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Huawei Ascend P1 review: A step in the right direction

The Huawei Ascend P1 can't quite compete against the best of the best, but it'll give a positive Android 4.0 boost to the brand's global image.

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Huawei and "premium" don't often appear in the same sentence when you're looking at the company's smartphone history in the U.S. Yet, the unlocked, global version of the Huawei Ascend P1 offers a glimmer of hope in its eye-catching black-on-white design, its 4.3-inch Super AMOLED screen, and higher-reaching camera specs.

While the P1 is a good step, Huawei will still face plenty of competition at this level, including from the HTC One X and Samsung Galaxy S III, global front-runners with quad-core chips in their international models, excellent screens, and highly competitive cameras.

Huawei's Android 4.0 attempt isn't quite there, but it's a promising device for Huawei, especially if the manufacturer were to land a carrier partner here in the U.S.

Watch the video, see the pictures and camera test, and read the pros and cons in my full Huawei Ascend P1 review.