Jan 09 AT 11:09 AM Dustin Earley 35 Comments

Huawei Ascend P1 S is world’s thinnest phone yet, coming to US with Android 4 in Q2


Huawei is looking to make their breakout move in the US market, and what better way to announce the world’s thinnest phone than at CES2012? So far in the US, Huawei has only focused on low-cost budget devices that tend to go for next to nothing on contract. That all changes with the announcement of the Huawei Ascend P1, and P1 S.

Both the Ascend P1 and P1 S are incredibly similar in specs. In fact, the only thing that sets them apart is how thin they are. The P1 S comes in at a mere 6.8mm, while the P1 7.measures 69mm. Unlike the Excite X10, thinness isn’t the only thing the P1 and P1 S have going for them.

  • Android 4, Ice Cream Sandwich
  • 4.3-inch Super AMOLED qHD 960×540 touchscreen with Corning Gorilla Glass
  • TI OMAP 4460 dual-core Cortext-A9 CPU at 1.5 GHz
  • SGX 540 graphic processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 4GB ROM
  • 1670 mAh/1800 mAh battery
  • PPVD heat distributing back cover
  • 8 megapixel BSI rear-facing camera capable of 1080p video capture
  • 1.3 megapixel font-facing camera capable of 720p video
  • Pentaband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA

Armed with a qHD SAMOLED display and what looks to be a vanilla build of Ice Cream Sandwich, the Ascend P1 S may turn out to be one of the smash hits of the year. Savvy consumers are always looking for stock Android devices, so at the right price point, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the P1 S sell very well.

Look for the P1 and P1 S to hit North America “anytime around Q2 2012,” in metallic black, ceramic white AND cherry-blossom. Pricing will be announced at a later date.

Source: TheUnwired

Dustin Earley: Tech enthusiast; avid gamer; all around jolly guy.

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  • ralphwiggum1

    Specs scream RAZR.

    • http://mihai.discuta-liber.com/ tmihai20

      The specs are good, but not better than Mi-One. We’ll know more when we see the price (Mi-One costs 300 USD).

      • fulaman

        The mi-one has been out for some time now in China, and the specs are worse. The specs of the mi-one are similar to HTC dual-core phones as it uses a Qualcomm 3rd generation processor.

        • http://mihai.discuta-liber.com/ tmihai20

          So if it has a Qualcomm SoC the performance would be worse? Can you say dual recovery? Mi-One is a very good phone for its price, this is what I wanted to say.

          • fulaman

            Qualcomm makes worse processors than TI and Samsung. There is no arguing that.

    • Jeff Pan

      If it is ICS 4.0 why does the picture show 3 hardware buttons?

      • Sam G

        Because hardware buttons don’t steal screen real estate. ICS doesn’t ‘require’ software buttons because it is, as you know, an open source OS.

    • LukeT32

      But with VANILLA ICS! Woot!

  • Bryan Stoner

    Dang I woke up in the future. This is awesome!

  • dpleus

    Looking at the specs, these could be a good phone, but I wonder what US carrier(s) will be carrying this device.

    • Paul

      I think T-Mobile. They’ve generally been the most Huawei friendly.

    • Paul

      So if T-Mobile. The Galaxy S II is MSRP of like $550-$600 but you can pick them up used on craigslist for like $350-$400. I think you can get the Galaxy S II for $150-$200 with contract.

      So if this phones MSRP is $400 I imagine you’d be able can pick them up for $250 on craigslist and $150 with contract. I’d pay $250 for this, drop a Simple Mobile chip into it, and call it a day.

  • Nathan D.

    Sweet phone

  • http://www.jaxidian.org/update/ jaxidian

    Hmm, I’m liking this!

    Standard top-of-the-line hardware: check
    Nice screen: good but could be 720p
    ICS: check
    Vanilla Android: check
    Unlocked: TBD

    Only thing missing is LTE support but a winning 3G device is still a winner today on GSM networks!

  • Futureboy

    They may have started as low-end manufacturers, but they really seem to keep stepping it up. I’m hoping that Huawei becomes one of the leading handset manufacturers and continues to push devices with vanilla android.

  • http://droidsamurai.blogspot.com DroidSamurai

    Super AMOLED, no Plus? PenTile at this size of screen?


    very very nice indeed.. stock ice cream sandwich with those specs.. bug thumbs up

  • http://luggagedesigners.com Mike Hanel

    never thought I’d say this but that Huawei looks sexy :P

  • http://pixelswim.com Steve Heinrich

    Very cool phone/specs. Hope it really is stock 4.0. Also hope that people don’t get paper cuts holding it.

  • Trinhbo

    It seems like a pretty cool phone. Hope they price it low enough to get a steady following which may compel other manufacturers to sell stock Android phones.

    I wonder though if the phone would be *too* thin to hold. I know my Samsung Galaxy SII sometimes is a bit hard to hold and operate with one hand because it’s a little wide but almost too thin to hold firmly while pushing buttons. Sometimes that little extra thickness of the phone makes it feel a little more comfortable in the hand.

  • spazby

    not bad at all… Huawei has come a long way…

  • fulaman

    It truly does sound like a Droid Razr

  • thekaz

    Nice specs, but I am not sure I want a phone I feel I could snap at any moment. My Nexus with the extended battery makes me nervous enough…

  • AsakuraZero

    this new phones are setting mark on price and specs, hope this pushes competitiveness between manufacturers we need more designs like this huawei~ they look sexy

  • Wilson Lara

    Looking good. Has a lot going for it.
    But i thought ICS phones weren’t supposed to have buttons.

    • Trinhbo

      They still can if the manufacturer continues to use them. The virtual buttons aren’t displayed though in that case.

  • JLix

    I have the nexus, and yes it’s cool to have a thin phone, but its border line too thin to have a good feel in my hand. Not sure I would personally want anything thinner than that. Seems to twist easy in my hand and always worried i am going to drop it.

  • Oskar Wismierski

    VANILLA ICS! If they keep delivering updates fast then it’s gotta be a winner

  • slurms mckenzie

    no they scream galaxy nexus. same gpu and cpu but the cpu is clocked higher and the ffc even shoots 720p like the nexus

  • stenzor

    Sad that it’s not 720p.. so close

  • fatspirit

    Nice is specs but hard to hold [by one hand, at least for me]. And I wonder how long will their batteries last on one charge without JuiceDefender-like tricks?

  • yankeesusa

    There are some great phones coming out this year. If the price is right I may give a phone other than htc a try. Although nexus and nfc are really calling me. Hopefully more phones will start having nfc chip.

  • Hall Lo

    Very nice try Huawei, it does in fact looks pretty sexy

  • _Diego

    69mm for the P1 7 is a little thick, wouldn’t you say? :-)

    And on the phone: this looks very promising! Can’t wait for the reviews.

  • Ash

    Looks very similar to Galaxy S2, when you have a-look at the back bit > http://www.oled-info.com/files/images/Huawei-ascend-p1-s.jpg