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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

Music

Our Ascend P1 arrived with two music players pre-loaded, Huawei's own Music+ app and the notorious Google Play Music app which still doesn't work as advertised within the UK.

Huawei Ascend P1 review

Although, despite having its online sharing and cloud syncing options missing in action here, Google's Play Music app is still worth keeping as your default music player.

It's built around Google's newly beloved tab system, with tabs along the top for your recent tunes, artists, albums, songs, playlists and genres.

Playlist support is totally intuitive. The 'New Playlist' option creates a brand new little collection of songs, then long-pressing on a track lets you stick it into your new party mix.

Android also generates a 'Last Added' playlist, for easy access to whatever you've just stuck on the phone.

Huawei Ascend P1 review

That's the alternate Music+ app, which adds in a scrollable list of album art and folder support, plus Huawei's Dolby Digital feature, which can be toggled on or off here.

The onboard speaker's very loud, easily filling a room with your awful music without even taking the output up to max volume. Activating the DD tool makes it a bit louder. It's a nice player.

In fact, it's all very nice with a pair of functional home screen widgets and lock screen controls, but we can't help but longingly stare westward at America, where Google sells music through its Play Store.

There's none of that fun for us here, even in Android 4.0, so the Ascend P1 therefore doesn't come with any way of buying music direct through the phone pre-installed.

Video

Huawei Ascend P1 review

Video playback support is good. As well as the commonplace MP4 files, the P1 handled a basket of AVI files without hassle or glitch/sync issues, making it a good choice for those of you with a massive collection of movie and TV shows to watch on the go.

The 4.3" display is bright, clear and great for watching media, with videos and your own photos and clips looking superb on Huawei's wide screen.

There's even a file manager on here for navigating to your SD card and finding media you've stashed away, which is handy.

Google's Videos app – which manages movies bought through its Play Store - isn't on here, which is a little odd, but then it's on the Play Store for download if you feel the need to rent a 2002 romcom for £3.49.

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.