We're onto the second day of official pre-CES activities here in Las Vegas, and this morning we got to spend some time with Huawei's newest smartphone - the Ascend P1 S. While the vast majority of information about the device was leaked sometime last night, we had a chance to take some video of the Ice Cream Sandwich device and share a few insights about it, as well as obtain some relevant info on pricing and availability.


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The P1 S (as well as the thicker and larger-batteried P1) will be headed to most markets around the globe in the early part of Q2 - possibly as early as March for European and Asian markets. US availability seems inevitable, and while Huawei's official statements estimates a release for North America around April, this probably only applies to the Canadian version of the device. Pricing was estimated at "about $400" - extremely reasonable given the Ascend P1 S's highly impressive specs.

As you already know, the Ascend P1 S sports a 4.3" SAMOLED qHD display, TI OMAP 4460 dual-core processor clocked at 1.5GHz, and is powered by Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Huawei also showed off the P1 S's rear camera, which contains a BSI sensor allowing superior low-light performance. Of course, the real specification of note is its thickness - at just 6.68mm, it's incredibly thin. Just take a look at these comparison shots with a Sprint Epic 4G Touch:


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While it's hard to see, the Huawei is ever so slightly thinner - not including the radio bulge near the bottom, or the camera protrusion. Check out our hands-on video, below:

David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • Mark Arpon

    But can you really say it's thinner when the camera pops out that much?

    I'd say a phone is only as thin as the thickest point on it.

    • Marcus T

      I'd say a phone is as thin as the part that you hold. So yeah, I'd say it is thinner.

  • borche

    no microSD slot ?

    • Martin

      I'd *really* like to know this too. It would be something that would really put me off from buying this device, but so far it seems to have all I need;

      * good SoC
      * radio bands
      * SAMOLED
      * frame size comparable to my SGS (the largest I'd consider getting)
      * changeable covers
      * decently sized battery (the 1800mHA model)

    • David Ruddock

      It has a microSD slot. See the first post with the specifications and press release for detailed specs - this post is primarily visuals and new information.

    • sickopsycho

      is that not an sd card symbol on the phone (ind of right side of the picture when youre looking at it)?
      i would not want a smartphone without expandable memory. i had to resort to a 2gb microsd card when my 32gb gave up the ghost and it killed me.

  • B.G

    Mmmh, stock android... Mama likes! And give me the thicker version with larger battery please. I'll trade 1mm of thickness for more batt duration any day. Who gives a rat's ass about 1mm anyway? Nice phone.

  • Alex1x

    Camera quality please?

    • David Ruddock

      It's not exactly practical to take sample photos during a press event, sorry.

  • Paul

    Wow. This is the "Hyundai Genesis" of the smart phones. I've always associated Huawei as the "Kia" or "Hyundai" of phones. Always the cheaper phones, the ones that tend to break down more often but decent bang for your buck. Their new flagship device is nice, I wonder if they'll grow to be a serious contender against HTC/Samsung/Motorola/LG.

  • slurms mckenzie

    major OEM take note and deliver 4.0 stock. i just cant believe they keep pumping out new phones with gingerbread its really embarrassing. huawei is starting to look good

  • http://www.twitter.com/TheErrormous Aash

    Stock Android FTW! Nice phone :)

  • Motorola Triumph

    Looks like it could be a success, hopefully the actual shipping phone will be of good quality (hardware & software). You never know sometimes a lot can go wrong between press releases and actual shipping products.

  • Vinnie

    Hopefully it's a great phone because honestly being the world's thinnest smart phone isn't much of a claim to fame. Phones are plenty thin already. Quality of display, speed of processor (and number of cores) amount of memory and battery life are what sets them apart in my opinion.

  • http://droidsamurai.blogspot.com PixelSlave

    Super AMOLED? No Plus?