Huawei jumps on the thin bandwagon with the Ascend P1, P1S

It seems like we hear this superlative every week, but the world's thinnest dual-core smartphone made its debut at CES 2012, courtesy of Huawei.

Huawei Ascend P1
The Ascend P1 is one of two Android smartphones introduced by Huawei at CES 2012. Bonnie Cha/CNET

LAS VEGAS--Stop me if you've heard this before, but the world's thinnest smartphone just made its debut at CES 2012 today, as Huawei introduced the Ascend P1S and the Ascend P1.

The Ascend P1S measures in at just 6.68mm thick, making it the slimmest dual-core smartphone in the world (for now). The Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich device offers a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED (960x540 pixels) touch screen with Corning Gorilla glass, a 1.5GHz dual-core TI OMAP 4460 Cortex A9 processor, an 8-megapixel camera with backlight illuminated sensor and 1080p HD video capture, and a front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera.

The Ascend P1 is a hair thicker at 7.69mm, but this allows for a larger 1,800mAh battery compared with the P1S's 1,670mAh battery. The P1 has the same features as the P1S, including 1GB RAM, 4GB ROM, 5.1 surround sound, and Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, and DLNA support.

Both quad-band GSM phones are expected to be available in North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Middle East in April 2012. However, pricing and carrier partnerships were not announced at this time.

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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Bonnie Cha is chief correspondent for Crave, covering every kind of tech toy imaginable (with a special obsession for robots and Star Wars-related stuff). When she's not scoping out stories, you can find her checking out live music or surfing in the chilly waters of Northern California.



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