Huawei Ascend P1 finally headed for the UK

Huawei Ascend P1The Huawei Ascend P1 was first announced way back in January during CES 2012, but as is often the way with Huawei, details of the final release were sketchy. Anyone still waiting for the phone is in for some good news though, as it looks like the phone will hit the shops in August.

Vodafone has announced it will be stocking the device, but has yet to say whether it will only be available with a contract, or if it will be out on Pay As You Go too. The Ascend P1 will be your for free provided you sign up for a £26 per month contract, but we can’t help but think its natural home is on PAYG, especially as the ZTE Grand X has been given such a competitive price.

If your memory needs refreshing — which given the amount of time we’ve been waiting for the Ascend, it probably does — here’s what the phone is all about.

Powered by a TI OMAP 1.5Ghz dual-core processor, and 1GB of RAM, the Ascend P1 sits right at the top of Huawei’s range, bettered only by the Ascend D Quad with its quad-core chip.

The Super AMOLED touchscreen measures 4.3-inches and has a 960 x 540 pixel resolution, and the 8-megapixel camera on the back of the handset also shoots 1080p video.

Google Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is its operating system, and other features include a 1.3-megapixel forward facing camera, Wi-Fi, DLNA, Bluetooth 3.0, GPS and Dolby Mobile audio enhancements.

At 110 grams and just 7.7mm thick, the Ascend P1 is a very slim and really light smartphone, and the specification is excellent too. A SIM-free Huawei Ascend P1 can be had for £309 from Clove Technology, and that price should drop if it reaches Pay As You Go.

With these specs, that size and that price, the Ascend P1 could be a big hit in August.

About Andrew Boxall

Andy's fascination with mobile tech began in the 90s, at a time when SMS messages were considered cutting edge, but it would be at least a decade before he would put finger-to-keyboard as a freelance tech writer. In the interim he wrote about travel, formulated strong opinions about films and drove a series of audacious cars