At one of the first keynotes of Mobile World Congress, Huawei today announced the launch of the successor to its popular Ascend P1 Android smartphone — the Ascend P2.

The Ascend P2 has a 4.7-inch (1280 x 720) display, 1.5 GHz K3V2 quad-core processor (which Huawei says is the fastest processor on the market right now), 13-megapixel BSI camera (1.3-megapixel HD front-facing camera), 1GB RAM, NFC and a 2420mAh battery. The handset is just 8.4mm thick.

Bringing the whole device together is Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, with Hauwei’s custom user interface – Emotion UI.

We managed to get a hands-on with the Ascend P2, and have embedded them in a gallery below for your viewing pleasure:

t Hands on with Huaweis new Android flagship: the Ascend P2Is this going to take on the likes of Samsung and HTC? Probably not, but the Chinese smartphone maker has set its sights on strengthening its smartphone division, helping it emerge from behind the business-to-business curtain and provide consumers with a cost-effective smartphone choice.

You can expect the Ascend P2 to hit in the second quarter, targeted at European markets, priced at €399. It will be available in the US but not via carriers. Instead, you’ll need to buy directly online.