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Huawei Ascend P1 gets the FCC blessing, to hit the US in June?

May 25, 2012

There was quite a lot of hoopla in the Android world back in January and February, when Huawei unveiled what they called the “world’s most powerful” handheld and the “world’s slimmest” phone.

However, the excitement significantly toned down in the months following the announcements, as we heard very little about the Ascend D Quad’s and Ascend P1’s worldwide releases. The P1 did launch in China last month, but Huawei’s officials hesitated to announce any dates for the rest of the world, saying that “other markets will follow soon”. We didn’t even know if the Ascend P1 was ever going to come to the States, as it became obvious that it’s not a phone to challenge the likes of the HTC One X, LG Optimus 4X HD, or Samsung Galaxy S3.

But just when we least expected it, we caught an FCC filing of the P1, that just about confirms that the device is heading towards the USA after all. According to FCC internal documents leaked yesterday, Huawei’s future phone will support pentaband HSPA+/UMTS, technical standards compatible with AT&T and T-Mobile’s networks. It’s too early to say which one of the two carriers will offer the Ascend P1 for sale, because neither AT&T nor T-Mo have said anything about the phone until now. But we reckon there’s a good chance that the device will sell via both providers.

Verizon and Sprint might not be left out of the mix, as they could have special editions of the phone coming their way later, but that’s all speculation and we would rather concentrate on the facts.

What are the facts? Well, we knew for a while that the Ascend P1 will be released in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Australia by the end of May, and to Europe and Latin America in June. We also know that, while identically equipped with the Ascend P1 S, the P1 comes with a bulkier figure and falls short of claiming the “world’s slimmest” title.

Powered by a dual-core 1.5 GHz TI OMAP 4460 processor and sporting a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED display with 960 x 540 pixels resolution, the Ascend P1 could very well hit the US by the end of June, at around the same time with Europe. The rest of the phone’s features include Android ICS, 8 MP/1.3 MP cameras, 1 GB of RAM, 4 GB of internal memory, a microSD card slot, and a 1670 mAh battery.

As for the Ascend P1 S, we know nothing official in terms of availability and pricing, so it’s possible that Huawei has given up on the model before anyone got the chance to play around with it.

Are you US tech enthusiasts excited about the Huawei Ascend P1? Will you be looking to get it if it were to be released by AT&T and/or T-Mobile? What would be a fair price to ask for this gadget?