Jan 14 AT 5:33 PM Nick Gray 44 Comments

Hands-on with the Huawei Ascend P1 LTE

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Huawei may not be a name you think of when you’re in the market for a high-end Android smartphone, but that could all change with the introduction of the Huawei Ascend P1 LTE. If you’re looking for a phone that runs on Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and has all bells and whistles, the Ascend P1 will probably fit the bill.

The Ascend P1 features both LTE and GSM connectivity and comes equipped with a 4.3-inch qHD Super AMOLED display, Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 dual-core 1.5 GHz processor (MSM8960), 1 GB or RAM, 4GB of internal storage, and a microSD slot that supports all the way up to 64 GB. The Huawei Ascend P1 LTE also sports WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, GPS, 2000 mAh battery and a half dozen of the standard sensors included in today’s Android phones. The handset has an 8 megapixel camera with LED and is capable of shooting 1080p video at 30 frames per second.

Measuring in at 132 x 65 x 9.9mm, the Ascend is thin, but if you’re looking for the thinnest smartphone in the world, we suggest you check out the Huawei Ascend P1S. The handset’s thin body and curved edges give it a solid feel, the the plastic back and chrome finished edges make the Ascend P1 look a lot cheaper than it actually is.

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As we mentioned above, the Huawei Ascend is running on Android 4.0.1. Surprisingly, Huawei was the only large maufacturer at CES to show off phones running on Ice Cream Sandwich. The Ascend P1′s build of Android 4.0 is mainly stock, but Huawei has tweaked the lock screen a little, adding more direct launch applications to the unlock circle.

As usual, pricing and exact availability for the Huawei Ascend P1 LTE are not available, but we should have more details once we get closer to the handset’s spring launch

Via: Huawei

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. Nick joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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  • damambt

    Im gonna go ahead and wait out for more ics phones. Huawei is not a company i know much of, so im gonna go ahead and wait for reviews to make an informed decision. they do look promising, i like the glossy style.

    • Samar

      I like Matte finish phones..no finger prints.. :-) Having said that, the phone does look like a beauty. I’ve used Huawei phoes earlier which were pretty low-end but good enough. Lets see how they step-up the game.

    • fatspirit

      HTC also was “unknown” company some time ago. Huawei – big telecommunication hardware vendor so it’s just a question of time when it becomes well known as the phone manufacturer too.

  • thekaz

    not a bad looking phone. Seems like it may have a little bit more solid feel to it than the Galaxy Nexus.. unfortunately, I just bought the Nexus.

    • damambt

      Whats wrong with the Galaxy Nexus?

      • Joshua Melling

        fortunately I just got a Galaxy Nexus

        • damambt


          • thekaz

            Well, I didn’t mean it THAT way. I am more than happy with the Nexus, but this is a phone I would have taken a look at.. just as I did with the Rezound (and then opted for the Nexus).

  • http://youtube.com/user/jawckamoe Marcus

    Wow. That seems like a really nice phone. Huawei has been surprising me lately with their quality phones. I’m liking the dual-core S4 processor.

  • Oskar Wismierski

    Huawei is starting to look solid! Keep up the good work ;)

  • AsakuraZero

    huawei its doing it right!, now sammy need some good pricing on their phones not only good specs, because the competition its getting more and more … well On par with them.

    the specs war is over on android, now is the price war or so i hope that

  • spazby

    No thanks yet… I need them to release more phones and see how reliable they are….

  • uknowme

    It really show a ton of promise with those specs! The question is how are they going to be in the long run.

  • mustybooks

    Huawei make good quality value phones, but this is a real attempt at a high end device. Great device, great company.

  • redraider133

    It’s a shame devices like this rarely make it to the US and even more rare to make it to the big carriers like verizon. I wish more companies offered the choice on whether or not you want a custom skin on top and get the choice to choose between stock and skinned like they are doing. Nice looking phone and maybe if phones like these sell well other manufacturers will do similar things.


    I like what I see so far.. Just dont like the rumors connected to them and Chinas red army..

    • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

      I think people are over reacting to those rumors.

  • http://theinternet-allofit.blogspot.com Jorge Branco

    I’ve heard fantastic things about their mid range phones. And this thing has an enormous battery. Pity about the internal storage

  • Hall Lo

    Huawei is definitely trying sth new! Wish them luck :) this phone actually looks good and have really good specs!

