Home Your IT Mobility Huawei Ascend P2 – the fastest 4G phone in Australia

Huawei has released in the past two weeks, the world’s thinnest phone, the P6, and now the fastest, the P2. From 30 July, Telstra will sell the P2 on a $60, 2-year plan with $0 upfront or outright for $504. The first 500 customers to pre-order at Telstra will also receive a 10” Huawei Android tablet.

Telstra 4G category 4 is the newest, fastest version capable of data download of up to 150Mbps (Cat 3 devices are up to 100Mbps). You may never achieve that, and  the Cat 4 network at present is only in parts of Perth, Adelaide, and Brisbane, but there is an element of future proofing in this handset.

First, why would you buy a Huawei handset – is it not a tier 2 Asian brand?

As I understand, it is the world’s largest handset maker (127 million units in 2012), fourth in global smart phone sales, a significant network equipment provider (to telcos and in the enterprise space) and its handsets are designed in Europe by a team headed by an ex-Nokia designers.

To counter claims about quality, and to get economies of scale Foxconn - assembler of the Apple iPhone 5 - also assembles Huawei’s products to the same standards. Anyone knocking Huawei is doing so based on previous build quality, not the 2013 product range.

Result: Huawei are no longer a cheap Chinese manufacturer but an end-to-end designer. Its products compare very well with Apple, Samsung, LG, and Sony and it is determined to capture market share.

The P2 specifications are creditable – not too over the top, just right for the market, and a two-year contract with Telstra, especially where product life cycle in measured in months.

Specifications:

  • 4G cat 4 up to 150 Mbps with a suitable network connection. 2G and 3G for voice
  • 4.7”, 16:9, 1280x720, IPS, 312 ppi, LCD, Corning Gorilla Glass 2, in-cell 2 layer design, glove compatible touch
  • 1GB ram and 32GB storage (no microSD slot)
  • USB 2.0, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS/GLONASS, FM radio, Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass.
  • 1.5GHz quad core ARM based, Huawei made K3V2 CPU
  • 13MP, 4032x3224 pixel, LED flash, rear camera and many software smart controls. 1.3MP, 720p front camera
  • 2,240 mAH battery
  • 122 g, 8.4mm thick

Huawei wants you to have a better Android experience and provides a deeply embedded ‘emotion user interface’ V1.5. What this means is that it must issue Android updates, and neither Telstra nor it, have given any commitments to same – not a huge issue for a plan-based phone.

The phone will be a success simply because telcos' control about 80% of Australian handset sales. This well-priced, fully featured phone has just enough design to appeal to a first buyer market.

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Ray Shaw

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Ray Shaw ray@im.com.au  has a passion for IT ever since building his first computer in 1980. He is a qualified journalist, hosted a consumer IT based radio program on ABC radio for 10 years, has developed world leading software for the events industry and is smart enough to no longer own a retail computer store!

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