Huawei is a Chinese manufacturer that's becoming increasingly determined to make inroads in Western markets. It has been active for a while, making things like USB-3G dongles for our parts of the world. It's a huge corporation, with revenues in the tens of billions of dollars. At the end of last year it launched a number of smartphones in Europe. The first one we were able to review is the Ascend P1, a higher mid-range phone.
At the 2011 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Huawei introduced a complete line-up of phones, including the Ascend D1 Quad flagship model with a quad-core processor that was developed in-house. That phone has yet to be released, and in the meantime the focus is on more affordable models such as the Ascend G300, a 4-inch model with 4GB of RAM and a pricetag of around £140.
We're of course more interested in the more powerful models, of which the Ascend P1 is a good example. For around £325 Huawei offers an Andoird 4.0 smartphone that's less than 9 mm thick, with a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED display and an 8 megapixel camera. We tested it to find out how it compares to the competition.