Huawei have announced the world’s slimmest dual core smart phone at CES 2012.
Huawei, the Chinese information and communications technology provider (and manufacturer of phones), have unleashed their latest handset at CES 2012 – the gorgeous dual core Ascend P1 S.
Now let’s be honest here, most handsets from Huawei don’t exactly set the world on fire – Huawei were firmly in budget handset territory. However, The Ascend P1 S is something completely different, being a high-end dual core device that also claims to be “the world’s thinnest smartphone” at a super-svelte 6.68mm thick. The release of such a device has come as a surprise given Huawei’s previous budget models, such as the Huawei Blaze – not a bad little phone if you were looking for a cheap Android device, but definitely nothing to write home about.
Under The Hood
Looking at its specs, the P1 S sports a huge 4.3 inch qHD Super AMOLED display with an eye watering 960 x 540 resolution, said to produce producing stunning, crystal clear visuals. Under the hood (warning – indecipherable alpha-numeric bits coming up), as well as the 1.5GHz dual-core TI OMAP 4460 Cortex A9 processor and the SGX 540 graphics chip, the P1 S also comes with 1GB RAM on board. Expect this smartphone to be super smooth and responsive with a spec like this.
On the operating system front, Huawei are bang up to date with the P1 S sporting Google’s latest Android incarnation – 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
The P1 S also sports an 8 megapixel camera as well as the ability to shoot 1080p HD video – nothing to write home about really as these specs are pretty standard nowadays. However, there is also a front facing 1.3 megapixel camera which is great considering most front facing cameras are only of VGA quality.
Music and sound is becoming more important in the high end smart phone wars. Appropriately, the P1 S comes equipped with Dolby Mobile 3.0 as well as 5.1 surround sound – an impressive sounding setup given Dolby’s involvement – but as we haven’t actually heard it in the flesh, we’ll reserve judgement.
Poor battery life of high end smartphones has been a bugbear for many – including myself. Thankfully Huawei have taken note and battery life on the P1 S is said to be better in fact than most. Huawei is claiming that its 1800mAh battery will provide a 30 percent increase in battery life compared with similar, high-end phones. A welcome relief.
On the down side on-board storage is somewhat of a let-down at a meagre 4GB, however, stick a microSD card in the relevant slot and you can have yourself up to 68GB.
So, Huawei have well and truly entered the high-end smartphone arena and it appears that they have a winner on their hands with the Ascend P1 S. Great looks, super responsive and the all-important unique selling point of “world’s slimmest smartphone” mean the Huawei should be onto a winner here – provided the price is right!