Huawei Acend P2

Huawei has just unveiled its latest Android handset, the Ascend P2, at an event held in Barcelona, Spain, and we've had the chance to get our hands on the device.

Succeeding last year's Ascend P1, the P2 brings some substantial changes in both hardware and software. Internally, the P2 now packs a 1.5GHz quad-core processor, and other specs have received customary upgrades too. The phone includes a 4.7-inch, 720p LCD on its front, and a 13-megapixel BSI camera around the back.

Huawei Acend P2

The design, though similar to that of the P1, is slightly curvier, with a glossy finish on the back. The phone is 8.4mm thick -- a good deal thicker than its predecessor, but that's to to acommodate the larger camera module, as well as the hefty 2420mAh battery.

Overall, the P2 has a has a glossy, tacky feel to it, but it's also relatively lightweight for a phone packing this much screen and battery. Like many Huawei offerings, it's a decent-looking handset, if not a remarkable one.

And Huawei was also keen to plug its battery-saving software enhancements in the phone's software, which it says can deliver an up to 30 percent improvement in battery life.

Huawei Acend P2Elsewhere in software, the P2 is running Huawei's Emotion UI, which is the same slightly cartoonish experience we've seen on phones like the D2 and Ascend Mate. If you don't like the stock look and feel, however, Huawei has several skins pre-loaded, and the phone will also allow you to go into DIY mode and customize the UI's appearance.

Huawei's also baked in several management apps into the P2, including "power manager," "traffic manager," "startup manager" and "permission manager." Some of this is re-skinned stock Android stuff, but other apps, like startup manager, is new to the Emotion UI. Also of interest was Huawei's expansion into services, with the Cloud+ ecosystem. This offers cloud storage, cloud backup and cloud sync, as well as a phone finder.

Huawei's keen to expand its product range in high-end smartphones, and the P2 represents a step in this direction, bringing a quad-core device to market with some leading specs and interesting software additions. The Ascend P2 will release in Q2 in Europe and Asia, priced at €399.

Huawei Acend P2