Huawei Ascend P2 announced with a slim body and large battery

Huawei Ascend P2 announced with a slim body and large battery
Just as rumored, the Huawei Ascend P2 will have a major selling point being one of the thinnest big-screen handsets out there at 8.4 mm only. Powered by a 1.5 GHz K3V2 quad-core processor, the Ascend P2 features a sufficiently large 4.7" HD 720p screen, eschewing the Full HD trend of late, which is hardly a big deal.

The display specs are otherwise decent: 500 nits brightness, viewing angle of 85 degrees, 315 ppi, covering 71% of the standard NTSC color gamut and with 1000:1 contrast ratio.

The other notable features are 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal memory, a 13 MP camera on the back capable of Full HD HDR video, and a largish 2420 mAh battery, making you wonder how did they fit such a module in the anorexic body of the Ascend P2. 

The handset also comes with a homebrew LTE radio capable of going up to the blazing 150 Mbps download speeds - if your network provider can supply them, that is. 

Ascend P2 runs Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean with Huawei's own Emotion UI on top, which features Flipboard-style navigation. The phone will be available globally from the second quarter in all EU, starting at the very reasonable €399 SIM-free, which is about $525.

Barcelona, Spain, February 24, 2013:

 Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, today introduced the HUAWEI Ascend P2, the world’s fastest smartphone, at the 2013 Mobile World Congress (MWC). The Ascend P2 features a 1.5 GHz quad-core processor and LTE Cat 4 providing an ultrafast web experience with download speeds of up to 150 Mbps. Continuing the fashion legacy of the Ascend P-series, it is only 8.4mm slim with an infinity edge 4.7-inch IPS HD in-cell touch display with second-generation Corning® Gorilla® Glass, and will be available in black and white.

“Ascend P2 is the perfect combination of elegance and power, and further proof that there’s no need to compromise when desiring a perfect smartphone. It is evidence of the outstanding smartphone experiences and great technology that we are committed to bringing to consumers globally,” said Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group.

The HUAWEI Ascend P2 will be on sale in France through Orange in June 2013.

“We’re pleased to be working with Huawei again to enable our customers to have easier and faster access to all their favorite content,” said Yves Maitre, Senior Vice President, Mobile Multimedia & Devices, Orange. “We are impressed by the design and look forward to putting the Ascend P2 into the hands of consumers as soon as possible.”

“The technological capabilities of the HUAWEI Ascend P2 will enable our customers to have the fastest access to all their content, with speeds up to 150 Mbps on our brand new 4G network,” said Florence Paour, Device Marketing Director, Orange France.

The HUAWEI Ascend P2 runs on the Android 4.1 operating system, with Huawei’s own Emotion UI 1.5. Powered by a 2420 mAh battery and 1.5 GHz quad-core processor, the Ascend P2 downloads HD movies in minutes, and loads online videos, web pages, songs or e-Books in seconds. Huawei’s proprietary ‘swift sharing’ supports uploads and downloads two to three times faster than other smartphones in a Wi-Fi environment. With its NFC module*, Ascend P2 enables e-payments and can act as an electronic ticket. Huawei's unique Quick Power Control (QPC) and Automated Discontinuous Reception (ADRX) power-saving technologies, reduces power consumption by 30% and charging time by more than 25% compared to other smartphones.

Continuing the fashion focus of Huawei’s Ascend P smartphones, HUAWEI Ascend P2 evokes the image of an infinity pool with its seamless, elegant design and curvy contours. Using in-cell technology, its LCD 4.7-inch IPS HD touchscreen is an impressive 8.4mm slim. Its ‘magic touch’ feature provides enhanced screen responsiveness even with gloves, and instant keyword translation and Wikipedia searches can now be done on a single window with ‘smart reading’. The screen also calibrates its brightness automatically under any light conditions, allowing users to perform any function, under any light.

The HUAWEI Ascend P2 provides optimal photo and video features including a 13 MP BSI rear-facing camera with HDR, and a 1.3 MP front-facing camera to support self-portrait and video shooting. A dedicated camera key on the side of the phone also allows instant access to picture taking, click once for the camera to be activated and another time to take the shot. With Huawei’s advanced camera algorithm, high-definition images can be captured even in backlit conditions. Auto adjustment modes further enable Ascend P2 to produce photos that rival professional cameras.

The Huawei Emotion UI*, available on the Ascend P2 is easy to use and customize. The UniHome function combines home panels with the main menu, while Huawei’s patent-pending Me Widget better utilizes screen real-estate by combining all the information and functions you need in a single, customizable widget. Emotion UI is also pre-installed with a smartphone housekeeper function to support real-time data traffic tracking, automatic blacklisting and blocking, periodical system cleaning, and spontaneous exiting of idle programs and cache cleanup, in addition to anti-virus, energy saving, privacy protection, software management, and more. 

The Ascend P2 will also be available globally around the second quarter of 2013.

*This function is available in selected markets only.

Related phones

Ascend P2
  • Display 4.7 inches
    1280 x 720 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP (Single camera)
    1.3 MP front
  • Hardware Huawei K3V2, 1GB RAM
  • Storage 16GB,
  • Battery 2420 mAh
  • OS Android 4.1.2
    Huawei Emotion UI



13. redcloudsk

Posts: 9; Member since: Oct 12, 2012

Once again Chinese company made in China.... NEVER~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

12. siluro

Posts: 46; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Oppo Find 5 is cheaper... $500 Also Oppo comes with the 1080p 5" display, 8.9mm thickness (just barely thicker), 2500mAh battery, 2GB ram, and otherwise comparable specs. Not too impressed at that price point.

7. rgxVOiD

Posts: 440; Member since: Aug 30, 2012

"the thinnest big-screen handsets out there at 8.4 mm..... large 4.7" HD 720p screen" did phonearena somehow forgot about the Xperia Z?

8. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

"One of the thinnest," but nice excuse to keep pushing the Xperia Z. It's because of people like you that we can't go one article without people like you jamming the Xperia Z down our throats! =)

9. g2a5b0e unregistered

It's funny how leaving out a few words can change the entire meaning of a phrase.

16. rgxVOiD

Posts: 440; Member since: Aug 30, 2012

Wow, I can't edit my own comment? anyway, it was stated that it's 8.4 in the beginning, they got that wrong and i wasn't playing attention

10. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Maybe you should read correctly before commenting. We've heard enough of the Xperia Z; 2012 technology in 2013. Sure, it's thin and IP57 certified, but other than that it's nothing special; it's actually pretty lack-luster

15. rgxVOiD

Posts: 440; Member since: Aug 30, 2012

No, its 8.4, phonearena got that wrong in the first place, they've edited the info now

17. rgxVOiD

Posts: 440; Member since: Aug 30, 2012

4. Ale749

Posts: 13; Member since: Dec 26, 2012

The design of Huawei's devices are always really boring and ugly

11. tashreef

Posts: 476; Member since: Nov 24, 2012

yeh..of curse ..but much better than the ugly and boring SG series...

3. dakalter

Posts: 5; Member since: Jan 09, 2013

you guys got some specs wrong. its a 2420 mah battery and only 1 gig of ram

2. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Not bad Huawei, not bad.

1. baza58

Posts: 19; Member since: Jul 30, 2012

Very nice battery for 8,4 thickness. Learn HTC, Samsung, etc

5. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Galaxy s4 rumored specs - 7.6mm thick, 2600mah battery

6. MrKoles

Posts: 368; Member since: Jan 20, 2013


14. 90ninjas unregistered

The difference in 100-so mah is miniscule..

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