Did you stop with the word ‘Huawei’ wondering what it was? Well, you are not the only one who must have paused. Scores of American smartphone customers aren’t even aware of Huawei. Although HTC, Nokia, Samsung have risen to fame by taking the world of mobile phones to new heights, Huawei has remained as an relatively unknown giant providing technology and communications solutions. Since the company has just about started manufacturing hardware for mobile phones direct sales, there is much less enthusiasm and euphoria connected to the release of Huawei’s Ascend P1.
First things first, Ascend P1 claims to be world’s thinnest mobile phone. Being juts 7.69mm it certainly looks thin. You can slip it into the back pocket of your denims with considerable ease. It is feather light, weighing just about 4 ounces. With the mobile coming out in 5 different colors, it is sure to look classy in certain cool colors like yellow and white.
The front is a sheet of plain glass with capacitive control buttons printed on the bottom edge of the mobile. When you have to press on something near the bottom edge of the mobile, you may inadvertently press the Home button. It has a large 960X540 pixel display that makes the images look vibrant. It even has an Android 4.0 on-screen keyboard. But when you turn the mobile, you may come in for a shocker. The plastic shiny back panel makes the mobile look cheap.
The phone has a non-removable battery which adds to its slim appearance. The volume controls, SIM card slot, microSD slot, headphone jack and the port for charging are all available on either side of the phone. These ports have tiny doors to them, which are attached by small pins that appear to be on the verge of breaking off. They neither break off nor do they sit comfortably on the ports. The mobile is also equipped with radio and Wi-Fi. The phone has many Chinese apps but lacks certain common apps like YouTube.
Let us get to the best part, the hardware behind Ascend P1 ultra fast performance. It has 1.5GHZ TI OMAP 4460 dual core processor and a graphics card to boot. No wonder this phone responds exceptionally to touch.
Camera and Speakers
Although the 8mega pixel camera was a disappointment, the music and video playback worked excellently. That’s because the phone has Dolby mobile audio installed in it. Don’t be fooled by the size of this miniscule speaker, once you turn it on you’ll be blown away by the amount of sound this machine can produce.
To sum it up, Huawei Ascend P1 is not the solution for your smartphone woos. But it definitely is the step in the right direction for the company. This phone has an eye catchy design, excellent battery life, outstanding performance but it comes with a not-so-great camera, a cheap excuse for a back panel and pixilated display. Only if there are improvements on these points it will become perfect for the U.S. Until then, it makes us wait with bated breath for the next release from Huawei.