Report: Huawei Ascend P2 won’t have 1080p display

Information about Huawei’s Ascend P2 couldn’t come soon enough. It seems rumors about the phone change by the day, and now the latest one — regarding its display — is perhaps more troubling than anything, depending on who you are. According to Zol, Huawei decided not to put a 4.7 inch 1080p panel inside the Ascend P2 as the company will instead opt for a 720p display. It’s said this decision was made for one of two reasons.

For starters, Huawei believes that particular pixel density — a staggering 468 ppi — is overkill for the human eye at such small display sizes. Secondly, having such high resolution would eat up unnecessary amounts of battery. Those are two very good points, and a friendly reminder that, sometimes, more doesn’t always equal better.

Remember that Huawei’s goal with the P2, as it was with the P1, is to reclaim the world’s thinnest smartphone title. If it has to sacrifice battery life for higher resolution, it would have to throw in a thicker battery to compensate. That compromise would effectively chuck the P2 out of the running for the title that changes hands faster than I can change my underwear.

Even with a lower resolution panel we’re still expecting an impressive device to debut at Mobile World Congress. Other rumored specs include a 1.8GHz quad-core processor that was built in-house, 2GB of RAM, a 13 megapixel camera, 16GB of internal storage, and should come pre-installed with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. We’ll be on our way to Barcelona to get up close and personal with it if Huawei decides to announce it (there’s no reason they won’t) so stay tuned to Phandroid if you’re eager to see how it turns out.

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  • technohead95

    Compromising battery to achieve the world’s thinnest phone is the biggest mistake. Consumers know that smartphones do not have a great battery life so this is at the forefront of people’s minds as they buy new smartphones. Manufacturers should surely know that a poor battery smartphone is not going to do well.

    • No_Nickname90

      Compromising battery? They said “unnecessary amounts”. Meaning they “extra” battery would be because the screen is using it. Meaning the device wouldn’t last any longer than it would now. I don’t get what you’re complaining about?

      • Butters619

        Edit: Thanks to the guy below me for explaining the details.

        It Read Like:
        Basically to achieve thinnest phone they had to throw an already undersized battery in. Had they gone with a 1080p display and wanted to maintain the thinness they would have had to stay with that small battery, which with that display would have given laughably bad battery life.

        So they gimped battery for thinness. Form over functionality.

        • hideeho100isaskinhead

          In case you weren’t aware because of this ignorant author’s inability to report the full specs sheet, the battery is 3,000 MAH @ 720p, far more practical than a 4.7 inch 1080p screen with 2300 MAH.

          • Butters619

            Oh jesus. That is massive. Sorry. I corrected my comment.

        • No_Nickname90

          Wait!! They what the size of the battery would have been? Because I don’t remember reading that. I was assuming the battery would be like a 3000mA to support the resolution. This in turns would use more power meaning the larger battery would be a placebo. Only because the screen would be using more power. So the larger battery isn’t helping.

          I read it as the battery they have now will still give great battery life. I do agree that they should just put a larger battery even though they are using a smaller resolution. People aren’t buying phones because they’re “thin”. I don’t know why manufactures think that. The Evo 4G seems thin to me. I don’t notice any difference in thinness when comparing it to my E4GT. But there’s no point in telling you that. LoL!!

      • technohead95

        Huawei are making it their goal to make this the world thinnest phone. A thinner phone means less room for a bigger battery. Ask a hundred people whether they’d prefer their phone to be thinner or a longer battery life. I bet the vast majority of people will prefer a longer battery life. My complaint is on manufacturers such as Huawei who are fixated on “world’s thinnest blah blah” when no one really wants that! People want longer battery life!!

        • No_Nickname90

          Huh? It’s been noted that this phone will have a 3,000mA battery. This is the “smaller” battery. I can only imagine how long the device would have lasted had it had the battery for the 1080p screen. Hmm… I see what you’re saying and this has now upset me. I want that larger battery!! LoL!!

  • catt4u

    Stay away from any Huawei device because you never receive any updates ever.
    I know because I own one but it never got a update from Android 2.1……

  • aw1974

    With all the spec huers out there, this is a huge mistake.

    • No_Nickname90

      They probably shouldn’t have said that. I can’t wait until this phone comes out. I want to see the look on people’s faces when they see that there is NO noticeable difference. Unless you have Owl eyes. LoL!!

  • No_Nickname90

    This doesn’t bother me. But the phone’s design looks bland. Like a rectangle It doesn’t look like a “cool” rectangle. LoL!!

    What phone manufactures NEED to add is the ability to change your resolution on the fly. I’m surprised that this isn’t implemented. That’s how you’ll satisfy those people that like 1080p even though they don’t need it. Like me. =.3

    A 720 Youtube video looks like a 1080p video, but the video MUST stream in 1080p at all times. =.P

    *Gasp* (‘o’)/ Key Lime Pie will add this feature.

  • Hrethgir

    1080p is just stupid overkill for a phone, I have no problem with them using a 720p display, that’s still more than high enough resolution for such a small screen size.

  • hideeho100

    Who cares about Huawei! They are Chinese thrives.

    • hideeho100

      They are Chinese thieves.

      • hideeho100isaskinhead

        You are also a bit of a retard, don’t see people complaining about that. Idiot.

        • hideeho100

          You buy their device, they will steal your data. The Chinese communists think they have the right to your data, even though you bought the device, because the “Chinese people” built the device. Ever fly into China? The y take your computer, hack it, and steal your data because you are in their country. The Chinese are a bunch of thieves.

  • GregJG

    Don’t speak of things you can’t uphold to