Huawei Ascend P1 (unlocked)

The Good The snappily designed Huawei Ascend P1 has Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, an 8-megapixel camera, and full HD video support.

The Bad The Ascend P1's camera and call quality fail to live up to their promise.

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.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 8.0
  • Features 7.0
  • Performance 7.0
7.3 Overall

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Review

Huawei Ascend P1 (unlocked)

The Huawei Ascend P1 turned a few heads when it first debuted at CES. We CNET editors nodded in approval at the high-contrast black-and-white design; the sharp angles and stylized curves; andthe Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich software, which was seen less than expected at the January electronics show. Huawei also imbued its P-for-Platinum-level smartphone with enviable specs that include a speedy dual-core processor, an 8-megapixel camera, and support for HSPA+ speeds.

While the Ascend P1 certainly has the check boxes marked, not everything lived up to expectations, like the camera. For between $500 and $800 and zero optimization for a U.S. carrier, the Ascend P1 is an unrealistic choice for most U.S. consumers; however, I love seeing Huawei take design risks -- and succeed in that respect.

Design
Sharp edges. Stark black-on-white contrast. A deep, unexpected curve. Looking at the Ascend P1 reminds me of a celebrity's very designer, very minimalist tuxedo. There's the glossy black front that stretches across the phone's face and plunges over the top and bottom in a plastic waterfall. The Ascend P1's spines and back are equally shiny white plastic with interesting contours that are designed to keep it to a seriously slim 0.3-inch waistline while still giving the camera module space.

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Specs / Prices

  • Brand Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
  • Service Provider Unlocked
  • Diagonal Size 4.3 in
  • Weight 3.88 oz
  • Sensors Accelerometer, ambient light sensor, proximity sensor, digital compass, G-sensor
  • Technology WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM
  • Additional Features DLNA Certified
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