Its ultrathin -- 0.27 inch thin, no joke -- and stylized white-on-black design is the Ascend P1's beauty that matches the brawn of its dual-core processor, 8-megapixel camera, and a cutting-edge Android Ice Cream Sandwich OS. I haven't been able to give the phone a thorough examination yet, but based on the features list and what we saw in January, I'd go so far as to call it the Huawei superphone that the U.S., which rarely sees Huawei's top of the line, had always hoped Huawei had in it.
In other words, there's good reason why the "P" in the Ascend P1 stands for Platinum-series. (D, stands for Diamond, by the way, as in the Huawei Ascend D Quad unveiled at Mobile World Congress in February.)
Although there's no official word on a U.S. release schedule, the penta-band Ascend P1 should work on T-Mobile and AT&T's networks just fine.
Stay tuned to CNET for more details about this unlocked penta-band phone, which is expected to hit the Pacific Rim in the coming weeks, followed by Europe and Latin America.