Huawei slims down with Ascend P1 S phone

Huawei slims down with Ascend P1 S phone

Summary: The Chinese telecoms giant continues its campaign to become a household name with the debut of the Ascend P1 S Android 4.0 handset, which it describes as the thinnest smartphone in the world

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  • Huawei Ascend P1 S side

    In addition to the difference in thickness, additional camera software comes pre-loaded on the Ascend P1 S (shown here in side view).

    At the outset, Huawei essentially did not plan to produce the slimmer of the two models, a spokeswoman for the manufacturer told ZDNet UK.

    "Consumers in the Asian market demand that phones are as thin as possible. When the engineers finished making the P1, they thought, 'How can we make this design more efficient?'" she said. "The 'S' stands for slim."

    Most of the reduction in depth came from discovering a new way of making the glass display thinner, according to Huawei.

    Image credit: Ben Woods

  • Huawei Ascend P1S rear

    Both smartphones have an 8-megapixel camera with 1080p HD video-capture capability, along with a 1.3-megapixel forward facing camera for video calls.

    Pricing has not yet been announced, but ZDNet UK understands the Ascend P1 S is expected to launch with a sub-$400 (£261) price tag. Their official launch is scheduled for April, but a spokesman said the Ascend P1 could make it to market a little quicker, around March.

    Huawei and its Chinese competitor ZTE have both said they are working to become more of a household name in Western markets, as well as continuing to provide 'white-label' products to operators.

    Image credit: Ben Woods


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Topics: CES, Mobility, Smartphones

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