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Huawei Ascend P2 debuts on Three in the UK

Three customers could be the first in the country to grab “the world’s fastest 4G LTE smartphone” as the Huawei Ascend P2 goes under the microscope in an official Three video.

The Chinese manufacturer used MWC 2012 to give us “the world’s slimmest smartphone” in the form the Huawei Ascend P1 S, but this year, with the rising availability of 4G across the globe, Huawei has turned its attentions to speed.

The Huawei Ascend P2 is an affordable high-end device with Huawei’s signature ‘infinity pool’ glass design. The front features a 4.7-inch 720p HD LCD panel, whilst the back offers up a 13-megapixel camera connected to a dedicated hardware shutter key on the right-hand side. As the video points out, the camera can handle Full HD video and HDR still photography too.

The predominantly plastic body looks to be of high quality, albeit not quite at Samsung’s standard of mastery over premium looking plastics. Its 8.4mm thickness is particularly impressive when you learn that the Ascend P2 conceals a mammoth 2420mAh battery and a 1.5GHz quad-core processor too.

The focus of the device is as we already mentioned, speed and Huawei says that the Ascend P2 can reach download speeds of up to 150Mbps – the fastest quoted 4G LTE speeds around.

Three’s Brendan Arndt confirmed that at present the Ascend P2 is able to make use of Three’s Ultrafast DC-HSDPA mobile data network and once LTE is active, will hop on there too.

No word directly from Three on the Huawei Ascend P2’s UK availability, but following its initial announcement back in Barcelona, expect Huawei’s new speed demon to arrive sometime before the end of June with a retail price of around £345 to £400.

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