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Thanks to EE's 4G launch at the beginning of November, quite a few smartphones are being rereleased offering 4G compatibility. First off the block was HTC's One XL, and now Huawei has given a 4G upgrade to the Ascend P1 – here called the Ascend P1 LTE 4G. But Huawei has done more than just amend the 4G offering, having refreshed the design and given the handset a far more solid feel. Put it in your hand and you'll feel that the Huawei P1 LTE 4G is quite a solid handset, which feels like it might well survive if dropped. It's a little weightier than its predecessor, and a bit more chunky, although it will still slip into a pocket. The only small downside is that the top of the handset sticks out quite a way above the display. In fact, looking at it more closely, the P1 LTE 4G actually looks more like Huawei's Honour phone, with its rounded corners. Only the fact that it doesn't have a search key sitting below the screen gives its identity away. You'll find the volume and power keys sitting on the left edge, while the back cover can be easily pried off to get to the SIM card slot, Micro SD memory card slot and battery.
In a recent bid to boost its image in the UK, ever-ambitious Chinese telecom brand, Huawei, has released the mid-high-end Ascend P1, a thin Android phone (Ice Cream Sandwich) with a 4.3-inch display and 960 x 540 resolution, a 1.5 GHz processor, 1 GB of RAM and an 8-Megapixel camera sensor. Is the Ascend P1 a worthy buy? Answers and more in today's smartphone review. The ultra-thin (7.7 mm, just less than the Motorola Razr), lightweight Ascend P1 has a sober, minimalist body with soft-touch matte black coating that feels nice in your hand. The non-removable back is fixed to the rest of the body, so like many smartphones today you can't get to the battery. The SIM card goes in the slot at the top of the handset and the microSD card goes in on the side edge. The top-notch finishing gives you the sense that you're holding a solid, reliable smartphone. The 4.3-inch Super AMOLED screen with 960 x 540 resolution (again, like the Razr) makes for a gorgeous display with 256 dpi pixel density. As always on Super AMOLED screens, the contrast is excellent (it's "infinite", in other words, very very deep) and the brightness level is decent, just about average on today's market.
The Ascend P1 is the first of Huawei's high-power Android models to hit the UK, offering a large 4.3" display, coupled with a dual-core processor running at 1.5GHz, with front and rear cameras, DLNA support and full 1080p video capture abilities. The most exciting thing about the P1 is its OS, which gives us an oddly rare chance to use a version of Android 4.0 on a phone that's unskinned and free from troublesome meddling by the manufacturers. There are several Huawei interface skin options within the P1, but you'd be mad not to use the untouched Android 4.0 option. In fact, that's one of the key reasons to buy the thing. Buying guide20 best mobile phones in the world todayPrices are a little up in the air at the moment, but it would appear the Ascend P1 is likely to go on sale for around 340 unlocked, with Vodafone offering it on contracts from 26 a month. These aren't really the sort of super-budget prices we've come to expect from Huawei, maker of the Ascend G 300, the current sub-100 smartphone of choice. Can the P1 justify a price tag that's asking for three times' as much money as its capable cousin?
Huawei is a Chinese manufacturer that has gradually been making itself known in the UK. Winning ‘Best Value Phone' awards with its Ascend G300, the next launch from the company, the Huawei Honour has generated some excitement. The Huawei Ascend P1 is inching out of the budget bracket and towards the top end priced as it is at over 350 (26 per month on contract). For that money though you'll get lots of good features and an excellent performance. Slim and thin best describes the build of the Ascend P1. It measures 7.69mm, but is hefty enough to get a good grip on it. You might not expect the handset to be robust, given the thinness, and the plasticky, glossy finish doesn't inspire confidence either. However, in use it felt solid and sturdy. SIM cards and microSD cards slide into slots down the side of the phone. With Micro USB and earphone ports, plus the usual power plug and volume controls, you might expect the case to feel crowded. Surprisingly, everything is spaced out enough that it doesn't. The Ascend P1 in black is standard, and while it definitely isn't a looker, it's not the most unattractive phone we've seen either.
The Huawei Ascend P1 was originally shown off at CES in Las Vegas back in January, but it's taken its sweet time to make it to our shelves. We were originally impressed by this super-slim chap as it was among the first wave of smart phones offering the then top-of-the-range Android Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) software.With ICS becoming commonplace in most new handsets and a more recent version of Android having been released, can the P1 still engender the same excitement?It's available to pre-order SIM-free for around £370 or it can be yours for nothing on Vodafone contracts from August, starting at £26 per month.If you've ever held an iPhone and thought to yourself, "Wow, this is just a shade too fat for me," then you might feel a little more comfortable with the P1. At 7.6mm thick, it's slimmer than most mobiles on the market -- the iPhone's girth measures 9mm and the Samsung Galaxy S3 is 8.6mm. Of course, whether you'd ever actually notice that millimetre difference -- and whether you'd even care -- is up for debate. It is strikingly skinny, but for me, it's probably at the limit of how slim I'd want a phone to be. Anything smaller and it runs the risk of feeling weak and vulnerable.
The Huawei Ascend P1 is one of the headliners in the company's growing Android portfolio. But the Chinese don't just grow droids, they refine them. The Ascend P1 isn't even the best they have, but it sends a clear message that Huawei means business. The big-screened smartphone boasts a 7.7mm thin chassis with enough tech inside to go after some of the big names in the game. The Ascend P1 is one of the slimmest droids out there and the P1 S version will be a full millimeter thinner. Undoubtedly the 4.3" qHD Super AMOLED screen (as seen on the Motorola RAZR XT910 and the HTC One S) helped achieve the marvelously slim waistline. The computing power comes courtesy of a dual-core 1.5GHz processor and PowerVR SGX540 graphics, which is more than enough to keep the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS chugging along smoothly. You can get quickly acquainted with the Ascend P1 through our lists of features and disadvantages below. The 8MP camera of the Huawei Ascend P1 can shoot 1080p videos but it knows other tricks too and will be stepping on Samsung's and HTC's toes.
