Huawei Ascend P1 S
An important competitor on the phones market
Chinese manufacturer Huawei has spent these past months following current trends. Especially what HTC has released as new smartphones. From this attentive scrutiny was born Ascend P1 S. Even our first impressions about this device told us how much it cares for performance, design and all that’s needed in a smartphone. But beyond looks, beyond specs and beyond performance is something else. This is up until now the thinnest phone in its generation. And if Samsung or other major brands won’t get up from their sleep, this model might very well be the thinnest from now on. We’ll analyze the device in this review.
Very thin design
Huawei still remains not so famous as Apple, HTC and other big sellers. But it tries hard to obtain that sort of recognition. And the Ascend P1 S is their continuous effort. If they keep at it, they might soon reach among the top smartphone producers.
This smartphone will be seen by consumers as a very bold move coming from such a rookie. But it’s always good to push your limits, because the outcome can be beyond your wildest dreams. And it looks like that for Huawei. The Ascend P1 S joined its P1 sibling when they were both revealed in Las Vegas this year during the annual CES event. The thickness of this revelation is 6.68. So far it seems that its the best dimension there is. Even the Samsung Galaxy S2 is not as thick as this phone. Thinness is also amazing. Hopefully it won’t be beaten by whatever new model will launch afterwards; because in this rhythm, Huawei might lose the battle. The usual black color sported by 99,9% of smartphones is also on this Ascend P1 S. But if you get bored with it – as you’re probably bound to -, you can choose from five back plates colored in different hues. Among them is also a see-through cover.
Corning Gorilla Glass display
The 4.3″ touchscreen is covered in Corning Gorilla Glass. That, as is already internationally known, prevents a display from getting scratches, bumps and other damaging effects. The resolution of this touchscreen is 540 x 960 pixels.
A 1.5GHz dual-core TI OMAP 4460 Cortex A9 is the smartphone’s processor. It features a RAM of 1GB. These impressive specs will give one the impression of sitting crammed inside the phone. But take it from us: in our tests, the device didn’t implode because of them. And it won’t, it’s only a first impression. Oh, and another thing to add to that “bulk”: 4GB of storage space.
Powered by Android 4.0
The Huawei Ascend P1 S is big enough to house a big battery of 1,800mAh. But one which you won’t be able to remove.
The Internet is close at hand once you use either of the following: DLNA, Wi-Fi or Bluetooth 3.0. Standard connectivity is via one MHL-HDMI socket. This one is open to a microUSB cable or a HDMI cable.
1080p high-definition videos are shot with the help of an 8MP camera. Video calls can be made with a 1.3MP camera sitting on the phone’s front.
The operating system is, naturally, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Whose main pro is how easy it is to customize. You can download all sorts of apps directly from the Android App Market.
With this Ascend P1 S, Huawei is bent on proving that its smartphones should also be considered as good opponents by other, more famous, manufacturers.