Huawei Ascend P1 review

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The Google apps are represented here as you'd expect, with the usual Gmail, Calendar, Google+, YouTube and Play Store apps to get you going, plus the Google Maps tools and its associated navigation and location spin-offs.

Huawei Ascend P1 review

GPS lock was obtained very quickly indeed. So quickly, that the Ascend P1 had us pinpointed on a map while we were still fiddling with the menus to set up a route to navigate.

Once locked onto your position, Android's a fantastic satnav companion, offering turn-by-turn directions, the option to zip ahead to the next bend and check it out on Google's Street View tool so you can plan ahead, plus it's all fast and smooth on the P1's impressive hardware.


Huawei Ascend P1 review

As for other toys to play with, Google's Movie Studio tool is a useful way of compiling videos on the phone.

It's simple to use, with the main input method being the big plus sign used to import video clips into the lower editing timeline.

Once your videos are in, pressing one lets you trim it, or there's a new plus sign to add on another – and music can be imported to soundtrack it all, too.

If you've ever struggled to edit a video on a desktop, you'll be amazed how easy Google's made the process on a phone, although chopping a minute of 1080p footage in half takes a good few minutes for the P1 to process, so it's not something you'll want to make a habit of if you regularly capture in full HD mode.

Huawei Ascend P1 review

There's also a very handy image editing tool as part of the Ascend P1's software.

Huawei Ascend P1 review

This lets snappers amend their shots, add many more filters and generally fiddle with the photo output.

Results are mixed, but the Lomo style filters do a good job of boosting the colours and contrast.

Huawei's included a full version of Polaris Office on the P1, which is handy.

While most phones ship with trial or read-only proiductivity tools, Huawei's gone the extra mile here and given us a full version of the suite, which comes with all your rich text-editing features and document creation.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
Wireless LANYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported32 GB
Built-in Memory4 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA, UMTS, HSPA+
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationNo
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilyAscend P1
Cellular Generation3.9G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 850, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 1900, WCDMA 2100
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution8 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraYes
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameHuawei
Screen Size10.9 cm (4.3")
Screen Resolution540 x 960
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)110 g
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Processor ManufacturerTexas Instruments
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 3.0
Operating System VersionAndroid 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Pixel Density256 ppi
Front Camera Resolution1.3 Megapixel
Height129 mm
Width64.8 mm
Depth7.7 mm
Radio TunerYes
ManufacturerHuawei Technologies Co., Ltd
Product NameAscend P1 Smartphone
Processor Speed1.50 GHz
Product LineAscend P1
Screen TypeOLED
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Ambient Light Sensor, Gyro Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Digital Compass
Manufacturer Part Number0003402620
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

7.69mm slim body

Huawei unique molding&casting technology makes P1 smart as well as fashion.

64.8mm Narrow frame Design

64.8mm narrow frame offers you the most comfortable handle. can easily play it with single hand.

Dual core 1.5GHz CPU

A dual core 1.5GHz cpu, together with optimal software makes P1 the fastest model in class, capable to handle 3D games effectively.

Super AMOLED High definition screen

4.3-inch Super AMOLED qHD (960 x 540) screen with Auto rotate feature powered by G-sensor. These features provide you with a better viewing experience.