Last year, the brand turned heads with the Huawei Ascend P1. It had a responsive touchscreen with no lag or sluggishness, a fast processor and a hi-res display although the budget build quality left a lot to be desired. Things have moved on since, but has Huawei kept up?
Huawei Ascend P2: Size & build
The 4.7-inch display means this isn't the smallest phone on sale but it's pretty compact for its screen, measuring 136 x 67 x 8.4mm, and weighing a highly manageable 122g. It has curved edges, which are comfortable and the glossy finish feels good, too. The styling isn't that exciting but it's decent enough.
Huawei Ascend P2: Features
There's a 13MP camera here, though we didn't get to test this in detail. Launching it seemed a little slow, though this may have been down to prototype issues, and there's a hardware shutter button as well. There are camera effects and filters available, too.
Huawei Ascend P2: Screen
The display on the P1 was relatively impressive at 256ppi, but this is a 1280 x 720 screen, which means there are 315ppi. Not quite the Retina Display of the iPhone 5 then and a long way from the 443ppi of the new HTC One, but still attractive and sharp. Huawei's Android interface can look a little basic, but not unattractive.
Huawei Ascend P2: Performance
Huawei's speed claim isn't about the processor, though it's a quad-core 1.5GHz chip so no slouch. No, the world's fastest bit refers to the modem which can download at speeds of 150Mbps.
Huawei Ascend P2: Battery
Obvioulsy we didn't have time to test out the battery life in full, but the 2420 mAh cell is certainly a promising start.
Huawei Ascend P2: Verdict
Huawei is good at delivering strong, affordable handsets with good design and great screens. This is no exception and will be a great mid-range phone though the smartphone stakes are high now with powerful and punchy phones being released from every manufacturer.
Huawei Ascend P2 review: Hands-on
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