue strongly that Huawei's phone designs are a lot like Lexuses in the 90's - a bunch of uninspired curves and boring colors.

      This phone would have impressed a year ago. Today? No.

      • SetiroN

        Behind the curve according to what exactly?
        What you fail to understand is that high end phones have an an MSRP that is 50% to 75% (!) higher. Critiques need to be contextualised. The S3 still has an official price of 599€.

        Your "uninspiring and boring" are everyone else's "clean and simple", which compared to the horrible and disgusting mid range phones this is going to be priced against is a huge step forward. Hell, if design has to be inspired regardless of the outcome, you deserve ugly Korean phones "inspired by nature".

        Your OPINIONS are not FACTS, and you should keep them to yourself while being a reporter. Or at least try to be objective, which you usually are not.

        • Guest

          You don't speak for everybody else, you speak only for yourself, and no, this is not what I consider clean and simple.

          If you want articles with 0 opinions, you should steer away from reviews and hands-on articles and follow your own advice, because all you wrote is _your_ opinion, no matter how much you try to pass it as a fact.

          • SetiroN

            Funny how you're telling me that what I write is my opinion and that I should not pass it as a fact, when that's exactly what I was pointing out about the article. What a weird person you are.

            By the way the whole phrase was: "clean and simple compared to the horrible and disgusting mid range phones this is going to be priced against". Which continued the point of not comparing a 400€ phone to 600+€ ones. I guess fairness doesn't hold ground around these parts.

  • sYs

    Decent hardware and looks good. And it has a shutter? That's the way to go!

  • http://www.twitter.com/robertmoreno Robert_M

    Reminds me a lot of my old Samsung Captivate.

  • GazaIan

    Sounds like someone doesn't like Huawei. You know what we do to guys who don't like Huawei...

    Nothing actually. But this really isn't a bad phone, it's rather good considering Huawei's track record, and it will probably be quite low cost as well. No need to be so hard on it, there's more to everything than just spec wars. We're at a point where we're so high up in specs it just doesn't even matter.

  • troph

    Hmm... good specs-- very nice hardware design. Overall looks like a nice phone. My question is, will it pocket dial?