Huawei’s 2013 flagship phone, the P2, is official; why does it have 2012 specs?

by: ŠtefanFebruary 24, 2013

P2_anand Image Credit: AnandTech

Huawei has just announced their latest creation, the ultra slim (8.4 mm) Ascend P2. We’re a bit confused by the device since it doesn’t exactly have “bleeding edge” specifications. We’re looking at a quad core 1.5 GHz processor, 1 GB of RAM, 13 megapixel camera, and a massive 2,420 mAh battery. It’ll run Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with version 1.5 of Huawei’s Emotion UI on top.

Here’s where things get weird. The P2 will have a 4.7 inch 720p screen. That’s just … weird. We used to think that the P series was considered a sort of flagship line, but it looks like that’s no longer the case. It’s not as if Huawei doesn’t have a flagship, they announced the Ascend D2 at CES last month, and that thing has a 5 inch 1080p screen. So does that mean the P2 is a “midrange” device?

We need to get some hands-on time with this phone and ask Huawei a few questions, but here’s some more information that’s been made official: The P2 will launch in France by the end of the second quarter (June). It’ll cost 399 EUR, which sounds like a steal, but we have a feeling that Samsung’s Galaxy S3 will come down to 400 EUR during roughly the same time.

Think about it for a second, Samsung is going to announce the GS4 in March, ship it in April, and then they’ll heavily discount the S3 in order to move excess inventory. Hell, Samsung will probably even announce a GS3 Plus in 2014 just to milk the design language a bit further.

This writer hates to sound cynical, but he was expecting a bit more from Huawei. The company needs to step up their design game, they need to stop announcing phones that aren’t going to ship for another four to five months, and they need to figure out a way to make themselves stand out from the other Chinese players like Lenovo and ZTE.

  • Roberto Tomás

    it actually looks a lot better than the galaxy 8 and the asus tablets so far

    • Stefan Constantinescu

      Agree to disagree.

    • I heard there was a problem with A15 chipset

      • Roberto Tomás

        from what I’ve been reading, I’m tempted to think the problem is with the Mali GPUs running too hot.

  • MasterMuffin

    How thin is this? The specs are actually okay if you don’t count the RAM

    • Stefan Constantinescu

      8.4 mm, added that to the article, thanks!

      • MasterMuffin

        But P1 was 6,68″ so the P2 is actually “thick” :O I thought this P series was going to be a series of really thin devices, but I guess no :(

        • Ivan Myring

          Actually the really thin one was the p1s

          • MasterMuffin

            Oh okay, I’ve been misinformed!

  • Sujay Kadrekar

    Quite similar to lg optimus 4x hd

  • sxs

    why does AA always thinks that S3 always has an upper edge as compared to these new phones (P2 or xperia SP) even though the specs are better than S3 and you’ve not tested them yet! (just to remind- you wrote we don’t recommend xperia SP even before testing.. or something like that).
    given that the precessor architecture of these is newer then S3, there will be new extended support (at least for SP), and if similar priced as S3 (and S3 being old), then why not these devices over S3 ??

    Sorry to say but it seems AA is kind of biased towards Samsung.

  • Bone

    The Ascend D2 is Huawei’s 2013 flasghip.


    Lazy job by AndroidAuthority, the site actually made a hands on the 1080p beast.

  • Ivan Myring

    This isn’t the flagship. That is the d2

  • ray01000101010101

    Diamond>Platium, and not the other way around.

  • jordy

    if there’s 1080p phone using snapdragon 800, but use compact 4 inch screen, I’ll still considered it’s a FLAGSHIP.

    flagship doesn’t always mean bigger.