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Huawei Ascend P1 Review

Huawei Ascend P1

Posted: , by Daniel P.


Call quality and battery:

Huawei Ascend P1 Review
Call quality is about average, with slightly digitized voices in the earpiece, but enough volume. The other side said we sounded fairly clean and loud, but a bit distant and hollow.

The battery module is with the decent 1670mAh capacity, considering the screen is not HD, and the TI OMAP processor has a pretty intelligent throttling system that ensures meager consumption at stand-by. Huawei doesn't quote talk times, but we found the battery to reach a long way in everyday usage.


Huawei is certainly on the right track with the Ascend P1 – it is thin, light and stylish on the exterior, while capable on the interior with its dual-core processor. Some tradeoffs are introduced to seal its mid-range faith, like a non-HD screen and 4GB of internal memory, but the Super AMOLED screen is great for watching videos, there is a microSD slot for expansion, and the sealed battery is with quite the endurance, so these are minor quibbles.

We really liked what Huawei did with ICS, leaving the stock Android interface as default, but adding a few easy to switch to light themes for those who want some variety, including a 3D UI. It also abstained from adding bloatware, but rather preinstalled only useful basics.

We'd like to see a bit more capable camera module, but it's still neither better nor worse than your average smartphone cam, and has quite the number of functions and effects to compensate for the somewhat bland pics and video.

Good current alternatives are the Sony Xperia P or the HTC One S, for example, and these are both formidable competitors. The Xperia P might be a bit thicker, but its camera performs much better and it has one of the brightest smartphone displays out there, while the HTC One S has a superb design, a pretty capable cam, and more memory.

What Huawei Ascend P1 has going for it is the design and the stock ICS interface, which will appeal to many, plus the good all-around package. Yet considering it is the gateway phone for Huawei's Android onslaught, the Chinese should be very careful with the pricing scheme if they want to establish Huawei as the best value for money smartphone maker.

Software version: U9200-1V100R001COOB212

Huawei Ascend P1 Review:


  • Stylish, thin and light handset
  • Vibrant Super AMOLED display
  • Stock Android ICS by default


  • Just over 2GB of user-accessible memory
  • Photos often come out overexposed and with bland colors
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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: 4320; 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: 494; 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: 2000; 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: 368; 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: 215; 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:

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

posted on 11 Mar 2015, 15:56

22. mirexcool (Posts: 65; Member since: 28 Feb 2015)

Bought at Aleixspress. Satisfied! s.click.aliexpress.com/e/eMNN7meaq

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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
TI OMAP4460, Dual-core, 1500 MHz
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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