Preview: Huawei Ascend P2

The Huawei Ascend P2 is marketed as the "world's fastest 4G LTE smartphone".

The Huawei Ascend P2 is marketed as the "world's fastest 4G LTE smartphone".

The claim comes from its LTE Cat 4 specification, which theoretically supports download speeds of up to 150Mbps. However, it requires your mobile network to come to the party.

In Australia, Telstra claims it will be releasing Cat 4 devices on its network "later this year" so the feature is likely to eventually become the norm.

The Huawei Ascend P2 is just 8.4mm slim and weighs a very light 122g, which is quite notable for a phone with a large 4.7in screen.

The light weight is achieved by an all-plastic design and a case that's fully sealed. Unfortunately, the phone has a non-removable battery and no microSD card slot, so the on-board 16GB of storage can't be expanded.

The Ascend P2 has a 4.7in IPS display with a 720p resolution of 1280x720 rather than a full HD resolution. The pixel density of 312ppi isn't a negative by any means but can't match newer rivals like the HTC One and the Sony Xperia Z.

The Huawei Ascend P2 is powered by a 1.5GHz quad-core processor, has 1GB of RAM and comes with a 13-megapixel camera that doubles as a full HD video recorder. There's also a front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera for video calls and a dedicated, physical camera button.

Huawei will initially ship the Ascend P2 with the Android 4.1 operating system but the phone comes with the company's own Emotion UI 1.5 overlay on top. Features include a 'UniHome' function that combines home screens with the app drawer, a new customisable 'Me Widget' and a housekeeper app that will track data usage, exit idle programs and offer energy saving functions.

Other features of the Huawei Ascend P2 include a 2420 mAh battery that promises up to 310 hours of standby time and built-in NFC connectivity.

Huawei says Australian release details "will be announced at a later date". The Ascend P2 will be available in black and white variants, and will first be sold in France through the Orange network in June.

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