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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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