Another Android smartphone has arrived on the shores of Asia, as the Huawei Ascend P2 phone has landed in Singapore, going on sale today under the SingTel banner.
Huawei claims that the Ascend P2 is the world’s fastest smartphone, citing its hi-silicon K3V2 and quad-core 1.5 GHz processor as evidence. It boasts speeds of up to 150 mbps on a 4G network, all theoretical of course.
SingTel has started selling the Huawei Ascend P2 with a subscription to one of its plans. The retail price starts from S$198 (US$158) on Singtel’s Flexi Lite plan – which has a monthly subscription of S$39.90 (US$31.90) with an allowance of 2GB worth of local data.
Huawei’s Ascend P2 is equipped with a 4.7-inch HD display and running version 4.1 (Jelly Bean) of Google’s popular mobile operating system. It was unveiled in February and landed on UK shores a few days ago.
Apple phones had once reigned in Singapore, boosting the usage of the iOS operating system. However, a Reuters report early this year cites statistics from gs.statcounter.com as showing that Apple’s share of mobile devices in Singapore declined sharply over last year. From a peak of 72 percent in January 2012, Apple’s share fell to 50 percent in January 2013. Meanwhile, the market share for Android devies climbed to 43 percent, up from 20 percent in the same month last year.
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