  • CTown

    Is Super AMOLED a standard? I’m asking because HTC is also using a qHD Super AMOLED screen. Are they just calling an inferior screen the same name as the screen on the Galaxy S, because having the same colors as my Vibrant plus qHD resolution shouldn’t look half bad!

    • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

      Super AMOLED displays are made by Samsung. HTC stopped using Samsung’s AMOLED screens right after the DROID Incredible was released due to supply issues since Samsung was using up nearly the entire supply for their original Galaxy S phones. Not that supply has ramped up, there’s enough for Samsung and other OEMs to use them.

  • seywan

    hi, thnaks for your comments, but they didint sastisy me to buy one! to tell you the truth i know much about technology and cellphones, but i never had a smart phone by now, and i wanna have one now. im a little doubtful about my choice. help me with this choice please if you have enough experiences. thank you. my choices are
    1. motorola RAZR
    2. black berry 9860
    3. huawai ascent
    4. sony xperia s
    5. if i have enough $ , Iphone 4 (not s)
    im looking forward to help me.
    thank youuuuuuuuu.

    • AsakuraZero

      ditch the hell out of the blackberry out of that list, and idk if this is the place to ask this btw.

      go for the xperia S then the motorola rarz in my opinion thats all

      btw iphone is the phone from the devil itself :P you can forget about it too

    • pikahatonjon

      i would say xperia s. I played with one at CES and it was absolutely stunning, i was having some phone envy even though i recently got a gnexus.

      the only caveat i had with the phone was the non-replaceable battery and android 2.3

      however, sony has said that the xperia s would get 4.0 soon after launch

    • swattz101

      I can’t say much about the Ascend P1, as I haven’t seen it yet, but it looks nice. I have an Ascend II from cricket wireless. It is a cheap phone, cost my $100 without a contract. It works well when I don’t run out of memory. I like it as an entry smartphone, but you get what you pay for. For $100 with Android 2.3.5, it isn’t bad.

    • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

      The choice is between the Huawei Ascend P1 and the SONY XPERIA S. If you’re looking for a phone with better specs, go with the Ascend P1 since the Snapdragon S4 processor will be able to play any game on the market and improve battery life.

      If you want something from a well respected company, go with the XPERIA . The design is amazing and the camera is probably one of the best on the market.

  • seywan

    hi, thnaks for your comments, but they didint sastisy me to buy one! to tell you the truth i know much about technology and cellphones, but i never had a smart phone by now, and i wanna have one now. im a little doubtful about my choice. help me with this choice please if you have enough experiences. thank you. my choices are
    1. motorola RAZR
    2. black berry 9860
    3. huawai ascent
    4. sony xperia s
    5. if i have enough $ , Iphone 4 (not s)
    im looking forward to help me.

  • Tomasz2D

    I own Huawei Ideos S7 Slim Android tablet and it is very solid quality. I would say surprisingly good quality.

  • andy

    Unforchantly guys half off t mobile are build from that company I know because I worked at t mobile headquarters

  • lokidokie

    Sorry, no

  • Skye Villanueva

    I knew these guys would be making better phones!
    I only like them cause there kinda like the underdog android phone maker to me, plus they use stock android… whats not to love about that?!?!?!
    I love my g-nex and will never give it up for this..
    Its a beast though!!!

  • KC

    From hereon, NFC will be the norm and will gain tremendous momentum. Thus, I’m very frustrated to read reviews that do not say whether NFC is available on the devices.

    I like HuaWei. They are well-known internationally, unlike some who said otherwise. Their prices are competitively cheaper than the top guns.

    I dun mind any dual-core devices now even as this is the year of quadcores, but they must come with NFCs. ICS and future versions will have Android Beam, Google Wallet, and a host of NFC apps common standards.

    So I’m interested in this HuaWei or any new device that comes with NFC. Period. No NFC, no buy!!!!.

  • http://k-selezneva.blogspot.com/ KatSelezneva

    I like Huawei smartphones. I have U8230, and I’m really satisfied with it. I’ve even tried to compare it and Android 2.1 with an iPhone and iOS :) A year on an Android-based smartphone vs. an hour with an iPhone http://k-selezneva.blogspot.com/2011/09/year-on-android-based-smartphone-vs.html

  • Richard Yarrell

    What is a Huawei never heard of it. Galaxy Nexus pimp slaps this wanna be ics device.

