Announced back in January at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and again on display in February at the Mobile World Congress, the Huawei Ascend P1 is finally hitting a broader market after it was initially launched in China. Coming to Europe now, the Ascend P1 was the world's slimmest Android smartphone - when announced. Running on Android 4.0.3/Ice Cream Sandwich, the P1 is sporting a rather unusual CPU since it's powered by a TI OMAP Cortext-A9 CPU at 1.5 GHz and a SGX 540 graphic processor. Similar phones are typically running a Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU. Also unusual are the supported GSM and UMTS bands. The Ascend P1 is featuring quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE and it's one of the few Android smartphones which supports pentaband UMTS/HSPA+/HSUPA at 800/900/1700/1900/2100 MHz, making it a real word-traveler.
Not on board yet is LTE but Huawei said the LTE version is expected to be launched later this year. Quite typical for such a high-end smartphone are WiFi b/g/n and Bluetooth 3.0 as well as the Android typical extras like aGPS, the proximity sensor, digital compass and the FM radio.
The Ascend P1 features a 4.3" Super AMOLED Corning Gorilla Glass protected QHD (960 x 540 pixel) capacitive touchscreen and comes with a 8 megapixel BSI autofocus camera with dual flash LED which allows to record 1080p HD videos. The front-facing camera supports 1.3 megapxiel and allows to record 720p HD videos. The P1 has 1 GB of RAM and 4 GB of ROM which can be expanded with microSD memory cards up to 32 GB. On the top, next to the 3.5 mm stereo headset jack, is the MHL-HDMI compatible micro USB port located.
At a size of only 129 x 64.8 x 7.69 mm, the P1 weights 110 g including the now increased 1.800 mAh battery. According to Huawei, the battery is good enough for at least one day of heavy use, thanks to Huawei's own power efficiency management software.
The Huawei Ascend P1 will be available in Matt Black, Ceramic White and Metallic Red. While the white version has a kind of glossy finish, the black and and pink version have a kind of soft-touch finishing. The Ascend P1 is hitting Germany and Europe within the next weeks and the suggested retail price without a contract is 449 Euro.
Cheers ~ Arne