Summary: The Huawei Ascend P2 is a worthy and welcome attempt at creating a must-have smartphone, but it's not quite enough to keep up with the leaders of the pack - it's not as pretty as the HTC One or the iPhone 5, and not as powerful and spec-strapped as the Samsung Galaxy S4. And sure, it's a bit cheaper too, but so is last year's HTC One X, and that's a mighty fine mid-range Android smartphone now.
Huawei Ascend P2 hands-on review: possibly the world’s fastest phone
8 March 2014
Conclusion: The Huawei Ascend P2 is a solid mid- to high-end smartphone with some decent features and pleasing array of specs. It doesn’t quite have the build quality of the iPhone 5 or HTC One, nor does it have the same snappiness as the excellent Galaxy S3 and the Emotion UI may not be every Android fan’s cup of tea.
Summary: Premium or mid-range? The Ascend P2 fuses a large screen and a powerful SoC underneath its black plastic casing. It is not quite clear what the device aims to be: Upper mid-range or lower premium sector. Compromises have to be made in some areas. Find out just where in this review.
Pros: Battery runtime, Powerful SoC, Bright screen, LTE ready, Good primary camera, Build quality, The smartphone copes with all demands and provides enough power for all applications.
Cons: Memory cannot be expanded, Too low contrast, Tight working memory capacity, Non-removable battery, Load temperature, The screen would be a real buying argument for the Ascend P2 if it had a Full HD resolution and a higher contrast.
Conclusion: All in all, the Huawei Ascend P2 is an okay mid-range Android smartphone. It is far from being the ultimate device of this class, but it gets the job done and it doesn't have any major drawbacks, save for the inexplicable lack of a microSD card slot. The pretty, 4.7-inch display tops the list of things we like about it, followed by the slim profile and lightweight body, so if these are the features you value the most, then the Ascend P2 won't disappoint.
Pros: Beautiful 720p display, Slim and light, Support for 150Mbps LTE speeds, Rich video file format support
Cons: No microSD card slot for storage expansion, 1080p video looks average at best, Power and volume buttons are a bit uncomfortable to press
Conclusion: The Huawei Ascend P2 is a strange device. It reminds us of Android handsets from 2011; still rough around the edges with smattering of little bugs that you’d only ever really notice as time wore on. That’s a shame considering Huawei is positioning the Ascend P2 as a more affordable LTE handset. If the company had spend a bit more time optimizating and tweaking the software, then it would have had a great mid-range handset on its hands.
Pros: Great screen, Slim, attractive body, Affordable 4G
Conclusion: We’d like to make one additional point – about battery life. With a fixed backplate you can’t swap in a second battery if you’d like to. The 2420mAh battery sounds like it provides plenty of staying power, but the processor and screen are both hungry and we found that we could get a day of use while on 3G, but on 4G you may struggle to achieve that.
Excerpt: The first thing that struck us about the smartphone was its design. We got our mitts on both the black and white Huawei Ascend P1 models, both which had a luxurious feel despite the handset's largely plastic build.
Excerpt: The Huawei Ascend P2 was a device we first spotted back in Barcelona some months ago and, finally, it’s here. Inside there’s some pretty decent specs. Decent? No, that’s not the right word. Very good.