Huawei Ascend P1 Review & Specs

By Muhammad Faisal 0 comments
Bucking the super-sized smartphone trend, Huawei's P1 squeezes Android 4.0 ICS and a dual-core brain into a shell that won't have your pockets bursting at the seams

The Android 4.0 OS has a carousel-style skin with a neat 3D effect, and it comes with the apps you need for serious smartphone. There's enough power to shift everything around smoothly and the battery lasts until bedtime unless pushed really hard.

You'll have to fork out for a 32GB microSD card because the Huawei Ascend P1 has just 4GB of storage - a puzzlingly low amount of space that is only good for storing a handful of music tracks, videos and apps. Otherwise the spec is ample, if not up there with the HTC One X or Samsung Galaxy S III.

Huawei Ascend P1's camera is impressive. Autofocus is quick and usually guesses well, while stills and hi-def video are packed with detail. But footage does get choppy if you shoot on the move or pan about. Still, it works well with its video-editing app.

Aside from the camera lens and a matching bulge at the bottom, Huawei Ascend P1 is incredibly slender, making it easy to live with. The punchy, bright 4.3in/11cm PenTile screen isn't hi-def, but is bursting with color. The beadiest of eyes will spot some jagged edges on fonts.

Unlock shortcuts Peel away the skin Movie Studio Icon Styles
Depending on the direction of your swipe, the unlock gesture can wake the phone directly into the call, messaging or camera app. It's neat, but it makes unlocking straight to the home-screen more fiddly than it should be. If you'd prefer to trade the 3D carousel and fancy widgets for a more rapidly responding 2D alternative, just press the Menu button, then select '2D home' to swap Huawei's skin for the standard Ice Cream Sandwich look. Google's own video-editing app is included and is well worth using. In a few minutes you can string together a bunch of clips, add a tune from your library and export a cool movie that your Facebook friends will almost certainly 'like'.
Surely this is an option too far: the per-installed app icons come in two switchable styles: 'Boxy' and 'Breezy'. Whether or not our email app icon has airmail fringing isn't really the sort of thing that keeps us awake at night.


A slightly bigger handset, but still very pocket-able, the one-time Android king matches most of the Huawei Ascend P1's skills and specs, then trumps it with a 4.65in/12cm hi-def screen, greater storage and the ultra-slick riches of Android 4.1. Shop around for nice discounts.

Huawei Ascend P1 Specs

Screen 4.3in/11cm, 960x540 pixels
OS Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
Storage 4GB (+32GB microSD)
Camera 8MP w/dual-LED flash (rear), 1.3MP (front)
Video capture 1080p@30fps
Connectivity 3G, microUSB, Wi-Fi, 3.5mm headphone socket, A-GPS, Bluetooth 3.0, compass, accelerometer
Battery 8 hours talk-time, 450 hours standby

Blogging Hub Says

A stylish and powerful Android phone that's just one step behind the leader of the pack

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