Huawei who? That's the question many English-speaking smartphone buyers might ask upon reading the company's logo. While Motorola, Nokia, RIM, Apple, HTC, and Samsung have each risen to prominence as premium handset manufacturers, Huawei is still relatively unknown, but the Chinese firm is dead set on changing that as soon as history will allow. Last year, Huawei's Ascend became one of the first smartphones to bring quality below the $100 price point, and now it's shooting for the stars: the Ascend P1 S might just be the world's slimmest handset at 6.68mm thick, and the Ascend D Quad has a home-baked processor that rips through benchmarks. If first impressions are important to you, though, you'll want to pay close attention to what we're reviewing today: the Huawei Ascend P1, a thicker version of the P1 S that's first out of the gate. It won't set speeds and feeds records like its forthcoming cousins, but a dual-core 1.5GHz processor running Android 4.0 on a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED screen is nothing to sneeze at last we checked. Besides, how many smartphones let you turn off their manufacturer's potentially annoying UI at the press of a button? Read on. Hardware / design What a difference a couple of years make.
HTC, Samsung, and... Huawei? I won't get ahead of myself, but if the Ascend P1 is any indication, that's the position Huawei is gunning for. We first saw the P1, and its even slimmer sister the P1 S, back at CES in January. Since then, not a whole lot has changed in the smartphone world. We've seen some wonderful new devices from HTC (the HTC One S ($199.99, 4.5 stars), HTC One X ($199.99, 4.5 stars), and the HTC EVO 4G LTE ($199.99, 4 stars), and Samsung's Galaxy S III looms imposingly on the horizon. But the door is open for another high-end contender, and the Huawei Ascend P1 is it. Sort of. Let me make this clear: You probably shouldn't buy the P1. At anywhere from $500 to $800, it'll cost you an arm and a leg, and it isn't optimized for use in the U.S. But that doesn't negate the P1's striking design and excellent performance. It's also one of the few devices out there to ship with the latest version of Android, 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). So while you shouldn't get the P1, you also shouldn't count Huawei out from becoming a top-tier player in the Android world in the near future. Availability, Design, and Call QualityFirst things first: The P1 test phone we received from Huawei is customized for the Chinese market. That means there are a number of Chinese language apps, and it's missing all of the Google-related apps you'd expect from an Android phone. According to Huawei, there will be an overseas version in English customized for all English-speaking countries, and it will come pre-installed with all of the Google apps.
Learn how to pronounce Huawei ("Wa - way"), since the company not only got its foot in the door of the smartphone business, but is intent on ripping it off the hinges and becoming one of the best value for money Android manufacturers out there.The Huawei Ascend P1 was the first element in this strategy that was announced at CES before the quad-core monsters we handled at MWC, and just as the company promised it is on our dissection table in the beginning of the summer.It won't be much of a dissection since the unibody design of the phone sports a sealed battery compartment, but the Ascend P1 delivers on every other mid-range front. It has a fast dual-core processor, 8MP cam capable of 1080p video and large qHD AMOLED display.Did we mention it is compact and stylish with a catchy two-tone design? It is, but what if we bite and get it only to discover the Ascend P1 is overpromising and underdelivering like a presidential candidate? Fret not, we dove in for you, so read on our review to find out...Very thin is the right way to describe the Huawei Ascend P1, even if we count the “humps” at the bottom and around the camera module. Another recent handset that leaves a similar experience in the hand is the Panasonic Eluga, since the P1 is also very light at just 3.88oz (110g).
The Huawei Ascend P1 turned a few heads when it first debuted at CES. We CNET editors nodded in approval at the high-contrast black-and-white design; the sharp angles and stylized curves; andthe Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich software, which was seen less than expected at the January electronics show. Huawei also imbued its P-for-Platinum-level smartphone with enviable specs that include a speedy dual-core processor, an 8-megapixel camera, and support for HSPA+ speeds. While the Ascend P1 certainly has the check boxes marked, not everything lived up to expectations, like the camera. For between $500 and $800 and zero optimization for a U.S. carrier, the Ascend P1 is an unrealistic choice for most U.S. consumers; however, I love seeing Huawei take design risks -- and succeed in that respect. Sharp edges. Stark black-on-white contrast. A deep, unexpected curve. Looking at the Ascend P1 reminds me of a celebrity's very designer, very minimalist tuxedo. There's the glossy black front that stretches across the phone's face and plunges over the top and bottom in a plastic waterfall.
Today on the SlashGear test bench is the new Huawei Ascend P1 Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich smartphone. It was first unveiled at CES and we've been waiting for it ever since. As of late Huawei has been making some huge strides with their hardware to better compete with HTC and the Samsung's in the world, and this phone is a solid attempt. Being one of their best handsets to date can it match up? Check out the rest of the review to find out. Huawei has jumped right into the limelight recently by offering some good quality hardware, and specs that can compete with the big boys. The Ascend P1 is no different although isn't quite as thin as its P1 S cousin that takes the crown for the “world's thinnest smartphone.” To start on the hardware look over our hands-on here, then we'll dive into the rest. Huawei's equipped this new phone with a large and vibrant 4.3-inch qHD 540x960 AMOLED display, a 1.5 GHz dual-core TI OMAP4460 processor, 1GB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage. The initial specs don't match that of the Galaxy S III or the HTC One X, but it comes to market with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and an impressive hardware design to keep the others at bay.
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