Huawei Ascend P1

74
Engadget
Score
74

A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.

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Huawei Ascend P1 review

Summary

It's not the best of the best, but it's a solid device and an indicator that the company's clearly heading in the right direction.

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Pros
  • Solid performanceLight, thin and comfortable to holdMostly stock ICS skin
Cons
  • qHD display falls short Mediocre call qualityLimited onboard storage
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Huawei Ascend P1 hands-on

Huawei Ascend P1 announced

Ascend P1 arriving in May

Drastic product strategy adjustments appear to be a hot trend for smartphone manufacturers in 2012, and Huawei is one such example of a company doing its best to hang out with the cool kids. It's hard to blame it, of course: the OEM's previous success has been in its ability to crank out budget-friendly smartphones, feature phones and USB sticks like nobody's business and pushing them out to emerging markets. The story's even more dire within the US, as most carriers have kept Huawei out of the spotlight by choosing very few of its devices, white-labeling each one and selling them as prepaid. In an effort to gain awareness and improve its market share, Huawei's turned to establishing brand recognition and improving device selection as its focal points for 2012.

Barely a week into the new year, Huawei took to the stage at the Consumer Electronics Show to showcase the Ascend P1 and P1 S. These two smartphones, nearly identical twins with the exception of the P1 S' thinner profile and (oddly enough) larger battery, represented the first phase in the company's new product strategy. The pair were to be powerful new devices with a classy, stylish look and feel. This was a welcome move since Huawei's best product prior to CES was the Honor, a 1.4GHz single-core device with a 4-inch FWVGA display.

Until Huawei launches its top-tier Diamond series of smartphones (including the ultra-powerful D Quad), the Ascend P1 -- which is expected to arrive in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Australia by the end of the month at an unknown price -- will be the company's best offering. Naturally, we were eager to take this Platinum series (second tier) device for a spin. Is the P1 truly a sign of Huawei turning a new leaf? Does it hold its own against similarly specced competition? Follow us past the break to find out.

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Scores

Engadget

74
 

Breakdown

Reception and call quality
6.6
Display
7.6
Battery life
7.3
Camera
7.5
Ease of use
8.3
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Specs

Ascend

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Camera
yes
Internal memory
4 GB
Screen size
4.3 inches
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Specs

Ascend

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Camera
yes
Internal memory
4 GB
Screen size
4.3 inches
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