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Huawei Ascend P1 review

Budget phone maker attempts to blag an upgrade to business class

Our Verdict

If you can live with its lightweight feel, the Ascend P1 is a seriously enjoyable and powerful phone.

Product features

  • Built-in Memory : 4 GB
  • Rear Camera Resolution : 8 Megapixel
  • Screen Resolution : 540 x 960
  • Processor Core : Dual-core (2 Core)

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For

  • Pure Android 4.0 option
  • Smooth and fast
  • Responsive, bright display
  • Good battery life

Against

  • Creaky, lightweight body
  • Only 4GB of onboard storage
  • Poor keyboard spellcheck
  • No NFC

The text messaging system is the standard Android 4.0 option, giving you pretty threaded messages jazzed up with mini contact photos of the person you're bothering, plus image, audio and video attachment options, or the chance to hold up the phone and capture a pic or video live and have that automatically resized and attached to the message.

Huawei Ascend P1 review

Sadly, Huawei's put its own keyboard on here as the default option, which, although responsive and lag free, has some odd issues correcting your typing.

The phone seems to be supplied without a dictionary, with even the most basic of words appearing underlined and unknown, with the prediction system also lacking as a result.

You can also swipe the screen to switch Huawei's keyboard to a numeric keypad option, just in case you haven't upgraded your phone for a decade and would like to stick to the old T9 system.

Sticking with the stock Android keyboard is your best bet, as it manages to look better and has many more advanced text-editing systems.

Huawei Ascend P1 review

Pressing a word that the spellchecker doesn't recognise highlights the whole thing and pops up dialog box, from which you're able to select an alternative, delete it or add it to the dictionary.

Punctuation is also easier than ever, with a long-press of the full-stop key bringing up a window with all the important comas, brackets and exclamation marks, encouraging the youth of today to experiment a little with traditional old grammar.

A similar system is used to predict your words, too, with the keyboard placing a "..." beneath some words, which can be long-pressed to again list alternatives.

If you really want to pretend it's the future and don't embarrass easily, Google's speech recognition tool is there to let you dictate messages.

As ever, it's a little hit and miss, but it can do a good job with simple sentences. Although you might spend longer editing the results than you would've on typing it properly the first time, so it's usually best not to bother.

Huawei Ascend P1 review

Another welcome untouched Android 4.0 feature is the email app, which Google has transformed into a very slick and responsive tool.

It's easy to initialise, requiring just your email address and password to kick off the automatic setup process, with the app then letting users select their polling frequency, whether or not to download attachments and populate a customisable list of quick responses to send back quick, boring replies to people you can't be bothered dealing with.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
TouchscreenYes
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported32 GB
Built-in Memory4 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA, UMTS, HSPA+
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationNo
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilyAscend P1
Cellular Generation3.9G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 850, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 1900, WCDMA 2100
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution8 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraYes
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
ColourBlack
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameHuawei
Screen Size10.9 cm (4.3")
Screen Resolution540 x 960
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)110 g
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Processor ManufacturerTexas Instruments
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Operating System VersionAndroid 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
RealtoneYes
Radio Tuner TypeFM
Call FeaturesCall Log
Pixel Density256 ppi
Height129 mm
Width64.8 mm
Depth7.7 mm
Radio TunerYes
ManufacturerHuawei Technologies Co., Ltd
Product NameAscend P1 Smartphone
Processor Speed1.50 GHz
Product LineAscend P1
Screen TypeOLED
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Ambient Light Sensor, Gyro Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Digital Compass
Manufacturer Part Number0003402620
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.huawei.com
Marketing Information

7.69mm slim body

Huawei unique molding&casting technology makes P1 smart as well as fashion.

64.8mm Narrow frame Design

64.8mm narrow frame offers you the most comfortable handle. can easily play it with single hand.

Dual core 1.5GHz CPU

A dual core 1.5GHz cpu, together with optimal software makes P1 the fastest model in class, capable to handle 3D games effectively.

Super AMOLED High definition screen

4.3-inch Super AMOLED qHD (960 x 540) screen with Auto rotate feature powered by G-sensor. These features provide you with a better viewing experience.