Huawei Ascend P2 Review
Introduction:

Can a mid-range Android handset possibly be the fastest smartphone in existence? Yes, apparently, but there's a catch. Introduced back in February during MWC, the Huawei Ascend P2 is marketed as the fastest LTE phone money can buy, with its support for 150Mbps peak download speeds. That is not the first thing that comes to mind when one picks up the world's “fastest” smartphone, but it is true that the device stands in a league of its own in that respect, at least in theory. That aside, the smartphone is a member of a mid-range category, but has a drool-worthy specs sheet. A quad-core processor powers the Ascend P2, while a 4.7-inch LCD display graces its front and a 13MP camera is embedded in its back. The slim profile and lightweight body are also among the device's main selling points. Is it worth buying, however? Well, that's what we're here to find out!

Huawei Ascend P2 Review
In the box:

  • Wall charger
  • microUSB cable
  • Wired stereo headset with microphone
  • SIM card ejector
  • Warranty, Safety information, Quick start guide



Design:

A minimalist approach to handset design can yield great results, and the Huawei Ascend P2 serves a good example of that. The smartphone looks sleek and elegant, yet professional and unobtrusive, made to appeal visually to members of both genders. Moreover, the Ascend P2 is quite slim and very light for its size, as one instantly notices right after picking the device up.

But while it looks okay, the Huawei Ascend P2 can't impress us with the materials it is made of. The matte black variant that we're reviewing feels too ordinary to the touch, even with a hint of cheapness to it. At least its plastic surface repels fingerprints well.

Huawei Ascend P2

Huawei Ascend P2

Dimensions

5.36 x 2.63 x 0.33 inches

136.2 x 66.7 x 8.4 mm

Weight

4.30 oz (122 g)

Samsung Galaxy S4

Samsung Galaxy S4

Dimensions

5.38 x 2.75 x 0.31 inches

136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm

Weight

4.59 oz (130 g)

Sony Xperia ZL

Sony Xperia ZL

Dimensions

5.18 x 2.75 x 0.39 inches

131.6 x 69.8 x 9.8 mm

Weight

5.33 oz (151 g)

LG Optimus F7

LG Optimus F7

Dimensions

5.19 x 2.69 x 0.38 inches

131.7 x 68.2 x 9.6 mm

Weight

4.7 oz (133 g)

Huawei Ascend P2

Huawei Ascend P2

Dimensions

5.36 x 2.63 x 0.33 inches

136.2 x 66.7 x 8.4 mm

Weight

4.30 oz (122 g)

Samsung Galaxy S4

Samsung Galaxy S4

Dimensions

5.38 x 2.75 x 0.31 inches

136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm

Weight

4.59 oz (130 g)

Sony Xperia ZL

Sony Xperia ZL

Dimensions

5.18 x 2.75 x 0.39 inches

131.6 x 69.8 x 9.8 mm

Weight

5.33 oz (151 g)

LG Optimus F7

LG Optimus F7

Dimensions

5.19 x 2.69 x 0.38 inches

131.7 x 68.2 x 9.6 mm

Weight

4.7 oz (133 g)

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page



The way the Huawei Ascend P2's sides are curved towards the back makes the handset easier to grasp, but the same design feature may potentially prevent the user's fingers from comfortably operating the volume and power buttons placed there. This is by no means a deal breaking issue, but it can't be ignored.

Top - The sides of the Huawei Ascend P2 - Huawei Ascend P2 Review

Top

Bottom - The sides of the Huawei Ascend P2 - Huawei Ascend P2 Review

Bottom

Right - The sides of the Huawei Ascend P2 - Huawei Ascend P2 Review

Right

Left - The sides of the Huawei Ascend P2 - Huawei Ascend P2 Review

Left

The sides of the Huawei Ascend P2


The Huawei Ascend P2 has a trio of capacitive buttons located underneath its display. These are used for navigating through the Android interface, of course, serving as “back”, “home”, and “menu” keys. We find nothing wrong with their placement and reaching any of them is quite easy.

Front - Huawei Ascend P2 Review

Front

Capacitive Android buttons - Huawei Ascend P2 Review

Capacitive Android buttons

Front camera - Huawei Ascend P2 Review

Front camera

Back - Huawei Ascend P2 Review

Back

Rear camera - Huawei Ascend P2 Review

Rear camera

Speaker - Huawei Ascend P2 Review

Speaker



Display:

The beautiful, 4.7-inch LCD touchscreen is among the Ascend P2's strongest assets. It has a resolution of 720 by 1280 pixels, which results in an eye-pleasing pixel density of 315ppi. Details in graphics and images look nice and sharp, while even small text can be read with little effort. Also, colors are well represented, without being over- or undersaturated. And while we find the color temperature accurately calibrated, one is free to adjust it to their own liking via the settings menu.

A neat feature is the so-called Glove Mode, which can be toggled on when needed. Simply put, it makes the screen extra sensitive, allowing one to operate the touchscreen even while wearing gloves.

As long as the sun is not shining straight at it, using the Huawei Ascend P2 outdoors isn't too difficult as its display has a very decent brightness output. The reflectance of its glass surface is also within norms.



FEATURED VIDEO

10 Comments

1. justsayit

Posts: 256; Member since: May 09, 2013

look like optimus g o.O

2. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Looks like any touchscreen phone without curved edges.

3. Raymond_htc

Posts: 430; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

How is that possible for a quad core to get a bench mark score of 2653??? Is there some error?

4. Bioload25

Posts: 213; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

I'm not a huge fan of huawei but that device is pretty good,I see at least 8 on its performance in general, microSD card ausence and video don't justify a loss of 3 points in the rate,because there is memory enough for most of the users and video quality doensnt affect normal users at every day tasks but the buttons location may be an issue...

5. digmarket

Posts: 11; Member since: Aug 23, 2013

Nokia Lumia has its best of features presenting to you Nokia Lumia 720. Compare and Nokia Lumia 720 price and buy Nokia Lumia 720 with best offers at themobilestore.

6. digmarket

Posts: 11; Member since: Aug 23, 2013

Micromax Canvas 4 - Buy Canvas 4 Online at Best Prices in India - Shop Online at The MobileStore. - Free Home Delivery at The MobileStore.in

7. digmarket

Posts: 11; Member since: Aug 23, 2013

Buy Back Samsung Galaxy S4 I9500, white - The Mobile Store: Buy Online at Lowest Prices in India - Mobile Phones, Tablets, Cell Phones, Accessories, Batteries, Bluetooth, Chargers and more.

8. digmarket

Posts: 11; Member since: Aug 23, 2013

Buy Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini i9192 Black Online at Best Price in India. Shop Online at The MobileStore avail 5% cash back offer. Free Home Delivery at The MobileStore.in

9. digmarket

Posts: 11; Member since: Aug 23, 2013

Nokia Lumia has its best of features presenting to you Nokia Lumia 720. Compare and Nokia Lumia 720 price and buy Nokia Lumia 720 with best offers at themobilestore.

10. mirexcool

Posts: 65; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Bought at Aleixspress. Satisfied! s.click.aliexpress.com/e/eMNN7meaq
Ascend P2
  • Display 4.7" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor Huawei K3V2, Quad-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB
  • Battery 2420 mAh(12.78h 3G talk time)

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 https://www.parsintl.com/phonearena or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit https://www.parsintl.com/ for samples and additional information.