Huawei reveals the Ascend P2 at MWC

Huawei has unveiled the "world's fastest 4G LTE smartphone" in the form of the Ascend P2 at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona

 

The first phone out of the blocks at Mobile World Congress is the world's fastest, according to Chinese manufacturer Huawei which revealed the Ascend P2 handset at the show.

The phone is the first to launch with the category 4 class of LTE, letting it push past the 100Mbps limit reached by the likes of the category 3 iPhone 5 or Samsung Galaxy S3, and hit browsing speeds of up to 150Mbps.

It uses a 1.5GHz quad-core processor and boasts a 4.7-inch IPS HD Gorilla Glass screen with Andrid 4.1 overskinned with Huawei's own Emotion UI.

There's NFC built-in and the Chinese company has built in power-saving software that can, it says, reduce power consumption by 30 per cent and drop charge time by 25 per cent.

The chassis is 8.4mm thin and features a rear-facing 13MP camera, with a front-facing 1.3MP snapper also available for video calls and Snapchat sessions.

“Ascend P2 is theperfect 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 phone itself is going to be with us in the second quarter of 2013 and will be heading to France first, where it will be available on Orange. Neither a UK release date or a price point has yet been confirmed, but we'll update as soon as we know more. In the meantime, check out our T3 MWC hub for all the latest mobile news from the show.

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