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Huawei Takes It Right Up To Samsung & Apple, With Cheap Super Fast Smartphone

By David Richards | Tuesday | 16/07/2013

Huawei the Chinese brand who was shunned by the Rudd Government has come of age in Australia with Telstra set to range one of their new Android smartphones which has better features than an iPhone and is significantly cheaper in price than a Samsung Galaxy S4.

Consumers who pre order the new Ascend P2 will get a free 10" Android WI FI only tablet from the Chinese manufacturers whose new smartphone has a 1.5 GHz quad-core processor and is the first smartphone to deliver LTE Cat-4 technology, providing an ultrafast web experience.

Telstra said that the new smartphone will be "0" upfront and $60 a month. The BYO price is $508 which is $270 cheaper than an outright purchase of the Samsung Galaxy S4 at Harvey Norman.

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The new Ascend P2 is stylish and in the limited time that we had to play with the device it appeared to be extremely fast.

In the hand the slim device which at only 8.4mm feels comfortable despite the fact that it has an infinity edge 4.7-inch IPS HD in-cell touch display.

When questioned as to how the brand would go up against the marketing might of Samsung executives from the Company said that they are currently investing in a major marketing campaign "one day Chinese brands will be cool" said Huawei Marketing Director Mark Treadwell. "We know that we have a long way to go, Huawei is a powerful and highly successful telecommunications brand what we have to do is communicate that it is a global brand that has inherent strengths".

 "Huawei has always had the ambition of making cutting-edge technology accessible to everyone, and the Ascend P2 is the fastest smartphone we've ever made," Treadwell said.

 "The Ascend P2 is the perfect mix of style and speed, and holds the crown of the Australia's first smartphone using Cat 4 technology."

The Huawei Ascend P2 will be available from July 30 exclusively from Telstra with online pre-orders available from today.  In the past Telstra has shunned the Chinese brand.

Andrew Volard, Telstra Director Device Management was not at today's event however in a press statement issued by Telstra he said "The addition of the Ascend P2 to the Telstra product line up continues our commitment to providing more choice and access to the latest mobile devices for our customers."

The Huawei Ascend P2 runs on the Android 4.1.2 operating system featuring Huawei's own Emotion UI (user interface). Powered by a 2420mAh battery and 1.5 GHz quad-core processor, the Ascend P2 can download HD movies in minutes, and can load online videos, web pages, songs or e-Books in seconds. Huawei's proprietary 'swift sharing' feature allows for fast uploads and downloads in a Wi-Fi environment.

A key feature of the new device is the use of CAT4 technology that is currently being rolled out in Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth.

CAT4 is the next step in 4G LTE device capability. Customers with CAT4 rated devices may experience better speeds, in 4G coverage areas where the network is enabled with 20MHz of contiguous spectrum said Huawei executives.


 The Telstra Mobile Network offers 20MHz of contiguous spectrum across 4G coverage areas in Perth, Adelaide and Brisbane. In these areas, Customers with CAT4 rated devices may experience moderately faster typical 4G speeds.

Tech Specs:


4.7 inch in-cell Display

HD (1280 x 720) resolution

Corning Gorilla Glass 2

Processor & Memory

Hi-Silicon  K3V2 Quad-core 1.5GHz & V7R1  LTE Cat4

1.0GB RAM / 32GB ROM


Mp3, AAC+, Enhanced AAC etc.

3.5" Audio Jack

1080P Video out

30 fps @1080p (MPEG-4/H.263/H.264) decode

30 fps @1080p (MPEG-4/H.263/H.264) encode


13 Mega pixel AF Camera with Flash

1.3 Mega pixel HD front Camera

1080P video recording/1080P video playback

Operating System

AndroidT   Jelly Bean 4.1.2 with Huawei Emotion UI


Wi-Fi b/g/n/ with Wi-Fi Direct


MicroUSB (High Speed USB)



LTE: 1800/2600

UMTS: 850/900/2100


2350 mAh Battery (Typical Value)


136 x 67 x 8.4


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