Huawei Ascend P1

While the Huawei Ascend P1 was subject to much speculation surrounding its actual release dates, Huawei has now announced the global availability for their flagship dual-core smartphone.

“The global availability of the Ascend P1, which combines smart features and a sexy design, represents a significant milestone for Huawei Device.  We are sending strong signals of our intention to transform into a consumer-facing brand and extend our market leadership globally by strengthening our range of flagship products. We are also expanding our sales and distribution channels to move beyond a focus on operators,” said Richard Yu, Chairman of Huawei Device.

The Ascend P1 packs a dual-core 1.5GHz TI OMAP 4460 Cortext-A9 processor and measures 7.69mm thin making it incredibly thin in the hand. For visuals, you get a 4.3-inch super AMOLED 960 x 540 display protected by Corning Gorilla Glass along with an 8MP shooter and running the whole package is a healthy dose of Ice Cream Sandwich

The Huawei Ascend P1 will be available in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Australia through operators and retailers by May 2012, in Latin America from June 2012 and in Europe from summer, with availability in other markets soon after. The full press release from Huawei can be found after the break however; if you're looking for pricing you'll not find it.

Check out our hands on with the Huawei Ascend P1

Huawei Announces Global Availability of the Ascend P1 – its Flagship Dual-Core Smartphone

Beijing, China, April 18, 2012: Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, today announced that the Huawei Ascend P1 will be available in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Australia through operators and retailers by May 2012, in Latin America from June 2012 and in Europe from summer, with availability in other markets to follow.

“The global availability of the Ascend P1, which combines smart features and a sexy design, represents a significant milestone for Huawei Device.  We are sending strong signals of our intention to transform into a consumer-facing brand and extend our market leadership globally by strengthening our range of flagship products. We are also expanding our sales and distribution channels to move beyond a focus on operators,” said Richard Yu, Chairman of Huawei Device.

The Ascend P1 is beauty meets brains – proof that technology and good looks can go hand-in-hand. It features a dual-core 1.5GHz TI OMAP 4460 Cortext-A9 processor and measures 7.69mm thin and 64.8 mm long, providing a very comfortable grip. With a 4.3-inch super AMOLED 960 x 540 touch screen with Corning® Gorilla® Glass, an 8-megapixel BSI rear-facing camera and Dolby Mobile 3.0 + 5.1 surround sound technology, the Ascend P1 provides a home theatre experience in the palm of your hands.

About Huawei Device
Huawei Device believes that everyone can be the center of information and that the world would be a better place if access and information barriers were knocked down. Its strong suite of mobile phones, mobile broadband devices and home devices is testimony to Huawei Device's focus on customers and its commitment to providing user-friendly mobile internet experiences through ongoing innovation. Based on more than two decades of success in the information and communications industry, and with our own channel expertise, operational capabilities and global partner resources, Huawei Device is transforming from a company that sells millions of devices in single transactions to large businesses, to a “Business-to-People” (B2P) brand that also sells individual devices directly to millions of people. As at the end of 2011, Huawei Device serves more than 500 operators all over the world. For more information, visit Huawei Device online: www.huaweidevice.com

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There are 5 comments

coraphise says:

I'd be willing to give this a try, if for no better reason than I'm curious.

ISS2 says:

I'd have to concur with that notion. It's a good looking phone with the hardware to match, plus ICS.

engineerga says:

Ugh, dual-core is so last year. Isn't it supposed to have octo-core technology now? /s

Just thought I would get that in there before anyone else came along and was serious about it.

Looks like a neat phone, but it's not my thing. It looks like it has corners sharp enough to kill my leg if I put the phone in my front pants pocket and had a girl sit on my lap (which happens a lot, since I am married and have a daughter). And giant bezels are not exactly cool. LOL

rocket321 says:

No one should take issue with dual-core, however it is a core design from mid 2011 (TI OMAP 4460 Cortext-A9 processor) which is going to be not as fast or power efficient as the new SoC's coming out this year (for example the Snapdragon S4 is launching in several phones now.)

If the price is right, I think this would be an interesting phone to check out, I like the aesthetics and it looks like its on stock ICS. Now if only the USA were found on the same globe (as in Global Launch).

roltzje says:

Played w/ the phone at CES. Really nice looking in person, good size, freakishly slim for the P1S. Was running stock ICS w/ an optional 3d effect launcher. Would go well as a lower-end Nexus phone due to this.. I think it could catch on, hopefully gets launched on one of the lower-end US carriers like Cricket, as a premium phone. Specs are somewhere between a GS2 and a One S.