The Chinese smartphone manufacturer, Huawei, just released a press statement sharing the global availability of their mid-range device, (with fairly high-end specs), the Ascend P1. This phone has some very good specs, although isn't quite as robust as their Ascend D1 quad-core phone. The Ascend P1 does have a very sleek and elegant design, however, and still has very respectable features. Here's a breakdown:
  • 1.5GHz TI OMAP 4460 Cortext-A9 processor
  • 7.69mm thin and 64.8 mm long
  • 4.3-inch super AMOLED 960 x 540 touch screen with Corning® Gorilla® Glass
  • 8-megapixel BSI rear-facing camera
  • Dolby Mobile 3.0 + audio tech

They didn't share pricing or carriers yet, and there is no word on when it will come to North America. Their press release does hint at it by saying, "availability in other markets to follow." It's a pretty aesthetically pleasing design, although that is obviously subjective. What do you guys think of this one?

Full Press Release:

Huawei Announces Global Availability of the Ascend P1 – its Flagship Dual-Core Smartphone

Beijing, China, April 18, 2012: Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, today announced that the Huawei Ascend P1 will be available in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Australia through operators and retailers by May 2012, in Latin America from June 2012 and in Europe from summer, with availability in other markets to follow.

“The global availability of the Ascend P1, which combines smart features and a sexy design, represents a significant milestone for Huawei Device. We are sending strong signals of our intention to transform into a consumer-facing brand and extend our market leadership globally by strengthening our range of flagship products. We are also expanding our sales and distribution channels to move beyond a focus on operators,” said Richard Yu, Chairman of Huawei Device.

The Ascend P1 is beauty meets brains – proof that technology and good looks can go hand-in-hand. It features a dual-core 1.5GHz TI OMAP 4460 Cortext-A9 processor and measures 7.69mm thin and 64.8 mm long, providing a very comfortable grip. With a 4.3-inch super AMOLED 960 x 540 touch screen with Corning® Gorilla® Glass, an 8-megapixel BSI rear-facing camera and Dolby Mobile 3.0 + 5.1 surround sound technology, the Ascend P1 provides a home theatre experience in the palm of your hands.