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Huawei Ascend P1 review: First phone from the Chinese giant

The first impression was ok, but not jaw-dropping



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.

Huawei Ascend P1 Black

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.


two products discussed in this review

  Product Lowest price
Huawei Ascend P1 Black

Android, Texas Instruments OMAP 4460, 4.3 inch, 960x540, 8 MPixel, 108 gram

Specifications Test results Reviews

Huawei Ascend P1 U9200 White

Android, 4.3 inch, 960x540, 8 MPixel, 110 gram


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