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Huawei Ascend P1 now available in Australia for $499 off contract

July 2, 2012

The Ascend P1 is just one of the many upcoming Huawei offerings that the Chinese hope will make forgotten their cheap phone reputation. While the slim Ascend P1 recently made a stop at the FCC in the US, it appears our Australian friends will get to play with the Ascend P1 a bit earlier.

According to Ausdroid, the Huawei Ascend P1 is now available to purchase in Australia from retailer Dick Smith. It seems Huawei has taken the subdued route when launching the P1 down under, since there’s little to no hype around the 7.69mm phone. If you got AU $499 laying around and are looking for a new phone, it’ll be enough to get you the unlocked version of the phone.

Australian carriers have so far shown no interest in adopting the Ascend P1 for their lineup, which would help keep the cost of the phone down and make it a more interesting offering for buyers. But things may change in the future.

Specs like a dual-core 1.5GHZ TI OMAP 4460 processor, 4.3-inch Super AMOLED qHD display, 1GB RAM, 4 GB internal storage, microSD card slot, 8MP rear camera, 1.3MP front camera and the aforementioned thin body may sound appealing attached on a more established brand. But coming from Huawei, and with a higher than expected price, selling the Ascend P1 is going to be quite a challenge for the Chinese manufacturer. That new TV commercial is a good start, though.

What do you think? Is the Huawei Ascend P1 a keeper at that price (roughly US$510)?