Huawei is a Chinese company that recently became the world’s third-largest maker of smartphones. They became the largest telecommunications equipment maker in the world after overtaking Ericsson in 2012, and they now claim to have a smartphone model that is “the fastest in the world.”
It’s called the Ascend P2 and it will be available in April or June for $525 without a contract. The company claims that the device, with a 4.7 inch screen, supports faster download speeds (150 Mbps) than other phones. However, today’s wireless networks aren’t currently equipped to handle those speeds. It uses Google Inc.’s Android software.
The Ascend P2 follows the release of the Ascend P1 and has 1.5GH quad-core processor, a 13-megapixel front-facing camera and facial recognition software for photo organization. It also comes with 16GB of internal storage and 1GB RAM.
Big phone companies in the United States, despite the fact that 91.4 million Americans own a smartphone, relatively ignore Huawei as a company. Still, Huawei was able to maintain its status as the world’s third largest seller of smartphones in the fourth quarter, according to the International Data Corporation.
Samsung and Apple are the leading companies of smartphone production in the United States and Android was the most widely used smartphone operating system as of November, 2012.