By Stephen Schenck | February 24, 2013 4:39 PM
We’ve already gone hands-on with Huawei’s new Ascend P2, just announced at the Mobile World Congress. We mentioned a bunch of the phone’s specs at the time, but with the company’s press release now in-hand, we thought we’d return to the phone in a little more detail.
Like we mentioned, the P2 runs a 1.5GHz quad-core SoC, has a gigabyte of RAM, and is outfitted with 16GB of flash storage. Around back there’s a big thirteen-megapixel camera, just like on the D2, as well as a 1.3-megapixel front-facer. In some markets the P2 will have NFC abilities, but it’s not yet clear just who will see it arrive. The phone has a 2420mAh battery and employs Huawei’s Quick Power Control and Automated Discontinuous Reception technologies to help prolong battery life and speed charges.
Huawei is calling the P2 the world’s fastest smartphone, but it’s not talking about processing power; the P2 supports LTE Cat 4 communications, letting it theoretically operate at download speeds as high as 150Mbps on compatible networks.
We were already disappointed once when the P2 turned out not to have a 1080p screen, but a 4.7-inch 720p display instead – again, not that we don’t think that’s sufficient for a screen that size, but it’s simply not what we had expected. Today we get another blow, as it’s revealed that the P2 will not be quite as super-thin as we were hoping; Huawei had us thinking that it could measure under 6.45 millimeters, beating the Alcatel One Touch Idol Ultra. At 8.4 millimeters it’s still thin, just not crazy-thin.
The Ascend P2 goes up for sale during the second quarter.