[CES 2012] Huawei Shocks with Ascend P1 S: World’s Slimmest Smartphone

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Huawei Ascend P1 S
Huawei Ascend P1 S

Huawei Ascend P1 S. Image source: theunwired

China’s Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, the world’s second largest telecom equipment maker revealed a shocker at CES 2012. Huawei unveiled the Ascend P1 S, officially the world’s thinnest smartphone, beating the already ultra thin Motorola Droid RAZR and Samsung GALAXY S II.

If there’s one thing to know, is that the Chinese, as shown by companies like Huawei and ZTE, learn and catch up fast. The gap between them and frontrunners like Samsung and Apple are decreasing at an astonishing pace. Enter the Ascend P1 – a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED (yes, you heard right) super phone which supports 960 x 540 pixel resolution and sports the mighty 1.5Ghz TI OMAP 4460 dual-core Cortex-A9 processor with SGX 540 graphics. It will be packed with 1GB of RAM and 4GB of ROM. The superphone will come with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

The Huawei Ascend P1 S measures an unbelievable 6.68mm, while its younger sibling Ascend P1 is lightly thicker at 7.69mm. From official photography, the form factor does resemble the Droid RAZR in exterior outlook. The Ascend P1 S sports an 8MP camera on the rear with support for 1080p video recording. Like Apple’s iPhone 4S, it is a backside-illuminated (BSI) camera. On the front there is a 1.3MP camera for video chats.

Connectivity-wise, both smartphones support quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE and pentaband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA, WiFi b/g/n and Bluetooth 3.0 HS. Despite its scant dimensions, Huawei has managed to squeeze an 1800mAh battery, which is quite a mean feat.

No pricing revealed as yet but the smartphone is expected to be available in Europe, Asia Pacific, North America, Australia, Middle East and China in Q2 2012. Available in metallic black, ceramic white and cherry-blossom.

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Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, is the world’s second-largest telecom equipment maker and China’s largest telephone-network equipment maker. Huawei also produces and sells a variety of devices under its own name, such as the IDEOS smartphones and tablet PCs. Recent products include U8800, E220, Ascend, U7519, and U8150. In 2010, Huawei Devices shipped 120 million devices around the world. 30 million cell phones, of which 3.3 million units were smartphones. Huawei’s Devices division grew 24.4% in 2010 to record US$4.7 billion revenue.

Source: theunwired, Wikipedia

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  • baklava

    so when’s apple suing these guys? 😀

  • Kevin Tan Hong Ann

    Very impressive and comparable with the Galaxy Nexus. Hopefully they don’t customize the Android 4.0 skin too much. 

    • I’ll judge when I touch and feel it. Build quality, if from what we see from the likes of fellow China-based ZTE, then it will fall on price-specs alone. Not to much ’emotion’ involved 🙂