Much like HTC before it, Huawei is relatively quickly going from nameless overseas manufacturing partner to nearly a top-tier brand in the smartphone vertical, with fully-loaded handsets like the upcoming Ascend P2 drawing interest far beyond its domestic borders. Expected to debut at next month’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the wafer-thin P1 followup promises to pack a quad-core processor, full 1080p HD display at only 4.5 inches, 2GB of RAM, and a 13-megapixel camera — plus a generous 3000mAh battery for power.
Shipping with Jelly Bean 4.x, P2′s one shortcoming — at least from a marketing perspective — may be its rumored 1.8GHz quad-core CPU, which although based on modern ARM architecture, is a homegrown design lacking the panache of a Tegra or Snapdragon. Still, assuming that performance is adequate, the use of in-house silicon should benefit consumers looking for top-of-the-line hardware on a budget.
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