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Huawei Ascend P1 Review

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Interface and Functionality:

You’d be surprised to hear this, but it’s precisely Huawei that might have found the golden ratio between a stock Android Ice Cream Sandwich interface as Google intended it, and manufacturer overlays. Simple - it is stock ICS by default but provides a variety of easy to switch themes to differentiate itself if you are so inclined.

There are three 2D “themes” you can choose from – the default stock ICS, then we have Breeze and Dusk, each one with different color scheme, icon art and above all - icon size - so there is something for even the most visually challenged. The underlying stock apps have the same appearance on all, just the homescreen dockand main menu icons change. There is also a 3D interface, which rotates homescreens and menu pages like in a cube, so all grounds are covered.

We liked that Huawei hasn't installed much if any bloatware. It just made a handy “Tools” folder for the homescreen, which nests the calculator, a flashlight app and so on, and also supplied a file browser, simple Notes app and an Office docs viewer. The only other app partnerships seem to be Music+, which adds Folder view to the music player, and SoundCloud.

The Huawei Ascend P1 comes with Android Ice Cream Sandwich - Huawei Ascend P1 Review
The Huawei Ascend P1 comes with Android Ice Cream Sandwich - Huawei Ascend P1 Review
The Huawei Ascend P1 comes with Android Ice Cream Sandwich - Huawei Ascend P1 Review
The Huawei Ascend P1 comes with Android Ice Cream Sandwich - Huawei Ascend P1 Review
The Huawei Ascend P1 comes with Android Ice Cream Sandwich - Huawei Ascend P1 Review
The Huawei Ascend P1 comes with Android Ice Cream Sandwich - Huawei Ascend P1 Review
The Huawei Ascend P1 comes with Android Ice Cream Sandwich - Huawei Ascend P1 Review
The Huawei Ascend P1 comes with Android Ice Cream Sandwich - Huawei Ascend P1 Review

The Huawei Ascend P1 comes with Android Ice Cream Sandwich


Thanks to the narrow elongated profile and the excellent Android ICS keyboard, typing with one hand on the Huawei Ascend P1 is easier than on most 4.3-inchers. Your thumb reaches across the on-screen keyboard with relative ease, and its nice light blue theme is catchy.

The Android ICS keyboard - Huawei Ascend P1 Review
The Android ICS keyboard - Huawei Ascend P1 Review

The Android ICS keyboard



Processor and Memory:

A 1.5GHz dual-core Texas Instruments OMAP4460 processor is nothing to sniff at, and that's what powers the Huawei Ascend P1 with ease. The simple UI flies with it, and only the PowerVR SGX540 GPU can't measure up to Samsung's Mali-400 or the new Qualcomm Adreno 225 graphics processors. It is still a very capable PowerVR GPU, though, so you won't have troubles playing anything you throw at it.

The phone hosts 1GB of RAM and 4GB of internal memory, of which only 2GB and change can be used for files, pics and videos, but thankfully you get an easily accessible microSD slot to add more.


Quadrant Standard AnTuTu NenaMark 2
Huawei Ascend P1 3562 6145 36,4
Samsung Galaxy S III 5335 12016 58,6
HTC One X 4848 11024 47,4
Samsung Galaxy Note 3871 6409 40,9


Internet and Connectivity:

The stock ICS browser runs smooth as silk on the Ascend P1, powered by the TI OMAP processor. Scrolling, pinching to zoom and panning around are all quite fluid, and text reflow takes a split second to fit the article in the screen width for easier reading.

The stock ICS browser runs smooth as silk on the Huawei Ascend P1 - Huawei Ascend P1 Review
The stock ICS browser runs smooth as silk on the Huawei Ascend P1 - Huawei Ascend P1 Review
The stock ICS browser runs smooth as silk on the Huawei Ascend P1 - Huawei Ascend P1 Review
The stock ICS browser runs smooth as silk on the Huawei Ascend P1 - Huawei Ascend P1 Review

The stock ICS browser runs smooth as silk on the Huawei Ascend P1


Good news for all Huawei Ascend P1 owners is that the phone is pentaband, meaning it will download stuff with up to 21Mbps on just any GSM network worldwide, including T-Mobile in the US. It also comes with a rich set of connectivity options – Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, A-GPS, FM Radio and DLNA, which has a dedicated app to manage the streaming media. It doesn't sport NFC, but nobody is likely to cry over this, are they?

MHL comes standard to fuse the microUSB and HDMI ports in one, in case you want TV-out with the good old cable.

