Huawei Ascend P1 launched in China for $475, other markets to follow soon

April 18, 2012
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Even though it hasn’t been styled as the “world’s fastest smartphone”, like its cousin, the Ascend D Quad, the Huawei Ascend P1 Android-based phone has stirred up interest among technology enthusiasts ever since its official unveiling, back at CES.

With a pretty snappy dual-core 1.5 GHz processor under its hood, as well as a very thin, slim and stylish body, the Ascend P1 looked like a decent device to fill that gap between mid-range and high-end devices. All this little guy needed was a fair price and a timely release.

The first details about the phone’s availability pointed towards a mid-April release in China and we are very happy to report to you today that Huawei have delivered on its promises. The Ascend P1 has gone up for sale a couple of hours ago in the world’s biggest smartphone market, with several other markets set to follow by the end of this month. The handheld’s official price is 2,999 CNY (around $475) in China, which is pretty on-par with what we all expected.

Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Australia will be three of the countries to follow suite in the next couple of weeks, with Europe and Latin America expecting the device sometime in June. No words yet on when exactly will the gadget hit the United States or even if it will ever come to the US, but the guys at Huawei have stated in their press release earlier today that “availability in other markets is to follow soon”, so we can still hope.

My guess is that we will be seeing this smartphone in the US during summer and it will almost definitely be made available for even less than those $475 charged in China, which, at least as far as I’m concerned, could make this one of the biggest hits of 2012.

If you happened to miss the Ascend P1’s official unveiling back in January, you should know that the smartphone runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box, is powered by a dual-core 1.5 GHz TI OMAP 4460 processor and sports a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED display with a 960 x 540 pixels resolution and Gorilla Glass. The rest of the features are themselves pretty appealing, with 1 GB of RAM, 4 GB of on-board storage, an 8 MP rear-facing shooter, and a 1.3 MP front-facing camera.

Measuring a mere 7.69 mm (0.3 inches) in thickness, the Ascend P1 should catch your eye with its very nice looks, or in the words of Huawei’s marketers “sexy design” and “smart features”.

So, how about it, guys? Will you be looking for this elegant 4.3-incher from Huawei when it hits your market, or is it not enough to make it worth your time and money? Also, if there’s anyone from China reading us right now, please tell us if you have already reserved a place in line at your local electronics store so as to get your hands on an Ascend P1!

Show Press Release

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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