MWC 2013: Huawei Unveils Ascend P2, World’s Fastest 4G LTE Smartphone [Video]

The Chinese manufacturer Huawei has announced what it says is the fastest smartphone ever, the Ascend P2.

Huawei, Chinese phone manufacturer, has unveiled a handset, and claims that it has the world’s fastest wireless speeds.

The company launched the Ascend P2, a phone that uses LTE category 4 to achieve network speeds up to 150Mbps.

The Huawei Ascend P2 is Huawei’s next step in its mission to advance its Android presence worldwide.

The P2 forms part of Huawei’s effort to move away from being seen as a manufacturer of products for other brands and become a brand power in its own right, writes Wired.

With Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and Huawei’s Emotion UI on top, a quad-core 1.5GHz processor, 13-megapixel camera and a 720p 4.7-inch Gorilla Glass 2 Infinity Edge Display, it joins the likes of the Ascend Mate and D2 in forming the Chinese manufacturer’s smartphone family in 2013.

Huawei also crowed about the P2’s 85-degree viewing angle, 500-nits brightness, Gorilla Glass 2 topper for scratch resistance, and lower power consumption.

What’s more, facial recognition software helps organize photos in the gallery by contact. The camera is backside illuminated for increased low-light performance, and includes HDR mode.

As with Nokia’s Lumia 920, the Ascend P2’s screen is sensitive enough to use with gloves on. As for the decision to go with a 1,280×720-pixel resolution rather than the 1,920×1,280 resolution favored by today’s top phones, Huawei defended it with the claim, “Your eyes can’t identify higher resolution than this.”

Its notable feature is the highest-speed LTE connection seen so far in a smartphone, up to 150Mbps with support for LTE Cat4.

However, as Matt Warman points out, the speed boost for LTE is not that simple in the real world:

“It’s the world’s fastest phone because it can use Huawei’s networking expertise to connect to 4G networks better than its rivals. But networks are already throttling back bandwidth, so it’s a fast in theory rather than actually a product that will make a difference in practice.”

We also got to play with Huawei’s Emotion UI again, which can draw on the 1GB of RAM housed inside. There’s plenty of storage, with 16GB ready to accept your photos and music.

The other side is where the power button belongs, with both the headphone and micro-USB charging port found there.

Huawei’s focusing on battery life here as well, with a 2,420mAH cell powering the Android phone and the promise of consuming 20-percent less power, thanks to the handset’s display technology, writes Engadget.

Succeeding the Huawei Ascend P1, the P2 has a similar look, with sleek, glossy finishes and a white back. While there is a black face and bezel, the screen approaches the edges, giving the display an expansive feel.

Unlike the Huawei Ascend Mate, which has a wider body, the Ascend P2 has a longer, slimmer profile that fits well in one hand. The P2 is a slim 8.6 millimeters thin, though it isn’t the thinnest handset available (and that’s OK by us).

The P2 is expected to go on sale in Europe in the middle of 2013 for 399 euros (roughly $525, £350 plus tax), a Huawei executive told CNET, with U.S. availability limited to online retailers.

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