After making a splash at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show, Huawei is planning to take the party to the road. If rumours are to be believed, the company will be updating its W1 Windows Phone handset and will launch two Android smartphones—the mind-boggling octa-core Huawei Ascend P2 and its little brother, the Huawei Ascend P2 Mini.

Gizchina.com apparently got its hands on a couple of blurry pics of the octa-core Ascend P2. The photos show a very clean front with capacitive touch buttons; there are no on-screen buttons to be seen. However a previous leak did indicate that the company would go with on-screen buttons. Perhaps Huawei has managed to make the navigation bar disappear when not needed, like in the Ascend Mate.

The press image that leaked out in January

The press image that leaked out in January

Previous leaks suggested a 5-inch display, but the Ascend P2 is now said to have a 4.7-inch FHD 1080p display, which would match the pixel density of the soon-to-be-announced HTC M7. Other features include 2GB of RAM, a 13 megapixel rear camera and a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera. It is expected to have a large 3000mAh battery, according to rumours. The Huawei Ascend P2 is expected to be launched for a price of around $500, according to Gizchina.

The latest leak showing the homescreen of the Ascend P2

The latest leak showing the homescreen of the Ascend P2

The company has made no secret of its plans to bring an eight-core handset to the market. In fact, if Huawei does release the P2 at Barcelona, it would beat Samsung to the gates as the first one to launch a phone with eight cores. Samsung, as you may have heard, is also planning an octa-core setup for its next-gen Galaxy flagship.

The key specifications of Huawei Ascend P2 are rumoured to be as follows:

  • 4.7-inch IPS display witth 1080p resolution
  • Wi-Fi, WiFi hot spot
  • GPS with A-GPS support
  • Bluetooth, Micro USB port
  • 8/16GB internal storage
  • 13-megapixel rear camera with 1080p video recording, 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera

Earlier, Huawei CEO Richard Yu spoke about his company’s upcoming octa-core processor at CES, which has led to murmurs that the flagship Ascend P2 could be the device to showcase the new chip. An octa-core Ascend P2 would feature an SoC manufactured with ARM’s big.LITTLE processor technology, which employs four Cortex-A7 cores for high-efficiency and four Cortex-A15 cores when the phone really needs that extra power. The phone dynamically switches between the cores, depending on what application or game you are running.

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