    • squiddy20

      If you bothered to read the article (which you obviously didn’t), then you’d easily find out that Huawei is another phone manufacturer just like Motorola, HTC, and Sumsung, et. al. And as someone else commented, you have to remember HTC was in the same boat 4 or so years ago, a little known phone company way over the deep blue Pacific in Taiwan. Ignorant moron.
      And I should say, your “pimp slap” insult is quite old and doesn’t even make sense. For anything to pimp slap anything else, it must first have hands with which to slap. So right there, your stupid little saying makes absolutely no sense and is quite dumb. Not to mention that the saying was popular well over 5 years ago. Time to think up something different or shut up. What a broken record you are.

      • Richard Yarrell

        Your always the same exact DICK HEAD definately a USELESS PERSON at best. Give yourself a rest and STOP visiting this site because everyone here already knows your not PURCHASING ANYTHING…..WHY BECAUSE YOU CAN’T AFFORD TO….Time has past you by and your the BIGGEST JOKE here on androidandme…If you need a loan inorder to purchase a LEGITIMATE DEVICE let me know. It must be hard visiting sites and reading everyone’s comments knowing full well that you won’t be purchasing ANYTHING ANY TIME SOON….I come here for laughs knowing that you just cant RESIST leaving USELESS comments. LOOK IN THE MIRROR my friend the WHOLE WORLD is passing you by each and every day that passes….

        • squiddy20

          Wow. Way to be soooo mature. Your entire comment was one big childish insult after another, with absolutely no basis of factuality. If I am so “useless” then how is it that I have helped many people on SDX clarify stuff about rooting and their phones in general? How is it that I answered questions about phones I’ve never owned (most notably, here: http://androidandme.com/2011/07/reviews/richard-yarrell-reviews-the-evo-3d/comment-page-1/#comment-120921)? You’re just a child trying to bolster his own self confidence by insulting me. Good try though.
          Who’s this “everyone” or “we” you speak of? The only person who ever argues with or insults me is you. Most of the other commenters here downrate you and uprate me. If anything, you’re the “biggest joke around here” with all of your “OMG GALAXY NEXUS PIMP SLAPS ALL!!!!” bullshit, not to mention your view that rooting is for “2plus year old devices” which simply isn’t true. Frankly, I’m surprised the Android and Me staff have put up with your bullshit as long as they have. Practically every other website out there has booted you off at least once.
          The truth is, I could afford to upgrade from my Samsung Moment right now if I wanted to, but I don’t see a need to. My phone works as it should, and performs quite nicely for what it is. Also, I don’t see a need to upgrade to the “latest and greatest” right now, which would involve an ETF and all other sorts of crap, when if I just wait 4 more months, I’ve got a (basically) free upgrade. Have fun wasting all your money on something as insignificant as a phone when that money could be better spent on say, a better education which you are in so desperate need of. I’m not poor, it’s called being thrifty. Look it up.
          It’s a shame that you think that, just because I don’t own the most up-to-date phone, MUST mean I’m poor or “useless”. Coming from a poor background like you did (living on the streets of NYC almost 5 years ago: boweryapplications.org/Images/…/Red%20Door%20Jun2007.pdf), it’s really a shame. Most people would have more humility/humbleness.

          • Nicholas Berlusconi


            For some reason, it didn’t copy-paste correctly. Everyone should know what he is, and God forbid, they donate money to the BM, they can see what their money is going to.
            Absolutely sickening. Several of my neighbors in Bronxville (NOT to be confused with The Bronx) used to donate to the Bowery Mission. No more. Not while that is the result. Someone initially posted that on another site, and I made sure that everyone I know who donates time or money (mostly money) stops and sees what their money is creating.

        • squiddy20

          Also, if I’m so “useless”, then how is it I would’ve at least thought to use my “useless” Samsung Moment to Google search the term “Huawei”? Can’t you do that on your brand spanking new, “pimp slapping” Galaxy Nexus? Didn’t you say you were reading the entire 100 some-odd page Galaxy Nexus user manual? Surely it must tell you how to do a simple Google search SOMEWHERE in all of that?
          And you called me “useless”? You’re funny!

