MWC 2013: Huawei Ascend P2 given early unveiling

With MWC attendees only just settling in to their new Catalan surroundings, Chinese manufacturer Huawei has laid down an early gauntlet for this year’s event, today unveiling the rumoured Ascend P2 smartphone.

With the mobile tradeshow not officially beginning until tomorrow, Huawei has sought to get all eyes on its devices from the very outset and the successor to the Ascend P1 arrives with some promising specifications.

Billed as the “world’s fastest smartphone,” Huawei is touting download speeds of up to 150Mbps thanks to its LTE Cat 4 status and 1.5Ghz quad-core processor. The Ascend P2 sports a 4.7in IPS HD display with Corning Gorilla Glass, a 13-megapixel rear camera and 1.3-megapixel front facing shooter, runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with Huawei’s Emoticon UI 1.5, and is powered by a 2420 mAh battery.

Available in either black or white and measuring just 8.4mm thick, the Huawei Ascend P2 will be available globally in Q2 costing 399 Euros (around £345), the company has confirmed.

“Ascend P2 is the perfect combination of elegance and power, and further proof that there’s no need to compromise when desiring a perfect smartphone,” extols Huawei CEO Richard Yu. “It is evidence of the outstanding smartphone experiences and great technology that we are committed to bringing to consumers globally.”

Huawei has also announced a new branding initiative called “Make it Possible,” as the manufacturer looks to ally growing profits with increased recognition for its products globally. Much of the firm’s success thus far has relied on its native Asian market, and attempts to penetrate Western sectors have been hampered by repeated accusations of being a security threat and releasing exploitable networking products. In the US particularly, much distrust abounds from its close connections to the Chinese government.

Despite Huawei’s limelight-stealing early launch, Mozilla will be striving to divert the attention its own way this evening, as the software group prepares to officially launch its Firefox OS. ITProPortal will be attending the event here in the Barcelona, so keep in touch with our MWC hub for news on that and everything else over the coming week.