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Huawei Ascend P1 Review

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Camera:

The camera interface is pretty simple, yet packed with features like HDR shots, face detection and Group mode, as well as a number of scene presets. It sports a rich number of pic and video effects, and a very entertaining face distortion regime, where you can choose from six warping effects to apply on your friends' faces.

Camera interface - Huawei Ascend P1 Review
Camera interface - Huawei Ascend P1 Review
Camera interface - Huawei Ascend P1 Review
Camera interface - Huawei Ascend P1 Review
Camera interface - Huawei Ascend P1 Review
Camera interface - Huawei Ascend P1 Review
Camera interface - Huawei Ascend P1 Review
Camera interface - Huawei Ascend P1 Review
Camera interface - Huawei Ascend P1 Review
Camera interface - Huawei Ascend P1 Review
Camera interface - Huawei Ascend P1 Review
Camera interface - Huawei Ascend P1 Review

Camera interface


The pictures from the 8MP module with dual LED flash are nothing breathtaking, but it came out as a decent camera nonetheless, especially when we consider the zero shutter lag and Burst shot modes made possible by the Android ICS camera API and the fast dual-core processor.

Outdoor samples taken with the Huawei Ascend P1 - Huawei Ascend P1 Review
Outdoor samples taken with the Huawei Ascend P1 - Huawei Ascend P1 Review
Outdoor samples taken with the Huawei Ascend P1 - Huawei Ascend P1 Review
Outdoor samples taken with the Huawei Ascend P1 - Huawei Ascend P1 Review
Outdoor samples taken with the Huawei Ascend P1 - Huawei Ascend P1 Review
Outdoor samples taken with the Huawei Ascend P1 - Huawei Ascend P1 Review

Outdoor samples taken with the Huawei Ascend P1


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Medium - Indoor samples - Huawei Ascend P1 Review
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Darkness with flash - Indoor samples - Huawei Ascend P1 Review

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Indoor samples


The colors are a bit colder and photos often get overexposed, overshadowing a good level of detail  and decent sharpness without much noise. You can up the contrast and saturation one notch in the settings for more eye-appealing results.

The 1080p video capture looks again a bit bland in terms of color representation, but it takes in a decent level of detail and is recorded with smooth 30fps, plus you get a somewhat nervous continuous autofocus.

Huawei Ascend P1 Sample Video:



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Multimedia:

As we said, the music player is stock ICS with some equalizers and sound modes, and Huawei only added Music+, provided that you want to run your music from categorized folders with some fancier visualizations.

The handset features the Dolby Mobile technology, which works in loudspeaker mode as well, but since the unit itself is pretty average in terms of sound output, it doesn't do much good unless you plug in a pair of quality headphones.

The music player - Huawei Ascend P1 Review
The music player - Huawei Ascend P1 Review
The music player - Huawei Ascend P1 Review
The music player - Huawei Ascend P1 Review
The music player - Huawei Ascend P1 Review
The music player - Huawei Ascend P1 Review
The music player - Huawei Ascend P1 Review
The music player - Huawei Ascend P1 Review

The music player


The video player doesn't cover DivX/Xvid files out of the box, only runs them with software acceleration, so you'd have to hit the Play Store for those. MPEG-4s play up to 1080p without a hitch. Google's own Movie Studio app is provided to take care of video editing, if needed.

Video player - Huawei Ascend P1 Review
Video player - Huawei Ascend P1 Review

Video player



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posted on 01 Jun 2012, 06:18 8

1. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; 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: 2993; 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: 427; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)


And GS2 is iPhone ripoff!

posted on 01 Jun 2012, 08:15 7

6. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; 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: 1991; 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: 348; 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: 188; 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: 2; 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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