    • Nicholas Berlusconi

      “What is a Huawei never heard of it.” That’s because, despite all of your ranting, frothing at the mouth, hypocrisy, mental deficiencies, confusion over whether or not you’re are the Mad High Priest of the Church of Evo, Sprint and HTC, or if you’re the new mentally-damaged retard (sorry, “one of God’s special little creatures”) High Priest of the Church of Samsung, Verizon (I thought they were the Devil, Richard?), and the Galaxy Nexus, you think you are the preeminent authority on all things Android, yet you don’t even know the difference between an encrypted bootloader and a locked bootloader. Do you know the difference between $ and # ? Of course you don’t, you don’t even know what makes your phone work. Hell, you don’t even know how to spell, use punctuation, the proper use of caps, or even *facepalm* the difference between the words “rather” and “whether”. You never even owned a smartphone before the EVO was released – probably because you couldn’t afford half a french fry, much less a smartphone, and were lost and confused in the Bronx until the Bowery Mission took your sorry ass in – who you later screwed out of ~$92,000 in annual donations because they taught you how to turn on a computer. Although, I’m fairly certain that they didn’t teach you to be an insulting asshole to people online who had the audacity to own a phone other than an EVO and actually didn’t use Sprint because their WiMax is a bigger joke than you are.
      Although, you aren’t the sharpest knife in the drawer (actually, you’re not even a plastic spoon), I’ll try to explain this because I’m on vacation until mid-March, and quite frankly, have nothing better to do at the moment, because it’s cold, and I don’t leave for vacation for a few days, so I may as well try to teach pigs to speak, as teach you anything. Huawei is the largest China-based networking and telecommunications equipment supplier and the second-largest supplier of mobile communications technology infrastructure in the world. In Asian markets, they sell high-end products, as well as what we generally see in North America and Europe. They are only just now starting to move into the higher-end devices in the North American markets. To give you a perspective of scale, Huawei has ~110,000 employees (almost half involved in R&D), HTC has ~13,000.
      “Galaxy Nexus pimp slaps this wanna be ics device.” How do you know? You’ve never even heard of Huawei, much less laid eyes or hands on this device. The spec-sheet looks pretty good to me. It also has an expandable SD-slot, something the GNex regrettably doesn’t (one of many reasons that I sold mine). How does a phone “pimp slap” something that is specced equal to or higher than your beloved EVOs and GNex? By the way, Richard, what happened to “nothing will ever beat the EVO3D until next year when the next EVO comes out”? What happened to “Verizon’s network is useless”? what happened to “Verizon is the Devil”? what happened to all of the nonsense you posted about the “Now Network in the boogie down Bronx”? (there are a lot of boogs there, I’ll give you that). What happened to those stupid videos of Dan Hesse you used to paste on comment boards? Did reality finally sink in to that seriously screwed up head of yours? Were you severely brain damaged doing a soup kitchen with a bunch of other guys in a car under an overpass? (The Other Guys reference – far too cerebral for you, and that’s a tragedy to say about anyone).
      I know that when you buy a new device, you like it to be #1 for as long as possible, but you’re retarded, the GNex is NOT going to be the #1 or most relevant phone for the next 8 months, aside from ICS and updates from Google, it has nothing to give it a substantial advantage over any other new, high-end phone released in the past month or two, and it will sure as hell be far surpassed by other devices in the next 8 months or even 8 weeks. I know this is vain because you’ll just reply with something that you think is clever but actually manages to make you look like more of the ignorant moron that you are, but if you actually spent 25% of the time actually learning something about Android rather than posting stupid comments on the internet to make yourself feel better about the phone you currently own by berating others, or simply saying moronic things in a failed attempt at making yourself feel better about your massive list of shortcomings, you’d actually learn something about the OS you claim to love and be knowledgeable about. I also know that is a wasted sentiment as you literally revel in your ignorant stupidity. I hope and pray that your son isn’t even .01% of the dipshit that you are. I hope that apple falls light-years from your tree.

  • Nathan D.

    Nice looking phone

  • http://None Javier Bastardo

    I don’t see NFC mentioned, is Android Beam something just entitled to the Nexus?

    • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

      NFC was not listed on the spec sheet. Google has been pushing NFC for over a year, but it really hasn’t taken off yet. We will hopefully see some NFC enabled devices at Mobile World Congress.

  • robwhittaker

    Looking forward to seeing some more (i.e. cheaper) stock ics phones. This could be a conteder