Huawei Ascend P1 starts global roll-out in May
Flagship device release details get official
Published: 23 April, 2012
As expected Huawei has announced the availability of its Ascend P1 as it gets ready to begin its global rollout. Launched at CES back in January the phone-maker has stayed true to its word on a Q2 release with Hong Kong, Taiwan and Australia set to get it next month. It sees the announcement as a big milestone in its quest to become a "consumer-facing brand" and the handset is a pretty decent offering which should raise awareness of the Huawei name.
Underneath a 4.3" AMOLED qHD display the Ascend P1 packs a 1.5GHz dual-core TI OMAP 4460 Cortext-A9 processor backed up by 1GB of RAM. Internal memory weighs in at a low 4GB but a microSD card slot is included for expansion and it also features the familiar combination of a rear-facing 8mp camera and a front-facing 1.3mp camera. Powering it all is a 1670mAh battery and it's going to be running Android 4.0 right out the box.
Following on from the initial three markets Latin America is set to get it in June and Europe is given the more vague window of "from summer". Other markets, if the US is going to be a part of them is unknown at the moment, are going to get it as well though the availability in these places has yet to be confirmed. Last month saw reports that the handset is going to ship with 4G LTE connectivity but there's no mention of this in the announcement and the P1 still seems to be the 3G handset that was originally launched.
While the when is no longer a mystery the question of price is still open as Huawei has yet to reveal how much it's going to cost. With some attractive but mid-range specs it shouldn't be too high, especially if it wants to win over customers who prefer other brands. With the first of the P1s getting released in May though it shouldn't be long before a price tag is revealed.