Huawei Ascend P1 hands-on and unboxing

May 16, 2012
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Huawei announced this super-thin smartphone at CES and we were able to get a look at it running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich back in February during Mobile World Congress. The Huawei Ascend P1 will be available globally later this month so today we are taking a full hands-on look at it and unboxing it for everyone interested. In might not be Galaxy S III caliber but check it out after the break.

Huawei is sporting this as one of the thinnest smartphones around. Coming in at just 7.6mm thin it is extremely sleek and stylus, although their P1-S will be the "world's thinnest smartphone" according to Huawei. This phone might not be at the absolute top of the pack but still comes in quite decent. Under the hood is a 1.5 GHz dual-core TI OMAP4460 processor, 1GB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage, while up-front is a 4.3-inch 960 x 540 Super AMOLED display. The screen isn’t HD but you’d hardly tell from looking at its crisp and vivid colors.

The specs aren't the best but they aren't too shabby either. Huawei's tossed in an 8 megapixel rear camera with dual LED flash and a 1.3 front shooter for self portraits and more. They've opted for capacitive touch buttons with ICS instead of the on-screen buttons with the Galaxy Nexus. Overall our first impressions are quite favorable. Huawei hasn't always made the best hardware but this is a step in the right direction for sure. While still having a cheap Samsung-like design the phone feels solid and durable in the hand. For now check out the unboxing video and pictures below and expect a full Android Community review in the coming days.


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  • http://www.binarybulge.com/ BinaryBulge

    I like it.  Kinda wish it wasn’t plastic, but it doesn’t look like it would show scratches too badly.  Plus, I always get a TPU soft-case for phones anyway.

    Also, so glad they put the menu button there instead of a task-switcher like HTC.

  • Felix Sibarani

    I’ve had mine for about 3 weeks and am very happy with it. Bought a Chinese version in Shanghai so I had to root it. It is really fast and the display is great.
    Despite being plastic it feels very solid in the hand and very comfortable to hold. Chinese people are very skeptical of buying a “Chinese” phone but once i let them hold it and they experience the weight and the ‘thinness’ they are impressed haha