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Huawei's super-slim Ascend P1 and P1 S smartphones hands-on


Gallery by Michael Oryl on Wednesday January 11, 2012.

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Huawei was one of the first companies out of the gate to launch a new device at CES 2012, and it revealed the new Ascend P1 S (and its chubbier kin, the P1). The P1 S lays claim to the "world's thinnest smartphone" title, knocking the Fujitsu ARROWS ES IS12F off of its perch.

The Ascend P1 S measures a scant 6.7mm thick, and is powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core processor with 1GB of RAM. It has a 4.3-inch, qHD (540 x 960 pixel) Super AMOLED display and is equipped with an 8 megapixel rear camera and a 1.3 megapixel front camera.

Interestingly enough, Huawei is launching the Ascend P1 S with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, not with Android 2.3 Gingerbread and promising an upgrade later, as most manufacturers have done thus far. The Android 4.0 build on the P1 S is unmolested, and offers a standard Android user experience.

Build quality on both the P1 and P1 S, which are functionally identical apart from thickness and battery capacity, is quite good. These don't feel like cheap devices, though the high-gloss material they are constructed from does get smudged up easily.

The P1 S model is incredibly thin, though I have to admit that it didn't feel all that much thinner than the Motorola DROID RAZR that I carry around with me these days. In fact, unless you are really looking to notice the difference, it doesn't feel that much thinner than the P1 model that was launched with it.

The P1 S we saw was clad in gloss black, but it was the P1 that really caught my eye with its bright yellow cover. I just loved the look of that device. I want one...

Huawei intends to launch the Ascend P1 and P1 S globally in Q2 2012.

 
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