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Huawei Ascend P2 video review

The Huawei Ascend P2 is one of the latest devices in a series of premium handsets by the Chinese manufacturer, as the company looks to advance its position in the smartphone market.

Huawei has dubbed the handset the “fastest 4G phone ever” and it seems the firm’s desire to invest in innovation and new ideas is paying off as the flagship is already making waves in the Middle East. This part of the world has a vast potential for brands like Huawei to gain much needed market share before it looks to tackle bigger markets like the US and Europe.

Mark Mitchinson, Vice President of Huawei in the UK and Ireland, spoke of the company’s latest phone: “The Ascend P2 offers exceptional design, power and functionality at the higher end of the market. He went on to add that the device “is built to enable next-generation 4G speeds so users can keep pace with the very latest technologies from their network providers”.

But, what is it about the Ascend P2 that’s so impressive? And will this latest offering be enough to tempt potential users away from Samsung Galaxy S4 deals and other high-end contract phones currently dominating the market, in favour of an alternative yet robust Android experience?

Key features of the Huawei Ascend P2

  • 4.7-inch LCD display
  • 1.5GHz quad-core processor
  • Android Jelly Bean 4.1.2
  • 16GB internal storage
  • 13 megapixel camera
  • 1080p video recording
  • 2,420mAh battery

The Ascend P2 uses Huawei’s own quad-core processor with 1GB of RAM, which is perfect for ensuring everything on the generous 4.7-inch HD display runs seamlessly with no lag, particularly when multitasking or playing demanding games.

Huawei has added its own touch to the Android Jelly Bean software by placing its Emotion UI on top. Emotion comes with a range of different themes to alter the look and texture of the interface and thanks to a clever little feature, users can change the wallpaper simply by shaking the device.

As with many flagship phones these days the company has included a 13 megapixel camera, but unlike many of its rivals, the phone maker has only thrown in a handful of features, giving users the option to edit pictures both during and after an image has been taken. This may not appeal to the more artistic photographers but the native camera on its own produces some impressively crisp results, even in low-light settings, thanks to a HDR mode.

As well as an ample battery Huawei has included some additional features which the firm promises will improve the Ascend P2’s battery life by up to 30%. One such function is the start-up manager which lets users tailor how their handset works by stopping certain apps from launching as soon as the phone is switched on, saving having lots of things running in the background unnecessarily.

What’s more, it’s great to see that Huawei has managed to pack all of these impressive specs into a slender 8.4mm thick frame which weighs a modest 122g.

There’s currently no word from the manufacturer as to when the device will be officially released, but with a London-based event scheduled for 18 June, it’s highly likely that the Ascend P2 will launch then on a number of UK mobile networks.

For now, why not check out our full video review of the Ascend P2 to see all of its features in action.

This guest post was written by Sarah Hazelwood of Dialaphone, the home of all the latest smartphone deals.

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