Huawei reveals 'fastest smartphone in the world'

Feb 24, 2013 by Peter Svensson
This undated product image provided by Huawei, shows the Chinese company's new flagship model that it calls "the fastest smartphone in the world."The company said Sunday, Feb. 24, 2012, the device supports faster download speeds than other phones, but today's wireless networks aren't equipped to supply those speeds. (AP Photo/Huawei)

Huawei, a Chinese company that recently became the world's third-largest maker of smartphones, calls its new flagship product "the fastest smartphone in the world" and wants to use it to expand global awareness of its brand.

Parts of the presentation of the phone at a press conference Sunday in Barcelona, Spain, suggest that the company has some way to go in polishing its pitch for a global audience.

Richard Yu, head of Huawei's group said the new phone can be programmed to display more than 100 different "themes," or looks. This is important because "ladies like flowers, colorful things," Yu said.

Yu also said Huawei is learning from Apple how to make 's Android software easier to use, a lawsuit-friendly utterance considering that Apple is on a global campaign to sue makers of phones for copying from the .

The new phone, the Ascend P2, will have a 4.7 inch screen. Yu said it will be available in the April to June time frame for about $525 without a contract. It's the "fastest" because it supports faster than other phones. However, today's wireless networks aren't equipped to supply those speeds.

A man holds Huawei's new smartphone, Ascend P2, after a press conference in Barcelona on February 24, 2013. Huawei said it can achieve speeds of 150 Mbps, fast enough to download a two-hour high-definition movie in less than five minutes.

Huawei Technologies Ltd. was the world's third largest seller of smartphones, after Samsung and Apple, in the fourth quarter of last year, according to research firm IDC. That's despite selling very few phones in the U.S., where the big phone companies mostly ignore it. It has a much better position in Europe, where cellphone companies have embraced its network equipment, and France's Orange is committed to selling the phone.

In the U.S., a congressional panel recommended in October that phone carriers avoid doing business with Huawei or its smaller Chinese rival, ZTE Corp., for fear that its network equipment could contain "back doors" that enable access to communications from outside. The rejected the report as false and an effort to block Chinese companies from the U.S. market.

Meanwhile, a report by a private U.S. cybersecurity firm concluded recently that a special unit of China's military is responsible for sustained cyberespionage against U.S. companies and government agencies. China has denied involvement in the attacks in which massive amounts of data and corporate trade secrets, likely worth hundreds of millions of dollars, were stolen.

"It has not been an easy journey for us," Huawei's global brand director, Amy Lou, said Sunday of the company's quest to become globally recognized and trusted. She called the company "a great consumer brand in the making."

The world's largest cellphone trade show, Mobile World Congress, opens Monday in Barcelona.

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FrankHerbertWhines
2.2 / 5 (10) Feb 24, 2013
unfortunately the phone contains Chinese government mandated spyware......never ever buy one.
Jeweller
4 / 5 (4) Feb 24, 2013
I don't believe that.
GuruShabu
1 / 5 (5) Feb 24, 2013
Jeweller, I don't believe too.
antonima
3 / 5 (2) Feb 24, 2013
What a bigoted article.

"Meanwhile, a report by a private U.S. cybersecurity firm concluded recently that a special unit of China's military is responsible for sustained cyberespionage against U.S. companies and government agencies. China has denied involvement in the attacks in which massive amounts of data and corporate trade secrets, likely worth hundreds of millions of dollars, were stolen."

This is completely irrelevant to an article about a fast smartphone.
VendicarE
3.7 / 5 (3) Feb 25, 2013
I'm not sure if I would want an Ameircan phone with their NSA mandated spyware installed.

America has murdered far more people than China has since the American state came to be.

If you want security, complete Open Source is the only way to go. Both for phones and for a desktop OS.

atomsk
2 / 5 (4) Feb 25, 2013
Oh, so it can download faster..
I'm disappointed. I was expecting wind tunnel test results.