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Huawei’s thin, high-end Android 4.0 phone: Ascend P1 S

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Prior to Huawei’s CES scheduled press event on Monday, the Chinese company took a shot across the bow of high-end smartphones, reports the OLED-Info site. The Huawei Ascend P1 S looks to be the first handset in a bid for Huawei to move beyond low-cost, commodity smartphones with a high-resolution OLED display, dual-core processor and Google Android 4.0. (s goog)

I will be attending Huawei’s press conference on Monday morning in hopes of seeing this new handset, but based on limited information, the phone looks to challenge incumbents. In fact, the smartphone looks very similar in form to Samsung’s Galaxy S II line: super thin — just 6.68 millimeters — with a small bump-out on the bottom for a speaker and other internals. Given the design-related lawsuits between Apple and Samsung, it is almost ironic that Samsung has a bit of a copycat in Huawei.

Texas Instruments (s txn) has confirmed via email that its OMAP4460 will power the 4.3-inch Ascend P1 S. OLED-Info reports the phone uses a 960 x 540 resolution Super AMOLED display, an 8 megapixel rear camera and 1 GB of RAM — all specifications that rival other high-end handsets.

Om and I have been watching Huawei — and ZTE, for that matter — of late, as most in the U.S. are unfamiliar with these companies. Last year I had said, however, that both will be a household name in the near future, as they are both successfully challenging handset makers on the low-to-mid-end markets. And now it sounds like at least one of them is ready to move up the food chain to sell $200–$300 handsets, an area currently dominated by Apple (s aapl) and Samsung.

3 Responses to “Huawei’s thin, high-end Android 4.0 phone: Ascend P1 S”

  1. Steve W.

    I’ve been watching Huawei for about 6-8 months now, since I started looking at the Ascend and Ascend II from Cricket. They are cheap, but not to bad for an entry phone. Since I started looking into them, I’ve seen a their name in the news in a couple of places…some good and some not so good. It will be interesting to see some better things come out from them.

  2. This device is also pentaband 3G so high speed data on T-Mobile or AT&T. I’m hoping this will be a more common trend so Americans can separate their device from the carrier.

    • Yup, I didn’t know it until after I wrote the post, but I found out at the press event, the device is pentaband! :) I got about 5 minutes of hands-on time with it and it’s definitely razor thin. Plenty responsive. Beautiful screen – likely from Samsung. Very plasticky feel that some won’t like. I think it’s going to come down to carrier pickup and pricing…