Blistering transfer speeds aside, the 4.7-inch P2 has the kind of specs that puts it amongst high mid-range smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini, the HTC One Mini and the oldie, but still great Samsung Galaxy S3. Having sewn up the ‘world's slimmest smartphone’ accolade courtesy of the Huawei Ascend P6, is the P2 a worthy contender?
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The P2's predominantly plastic body stays true to the roots of the Ascent P range. It's not curvaceous like the S4, it prefers defined edges and a more angular look. The back has a rough, almost sandpapery-feel to it that might that help the handset stay put, but also feels mildly irritating against the skin. It’s a largely uninspiring design, so if you are looking for HTC One sleekness, prepare for disappointment.
Up top is the headphone jack and micro USB charging port. On the left is the volume rocker. Over on the right is the on/off button and Micro SIM card slot guarded by a small flap. Further down is the dedicated camera button and around the back is the 13-megapixel main camera and speaker. The back is not removable, so that battery is going nowhere.
The P2's 4.7-inch, 720 x 1,280 screen matches the P6 and is protected by second generation Corning Gorilla Glass. It claims a maximum 500 nits brightness rating, 1,000:1 contrast ratio, while the 312 pixels-per-inch puts it just behind the iPhone 5 in terms of clarity levels, which is more than good enough.
The display reacts well to presses, swipes, and gestures like pinch and zoom. There's even a 'Gloves' mode to increase responsiveness, which works very well. It’s a great display and one that matches the HTC Mini One, which set a new standard for mid-range phones.