Huawei Ascend P1 lands in U.S. for $450 at Amazon

The device comes with a super AMOLED 4.3-inch screen and, at 7.69 mm thick, is one of the thinnest smartphones currently available.

Huawei Ascend P1
Huawei Ascend P1 CBS Interactive

Huawei's Ascend P1 smartphone has finally landed in the U.S.

The device, which made its debut at the Consumer Electronics Show last year and cleared regulatory hurdles all the way back in May , is available starting today on Amazon for $449. At that price, consumers will get it unlocked and be able to run it on AT&T or T-Mobile networks.

The handset comes with a 4.3-inch super AMOLED dislpay and 8-megapixel camera. The Ascend P1 is 7.69 mm thick, making it just slightly thicker than Apple's iPhone 5. The Android-based handset also comes with a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), and 5.1-channel Dolby Surround Sound support.

Huawei's device is one of the few high-end products from the company to actually make its way to the States. In most cases, Huawei's higher-end products never make it here.

In a review of the Ascend P1 earlier this year , CNET editor Jessica Dolcourt awarded the handset three-and-a-half stars out of five, or a "very good" rating. Dolcourt liked the device's "great specs and striking design," but thought that its camera and call quality caused it to fall "short of its potential."

Read the full CNET Review

Huawei Ascend P1 (unlocked)

The Bottom Line: Huawei's Ascend P1 takes a step in the premium direction with great specs and a striking design, but it ultimately falls short of its potential. / Read full review

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