Huawei, LG Debut Smartphones, Low-Cost Handsets at MWC
BARCELONA, Spain — Huawei officials claim the Ascend P2, with its 1.5GHz quad-core processor and Long Term Evolution (LTE) 4G technology, is the world's fastest smartphone, and there is certainly no shame in trying to draw attention to your product in a sea of smartphone designs and capabilities. In addition to the P2, the company at the show here also displayed its D2 handset, with a screen protected by Corning's Gorilla Glass and a water-resistant design, which Huawei showcased by dunking the phone in a fishbowl. The company also displayed its Ascend Mate smartphone/tablet hybrid, which sports a suitably huge 6.1-inch display and will go head-to-head with Samsung's Galaxy Note II "phablet." The Mate, which first made its debut at the Consumer Electronics Show earlier this year, boasts a radial menu that can be placed anywhere on the phone's screen. While superlatives of imperviousness and speed are notable, LG is trying to run the gamut of markets and price points with the unveiling of four Optimus series devices, including the G and L lines. The flagship model from the G series will target the premium segment, while the L series, which comes in three different models, will be positioned as mass-audience smartphones for the 4G LTE and 3G markets.