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Huawei Ascend P1 review

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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 advantage of using Android 4.0 at its core really shines through when using the web, with the Ascend P1 featuring the same excellent, highly evolved webkit browser Google added into its Ice Cream Sandwich version of the mobile OS.

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The key feature is the updated tabbing system, which is activated through a button beside the URL bar. This is a much better, simpler way of handling web sessions than in Android builds of old.

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You can also activate the nerdy little hovering tab system, which lets you ditch all of the on-screen stuff in favour of a floating menu button pulled in by sweeping a finger in from the side of the display.

This curved little menu handles the open tabs, generating mini previews to slide through, plus you can get to settings, bookmarks, and everything else without fuss.

The dual-core processor does a fine job of building and scrolling even the most complex web pages, with double-taps automatically zooming in the view and re-flowing the text to make it even clearer and sharper on the P1's excellent display.

The browser supports offline reading, with pages you opt to save appearing under a 'Saved Pages' tab inside the history and bookmarks section.

Huawei Ascend P1 review

There's also the option to browse in incognito mode and open incognito tabs, where none of your internet activities are recorded.

Huawei Ascend P1 review

Text is handled well, too.

Long-pressing on a chunk of words pops up the two start and end tabs, which can be shuffled about until you've highlighted the bit of text you'd like to plagiarise, with a tap of the text copying it to the clipboard.

Furthermore, a little menu lets you search Google for the copy selected, or share it using Android's standard sharing system.

Flash content is also displayed without fuss.

Embedded videos and the BBC's iPlayer app both work well here, so if you spend your time playing rubbish internet games and re-watching Question Time, this'll get those jobs done.

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.