Huawei on the up with Ascend P1 Android phone

Huawei Ascend P1 set to touch down in Australia in May

Chinese smartphone manufacturer Huawei has announced that its latest Android smartphone — the Ascend P1 — will launch in Australia in May, though it hasn't yet revealed which operators will carry the device.

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The Huawei Ascend P1 is an almost identical handset to the Ascend P1 S with a slight difference in size. The Ascend P1 is 7.7mm thick, whereas the Ascend P1 is just 6.68mm thick: the latter holds the title of the world's slimmest smartphone.

Thickness aside, the only other difference between these two models is the battery capacity. The Ascend P1 is powered by a 1670mAh battery, while the thinner Ascend P1 S gets a slightly larger 1800mAh battery.

"The global availability of the Ascend P1, which combines smart features and a sexy design, represents a significant milestone for Huawei said Richard Yu, Chairman of Huawei Device. "We are sending strong signals of our intention to transform into a consumer-facing brand and extend our market leadership globally by strengthening our range of flagship products."

The Huawei Ascend P1 has a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen with a resolution of 960x540. The screen is coated in Gorilla glass to prevent scratches and cracks. The phone is powered by a dual-core 1.5GHz TI OMAP 4460 Cortex-A9 processor, has 1GB of RAM and 4GB of internal memory. There is also a microSD card slot for extra storage, while Huawei will ship the Ascend P1 with the latest Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system out of the box.

Other features of the Ascend P1 include an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with dual LED flash and a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera for video calling. The rear camera doubles as a 1080p video recorder. The Huawei Ascend P1 is a quad-band HSDPA device, so it will work on all three major Australian networks — Telstra (850MHz) and Optus/Vodafone (900MHz/2100MHz). However, Huawei has refused to reveal which Australia operators will sell the device, only saying it will be available in Australia from May.

The Ascend P1 is part of Huawei's focus on delivering stylish designs. Last year, the company launched the Vision, a thin Android phone with slightly curved display.

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