Nowadays ‘Samsung Galaxy’ is a household name and is a well-recognised brand of Android smartphones around the world.
But what about other, lesser-known companies who aim to rival the likes of Samsung and Apple? One such manufacturer is Huawei, whose new Ascend P2 smartphone looks set to give the Galaxy S4 a run for its money.
We’re going to pit them head-to-head to see which comes out on top, and most importantly see whether a brand like Huawei can stand up to the Android leader.
Huawei Ascend P2: 4.7-inches | 1280 x 720 resolution | 312 pixels per inch
Samsung Galaxy S4: 5-inches | 1920 x 1080 resolution | 441 pixels per inch
Whilst the Ascend P2 features a display size that many say is ‘just right’, it’s almost impossible to beat the quality of the S4’s Full HD screen. It offers a sharper resolution which is a real benefit when playing games and watching HD videos. But, the P2 shouldn’t be discounted on this category alone – its display is up there with the iPhone 5’s Retina display in terms of crispness, and being an IPS screen it’s also very bright and easy to view from all angles.
Huawei Ascend P2: Quad-Core Huawei K3V2 1.5GHz | 1GB RAM
Samsung Galaxy S4: Quad-Core Exynos 5 Octa 5410 1.6GHz | 2GB RAM
Just like Samsung, Huawei manufactures its own processors for mobile devices. The K3V2 chip matches Samsung’s Exynos 5 for the number of cores and almost for clock speed, so is very capable when it comes to multitasking, playing the most processor-intensive games and fast camera snapping. However, the S4 takes the win thanks to its 2GB of RAM which lets users switch between apps with no lag whatsoever.
Huawei Ascend P2: 13MP rear camera w/1080p HD video | LED Flash | HDR Video | 1.3MP front camera w/720p HD video
Samsung Galaxy S4: 13MP rear camera w/1080p HD video | LED Flash | Dual Video | 2MP front camera w/1080p HD video
Both phones pack 13 megapixel cameras capable of shooting large, sharp images. They also capture Full HD video, although the P2 has a trick up its sleeve; HDR video. This allows the phone to shoot better quality video in low-light, using dynamic colour contrast to ensure the subject is vivid rather than grainy and dull. Samsung’s S4 boasts a more capable front facing camera that can shoot Full HD video, plus a bunch of innovative features such as Dual Shot.
Huawei Ascend P2: Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, Dual Band Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi Hotspot, Cat4 LTE (150Mbps download, 50Mbps upload)
Samsung Galaxy S4: Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, Dual Band Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi Hotspot, LTE, Infra-red, MHL out, USB OTG
As you would expect, both handsets pack in everything but the kitchen sink when it comes to connectivity. The Galaxy S4 offers more, including an Infrared sensor allowing it to be programmed as a remote for various household gadgets. Huawei on the other hand boasts that the Ascend P2 is the “fastest smartphone in the world”, and this is down to its Cat4 LTE chip which is capable of download speeds of up to 150Mbps, should the network it’s connected to support this.
Huawei Ascend P2: 136.2 x 66.7 x 8.4 mm | 122g
Samsung Galaxy S4: 136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 | 130g
Samsung has done well to squeeze a larger 5-inch display into a similar size frame to the P2, but Huawei’s latest device is a shade lighter, which your pockets will no doubt thank you for. Both handsets fall into the ‘thin’ category, with the S4 just sneaking into the sub-8mm group, helping it to win on form factor.
Huawei Ascend P2: Android 4.1.2 | ‘Emotion 1.6’ User Interface
Samsung Galaxy S4: Android 4.2.2 | TouchWiz User Interface
Both handsets run Google’s Android operating system, with the Galaxy S4 running the very latest software update in the form of 4.2.2. This means you get new features like Android Beam, a redesigned camera app, and the gesture keyboard, to name but a few, so you certainly get more in terms of software with the S4. Huawei and Samsung have both added their own unique features and design flair by skinning their own user interfaces on top.
Whilst the Ascend P2 certainly gives the Galaxy S4 a run for its money – and outshines it in some areas – Samsung’s latest flagship is hard to beat. Nonetheless, the P2 offers incredibly fast mobile browsing speeds, sleek design, a great camera and plenty of processing power. When you then consider that the Ascend P2 costs around £240 less than a Galaxy S4 when buying SIM-free, the P2 becomes a very attractive prospect indeed.
This guest post was written by David West of Gadget Helpline, the UK’s leading technical support group.