Published: 17 January, 2012
Among the handsets unveiled at CES last week were two offerings from Huawei, the Ascend P1 and Ascend P1 S. While the Ascend P1 is essentially the same phone with a bigger battery there are now reports it's getting LTE connectivity as well. A 4G radio would be an attractive feature on a list of already solid specs and make it one of the most impressive devices that Huawei has offered in the US under its own name.
Key features of the Ascend P1 are said to include a 4.3" super AMOLED qHD display, 1.5GHz dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM. It should also find itself with an 8mp camera on the rear, a front-facing 1.3mp camera and a 2000mAh battery. Topping it all of is Ice Cream Sandwich which will come pre-installed.
The news that it's going to feature an LTE radio comes via Japanese website Blog of Mobile which also posted a picture of device. If genuine it indicates that the Ascend P1 will look significantly different from the P1 S.
However the spec sheet for the P1 S is basically the same as the P1 and it's main features include a 4.3" display, 1.5GHz dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM. The battery isn't as big at 1670mAh but then it won't have the burden of powering an LTE radio. The handset has the distinction being one of the thinnest smartphones out there at the moment, and the thinnest in the US, at 6.68mm something which the P1 can't claim at 7.69mm with its larger battery.
There's no indication yet if any carrier's in the US have plans to sell the handsets but Huawei will be releasing them in North America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Australia and China in Q2.