Chinese mobile manufacturer Huawei has just unveiled its new flagship smartphone, the Ascend P2. The first thing you notice about the device is that it’s very slim, having only 8.4 mm. However, that’s just the only characteristic that’s appealing. When it comes hardware, Huawei’s Ascend P2 is not as impressive as the company previously announced. The handset includes a quad-core CPU clocked at 1.5Ghz, 1 GB of RAM, a massive 2,420 mAh battery, and a 13MP rea-facing camera. The operating system will be Android 4.1 Jelly Bean that comes along with the Huawei Emotion UI, version 1.5.
OK, so the Ascend P2 has a 4.7-inch 720p display, which is strange because the company announced it as a flagship. It looks like the P2 is more like a mid-range device because with that screen there is no way it can beat the competition. Plus, Huawei launched the Ascend D2 at CES 2013, device which looks more like a high-end handset than the P2, having a 1080 display. I don’t know what’s the company’s strategy, but it’s very confusing.
Of course, maybe the company has some surprises for us. Perhaps, the Ascend P2 will come with some mind-blowing features, but I doubt it. Moving forward, there is more information about Huawei’s smartphone. The Chinese company said that the device will be firstly released in France sometime in June and it will have a price tag of €399, which sounds like a lot considering what it has to offer. However, rumor has it that Samsung will launch its Galaxy S4 at a price that will be around €400, but we’re talking about a real flagship here.
So, Samsung is expected to announce the Galaxy S4 on March 14th, which means that it will probably start shipping in April. Of course, the Samsung Galaxy S3 will be put on sale, so I don’t see why people should buy the Huawei Ascend P2 instead of a Galaxy S3 on discount.
The conclusion is that the Ascend P2 should have sported a better display. Overall, the company has to bring its A game if it wants to survive in the mobile market. Plus, it’s very disappointing to see a smartphone announced today and find out it’s going to be available in four months. In other words, Huawei needs to prove that it is better than the other Chinese manufacturers namely ZTE and Lenovo.