Huawei shows fastest smartphone

Huawei's new smartphone "Ascend P2" at a press conference in Barcelona. (Josep Lago, AFP)
Huawei's new smartphone "Ascend P2" at a press conference in Barcelona. (Josep Lago, AFP)

Barcelona - Huawei, a Chinese company that recently became the world's third-largest maker of smartphones, has a new flagship model that it calls "the fastest smartphone in the world".

The company says the device supports faster download speeds than other phones, but today's wireless networks aren't equipped to supply those speeds.

The Ascend P2 has a 4.7 inch screen and runs Google's Android software. Huawei says it will be available in the April to June time frame for about $525 without a contract.

Huawei Technologies was the world's third largest seller of smartphones in the fourth quarter, according to research firm IDC. That's despite selling very few phones in the US, where the big phone companies mostly ignore it.

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