Huawei Ascend P2 hands-on

Huawei Ascend P2 hands-on
Huawei Ascend P2 is a direct heir of last year's P1, and a very slim one at that. The body is plastic overall, but is feathery light, and, as mentioned, has a very meager waistline, clocking in at 8.4mm. 

We are greeted with a 4.7" HD 720p screen at the front, which looks very bright and has decent viewing angles, so we don't really miss the trendy Full HD flagship resolutions this season. Its ‘Magic Touch’ feature provides screen responsiveness even with gloves, similar to the Lumia 920. The screen specs are quite decent as well: 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 phone, which comes in black and white versions, sports glossy back, which we found to be a fingerprint magnet during our brief encounter with the device, and the keys around it feel a bit flimsy, yet sport matte surface, unlike the glossy back. There is a dedicated two-stage shutter key, which you don't get to see often on Android phones these days and comes in very handy for quick snaps.

The phone is powered by Huawei's homebrew 1.5 GHz quad-core K3V2 SoC, which the company claims to be the "fastest" again, as it has a 150 Mbps LTE radio inside. Memorywise we have 1 GB of RAM, as well as 16 GB of internal storage. There is also a high-res 13 MP camera on the back, capable of Full HD 1080p HDR video, so we are guessing a Sony sensor. Huawei mentioned this is the thinnest they could make the phone with this camera sensor module.

Huawei has managed to outfit the slender P2 with a 2420 mAh battery, which doesn't have official talk and playback times yet, but should be plenty. 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.

Ascend P2 runs Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean with Huawei's own Emotion UI on top, which now features Flipboard-style navigation on the homescreen/main menu combo called UniHome, which aims to simplify your interaction with the handset. We found it quite novel hence a bit confusing, yet it moved briskly without a hint of lag.

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



7. belovedson

Posts: 1061; Member since: Nov 30, 2010

i am impartial to anything related to china and their government. i am surprised that huawei is operating in these shores. am i the only voice in this?

5. N-fanboy

Posts: 543; Member since: Jan 12, 2013

Is it just me or the front of the phone looks like the lumia 920 and the UI looks kinda like iOs**t.

6. cloud_atlas1991

Posts: 62; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Nope, more like Oppo Find 5 and the UI kind of looks like the default icons for GO Launcher Ex.

4. MistB

Posts: 581; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Let me see, 1GB of RAM, 2420 MAH battery when 3,000 was quoted, Android 4.1.2 when 4.2 was originally promised and a form factor fitting for 2011, I don't see the selling point at all. Where's the innovation that was supposed to put CES showings to shame? Not seeing anything here.

2. cloud_atlas1991

Posts: 62; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

HTC One looks slimmer than this. Even the P1 looks sexier than this.

1. a961009

Posts: 120; Member since: Aug 04, 2011

Design is great but UI is... epic fail!

3. darryl12132

Posts: 22; Member since: Jul 29, 2012

I agree. I like the Design but the UI could be improved

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit for samples and additional information.
FCC OKs Cingular's purchase of AT&T Wireless