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Huawei Ascend P1 Review

Huawei Ascend P1

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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

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

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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.

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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 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


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Huawei Ascend P1

Huawei Ascend P1

OS: Android 4.0.3
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PhoneArena rating:
7Good
Display4.3 inches, 540 x 960 pixels (256 ppi) Super AMOLED
Camera8 megapixels
Hardware
TI OMAP4460, Dual-core, 1500 MHz
1 GB 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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