Graced Huawei Philippines' invite for the launch of their three new high-end Android smartphones at Greenbelt 5 last Thursday.

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Holding one of the handsets that they introduced: The Huawei Ascend P1

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This one's the non-LTE version. There's another that has the same name - with slightly better innards and boasting a 'rounded' design - that supports such connection; Globe Telecom has already disclosed that the latter will be part of its LTE smartphone line-up to be offered to consumers later this year.

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Both phones have 1GB of RAM for multitasking and 4GB of internal storage that's expandable via microSD card slot. Likewise, they flaunt a similar 4.3-inch 540 x 960 pixels Super AMOLED display, 8 MegaPixel autofocus camera with back-illumited sensor and dual LED flash, and Full HD 1080p video recorder.

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The main difference between the LTE and the non-LTE version, though - aside from the obvious - is that the former has a quad core Snapdragon S4 processor running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system while the latter runs the same OS with but a dual core TI OMAP chipset. So the LTE variant not only supports far faster connection speeds but also delivers a snappier and more fluid performance.

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The design of the handset is kind of like a marriage between that of LG Chocolate from two years back and Samsung Galaxy S2. I think Ascend P1 has the solid, durable feel of the BL40 while its rear - with that bump at the bottom plus the location of the camera on the upper middle part - reminds of Samsung's 2011 flagship.

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But what I really about it - and I'm sure this is what you'll love about the handset too - is that despite boasting all of those multimedia features and having that much power, it's incredibly thin and light! Huawei Ascend P1 weighs just 110 grams and measures only 7.7 millimeters at its thickest point.

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P1's non-replaceable Li-Ion 1670 mAh battery will give you around 13 hours of regular use.

The smartphone is already out in the Philippines. The official suggested retail price is Php 19,890 and it comes in three colors, namely Soft Pink, Ceramic White, and Metallic Black. Like what I said, its design and construction are the coolest things about Huawei Ascend P1, so I invite you to give the phone a test run at the company's authorized retail stores just to get a feel of it in your hand and see if it's the right handset for you.

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During the event, I got the chance to sit down with and talk to Mr. George Zhao, Huawei Philippines' Product and Sales Manager, and he was kind enough to give us this quick specs run-down and exclusive demo video of Huawei Ascend P1, TP Friends. I hope you can check it out.


TechPinas Smartphone Technical Specs Table (TSTST)
Name Huawei Ascend P1
Type Slate Form Factor (Full Touchscreen)
Price Category Upper Midrange
Dimensions127.4 x 64.8 x 7.7 mm
Weight 110 grams
Available Colors Soft Pink, Ceramic White, Metallic Black
Operating System Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich
Display 4.3 inches (~256 ppi pixel density), 540 x 960 pixels, Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Processor 1.5 GHz Dual Core Cortex-A9 PowerVR SGX540 GPU TI OMAP 4460 chipset
RAM 1 GB RAM
Internal Storage 4GB
Camera 8 MegaPixels, 3264x2448 pixels, autofocus and dual LED flash, 1.3 MegaPixels front camera
Video Capture Full HD 1080p 30 frames per second, 720p front-facing camera
Audio and Video Playback MP3/WAV/eAAC+/MP4/H.263/H.264 player
Ports microUSB (MHL) v2.0 (TV Out), 3.5 mm audio jack
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth v3.0 with A2DP, EDR, 3G HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps
Network 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900, 3G Network HSDPA 900 / 1900 / 2100
Sensors Accelerometer, Digital Compass, Proximity
Battery Li-Ion 1670 mAh
Uptime Around 13 hours of regular use
Value-Added Features Ultra-thin form factor
Announcement In the Philippines: November 2012
Availability Out Now
Price Php 19,890