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posted on 01 Jun 2012, 06:18 8

1. kshell1 (Posts: 1141; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


If priced correctly it could be a device worth the look for some people. Not for me I target the highest end phones.

posted on 01 Jun 2012, 07:28 2

2. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2964; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


The back still looks Chinese-y...no offence!!
But it looks sleek none the less.

posted on 01 Jun 2012, 07:43 2

3. dax0330 (Posts: 23; Member since: 01 Jun 2012)


Gs2 rip off..

posted on 01 Jun 2012, 07:53 4

4. Mittal (Posts: 426; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)


And GS2 is iPhone ripoff!

posted on 01 Jun 2012, 08:15 7

6. kshell1 (Posts: 1141; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


Considering it looks nothing like the iphone it must really be a rip off >.>

posted on 01 Jun 2012, 07:53 2

5. ardent1 (Posts: 1983; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


Daniel, "hua" is pronounced "hwa" with an "h".

posted on 01 Jun 2012, 13:46

8. raymond513 (Posts: 12; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


Yeah, he's right

posted on 14 Jun 2012, 10:10

13. nicholassss (Posts: 344; Member since: 10 May 2012)


the average american probably wont be able to pronounce it. IF they ever blow up stateside everyone will be saying "howie" I'm sure.

posted on 01 Jun 2012, 13:18 1

7. JayRaj (Posts: 54; Member since: 31 Oct 2010)


Just 7 for such a device?! I've seriously started doubting u guys' rating...

posted on 01 Jun 2012, 13:50 1

9. bobsen (Posts: 1; Member since: 01 Jun 2012)


Thanks for the review. Were all the photos taken with default settings? I would like to see some photos with the saturation turned up.

posted on 01 Jun 2012, 20:49 1

10. slaggyb (Posts: 167; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


This is a very capable phone for power users and it got stock ICS with a pentaband 3G frequency how many phones currently in the market can boast of that? Apart from the limited internal memory and a high price of 500bucks this indeed is a well buit and equipped phone....Good job Huawei atleast when your newer and higher end phones with HD resolution are released later on this year it be able to compete with the likes of the SAMSUNG GALAXY S iii and the HTC ONE X....

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 07:13

11. Utipod (Posts: 1; Member since: 02 Jun 2012)


How long before Apple sues them for building a rectangle?

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 19:36

12. groupsacc (Posts: 232; Member since: 28 Feb 2012)


Better not say anything bad about this device, allotta chinese around here

posted on 17 Jun 2012, 10:57

14. dysokha (Posts: 1; Member since: 17 Jun 2012)


Could you show the price and how can I buy it?

posted on 22 Jun 2012, 02:37

15. avivaus (Posts: 1; Member since: 22 Jun 2012)


is the ascend p1 have OTG?
and it is flash supported?

posted on 12 Jul 2012, 08:56

16. TechnoViel (Posts: 3; Member since: 12 Jul 2012)


Nice Review, nice phone - if the price drops I'll surely consider it for a buy!
One question: I see the mcro-SD slot is externally accessible... can you change the SD card without shutting down the phone? USB OTG would also be nice to know...

@avivaus: Flash ist still available, but Adobe is withdrawing the app from the play store (I think July 15th - so very soon!) and will not support Android 4.1 / Jelly Bean. But this apply to any Android phone!

posted on 26 Jul 2012, 02:38

17. eekiguy (Posts: 1; Member since: 26 Jul 2012)


TechnoViel @ I cant get OTG working on my P1 with the cable i have, but the SD slot is good enough, dont like to keep a cable in my pocket anyw.

I feel some of the US reviews are way to negative on Huawei, i dont know if its cos of high pricing in US or they just dont like Chinese phone brands giving other big players a though competition.

The P1 is a great phone for this price, in China for about 315-375USD, i dont see any other phone come near this price tag with its specs.

Did a search and found it for 369USD + shipping from hotmid:
http://hotmid.com/huawei-ascend-p1-4-3-inch-super-amoled-android-4-0-mobile-phone.html

posted on 26 Jul 2012, 07:31

18. TechnoViel (Posts: 3; Member since: 12 Jul 2012)


@eekiguy: Thanks for your reply. What a pity about OTG, but you're right, the microSD slot partly makes up for that. I might start using microSD cards in my camaera, so I can bump these into the phone and send some shots home ;-)

Here in Europe it's still at ~385 EUR, that's >450USD :-(
Still a very nice phone :)
(I'm planning to review it against Xperia P and One S on www.technoviel.de, but wait for confirmation on the test units)

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 04:12

19. gauravb (Posts: 2; Member since: 10 Sep 2013)


Can u tell me the available ram (free and used)

posted on 10 Sep 2013, 06:15

20. TechnoViel (Posts: 3; Member since: 12 Jul 2012)


These numbers depend extremely on which apps are running, what the phone is currently doing - I don\'t think quoting a number here would make any sense...

posted on 11 Sep 2013, 11:13

21. gauravb (Posts: 2; Member since: 10 Sep 2013)


i mean to say when we boot first time or after clearing the ram then how much it show used and free

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Huawei Ascend P1

Huawei Ascend P1

OS: Android 4.0.3
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Display4.3 inches, 540 x 960 pixels (256 ppi) Super AMOLED
Camera8 megapixels
Hardware
TI OMAP4460, Dual core, 1500 MHz
1024 MB RAM
Size5.02 x 2.55 x 0.30 inches
(127.4 x 64.8 x 7.7 mm)
3.88 oz  (110 g)

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