Trying to shake off its second-tier (third?) image, Huawei has been polishing its Android offerings this year in hope that it will make the leap to the next class. The result can be seen in the company’s Ascend series. After being launched in Australia and Canada, the Ascend P1 will be vying for some love from UK customers soon.

The Huawei Ascend P1 will be available for purchase from Vodafone UK in early August – the full availability details haven’t been shared yet. But for those customers who don’t mind being tied to the carrier, the phone can be yours for free if you shell out at least £26 a month for the next two years on a Vodafone contract.

Packing a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED display with 960 x 540 resolution, the Ascend P1 boasts a dual-core 1.5GHz TI OMAP 4460 processor, 1GB RAM, 4GB internal storage, a microSD card slot, WiFi b/g/n, HSDPA, and 1,670mAh battery. There’s an 8MP rear camera with BSI sensor and LED flash with full HD recording, as well as a 1.3MP front-facing camera.

Although it’s not as svelte as the Ascend P1 S, the Ascend P1 is still supermodel thin thanks to its 7.7mm body. Completing the package is Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich on board – with no confirmation yet whether it’ll be upgradable to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

The Ascend P1 will have to compete with the recently introduced ZTE Grand X, which features a similar display size and resolution, but uses a Tegra 2 processor.

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