Huawei has gained itself quite a reputation of late for producing good quality budget handsets. But the Chinese manufacturer has decided to step things up a gear with the Ascend P1 device, and hopes to use it to break into the high-end mobile market.
Huawei Ascend P1
How does this device match up to the super smartphone standards set by mega manufacturers such as Samsung and Apple, or is Huawei better off sticking to what they do best the lower end of the market?
Display and build
At first glance the Huawei Ascend P1 looks miles apart from the previous budget models offered up by the company, such as the Blaze. It feels lightweight in the hand, weighing in at 110 grams, however when combined with its plastic chassis it can feel somewhat flimsy. and cheap rather than being a plus point.
Huawei has also made great claims about the device being one of the slimmest on the market, and although this is true if you measure the thinnest point at 7.7mm, the chin on the rear of the Ascend P1 actually takes its thickness to 8.5mm. Nevertheless the phone feels slender enough to sit in the hand comfortably, and slides into pockets with ease.
One of the key reasons to buy this device would be the handset’s ability to switch to a pure Android Ice Cream Sandwich operating system interface. This means you won’t have to contend with any pesky meddling by the manufacturers and can experience the Ice Cream Sandwich OS exactly how Google intended it to be, minus any uninspiring user interface interference.
That’s not to say that the Huawei UI is bad, it’s pretty innocuous and there isn’t that much difference between it and pure stock Android, but lovers of the little green robot will definitely be pleased to be able to make their own choice.
The 8 megapixel snapper sported by the Ascend P1 promises big things, but in practicse fails to deliver top notch snaps that can rival those produced by the likes of the Xperia S. Camera snobs with an avid interest in photography may find the photos and 1080p video recording a little grainy and lacking in vivid colour, but for the average user wanting to take social snaps on the go it will do the job just fine. and dandy.
One area where the handset does excel is the Dolby Mobile Sound, which adds depth to the audio meaning all your music tracks sound even better. The Movie Studio app is really cool too, allowing the user to add music and effects to their videos to give them a Tarrantino tinge.
Huawei has got some way to go yet before they can pull a device out of the bag to rival the Samsung Galaxy S III, but the Ascend P1 is definitely a step in the right direction. There’s speculation that the Chinese corporation is focussing its efforts more on the quad-core Ascend D Quad, and so the Ascend P1 may just be a stepping stone between Huawei’s budget devices and the D Quad.
However, there has been significant improvements made from previous Huawei handsets, and if camera tech isn’t one of your main concerns and you’re looking for something a little different, then the rest of the great functionality and the display offered by the Ascend P1 makes it great alternative option to more prominent Smartphone’s.
Huawei Ascend P1 Video Review
This guest post was written by Phones 4u writer Abbi Cox.
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