The Huawei Ascend P2 will be the successor to last year’s extremely slim Ascend P1, and the Chinese company is expected to unveil it in just a few days, during Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
We’ve showed you the official press images almost one month ago, and we also found out that it could be dustproof and waterproof. We also know that it’s going to be insanely thin, likely less than 6.45 mm, and that as a consequence of that it may grab the title of ‘world’s thinnest smartphone’, if only just for a little while.
However, over time we’ve heard a few contradictory reports about its screen. Both in terms of size as well as resolution. So will the P2 come with a 4.5-inch 1080p panel with yet-unheard of pixel density? Or a 5-inch 1080p unit?
Well, neither. At least that’s according to Huawei’s mobile division head honcho Richard Yu, who’s been (as usual) active over on Sina Weibo, the so called ‘Chinese Twitter’. He says that Full HD resolution on a mobile display that’s smaller than 5 inches simply makes no sense, because, while the ppi achieved would be insane, the human eye wouldn’t be able to positively tell the difference between that and a 720p panel. Furthermore, a higher-resolution display will consume more power and thus decrease battery life.
For these reasons, he says his company chose a 4.7-inch 720p screen for the upcoming Ascend P2 – at least according to Zol. The P2 will apparently use an in-cell display, a la the iPhone 5.
This will undoubtedly help obtain that record-breaking thinness, which may also be a reason for the display ‘downgrade’. Fitting a 1080p screen in there may have just made the P2 too expensive, considering how hard Huawei likely had to work to make it so thin in the first place. And putting a battery-guzzling display in would have forced the company to up the battery’s capacity as well, unless it wanted to have to deal with bad battery life. And a higher capacity battery would have led to a thicker phone – which clearly would have been a big no-no for the Ascend P2. After all, the P series is supposed to be about extra-thin handsets.
So the Ascend D2 with its 1080p touchscreen shall remain the undisputed king in Huawei’s lineup for this year. At least there will be no confusion about which device is more high-end.