Hands-On: Huawei Finally Made The Ascend P2 Official [MWC 2013]

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mwc2013bug-coaBARCELONA, MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS — The Huawei Ascend P2 has appeared in a number of leaked photos in previous weeks, but at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona today, the device finally got its official unveiling. I got my mitts on the device as soon as I spotted it, and I was instantly impressed. Here’s why.

At just 122 grams, Ascend P2 is incredibly light — when I first picked it up I had to double-check it wasn’t a dummy phone. It’s also pretty thin at 8.4mm. There’s nothing particularly special about the handset’s design, however — apart from its display, it’s made entirely of plastic.

But the Ascend P2 is pretty terrific on the inside. It’s 4.7-inch 720p display looks terrific, while its 1.5GHz quad-core processor — which is made by Huawei — and 1GB of RAM made every app and feature I played with super smooth and responsive. It’s no wonder Huawei says it’s the “world’s fastest smartphone.”

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On the back of the Ascend P2, there’s a 13-megapixel camera — which records 1080p HDR video, and a 1.3-megapixel camera on the front. The device has LTE connectivity, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, and a 2,420 mAh battery.

While it may not have a 1080p display and an eight-core processor, the Ascend P2 is an impressive Android smartphone — the most impressive I’ve seen announced at MWC so far.

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