Huawei's Ascend P1 Skips Carriers, Arrives On Dick Smith Shelves

Huawei's new Ascend P1 smartphone is coming, but only to Dick Smith with an outright price tag and not to carriers.

The Ascend P1 will set you back $499 for a handset that sports a dual-core 1.5Ghz Cortex A9 processor, an eight-megapixel rear-facing camera with 1080p video capture, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, all wrapped into a 7.69mm-thick chassis with a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED screen.

To be honest, looking at the handset, it's not completely dissimilar from the Samsung Galaxy SII. We'll hopefully be going hands on with it soon so we can see what it's like under the skin.

Huawei can't tell us why it's not going to carriers. It hinted that the device might arrive as a subsidised option in future, nothing yet.

It's now on the shelves for you to pick up if you're dead set on the device.

It's certainly cheaper than other handsets like the Samsung Galaxy SIII and the HTC One XL, but it doesn't exactly have the same brand cred in Australia. Or does it? Would you buy the Ascend P1?



    The design is a major turn-off from this phone for me, despite the minuscule thickness.

    Anyone reckon Samsung'll sue? ;)

    lol....didn't realize they are starting to copy the samsung designs now....

    Apple will sue Huawei for making a phone that looks like the Samsung Galaxy SII, because things can only get more ridiculous than they are already.

      Or Apple will sue Samsung for "copying" their phone, then Samusng will sue Huawei for "copying" their phone, then Apple will sue Samsung for allowing Huawei for to "copy" their phone, and then to sum it all up Apple will sue ZTE before they get the chance to "copy" Huawei's phone that they "copied" from Samsung... just in case, either way Apple will sue everyone eventually... what retards...

    Wow - even has the same three buttons in the wrong order as the SGS2. Impressive copying.

    From the perspective of a locked-in WP8 upgrader, Huawei will have to try somewhat harder in the aesthetics department before they come in for consideration.

    Huawei had not earned the $499 price tag yet, maybe in the next 4 to 5 years it might just. It is still considered a low end brand with nothing spectacular in their portfolio. Kind of reminds me of Hyundai of 20 years ago, you don't just make that 499 leap from $99 you have to earn it and that takes time.

      The only problems that I saw with the earlier phones were the low-end specs, which these certainly are not. The last flagship (or near enough =p ) Huawei phone we carried, the Sonic only had a 600Mhz processor and most of what I saw was either interface lag or people not understanding that a cheap smartphone isn't going to last the day.

      Compare it to the Xperia P, which is $447, which has a dual-core 1.2Ghz processor, 16GB of memory, same mega-pizel camera - but probably with a better sensor. I think the Ascend, at it's best, it's acceptable, but I'd probably wait for a sale if I needed a quick replacement smartphone.

    hmm, 380 bucks for a nexus with JB 4.1, or a P1 that has not many customs, lack of casing, and a major burn in my pocket?

    It doesn't seem like all that bad a phone, but I wouldn't be forking out $499 for it.

    Huawei was blocked from participating in NBN tender process due to security concerns. They have close ties to the PLA and Chinese Communist Party. Do you really want to trust them with your personal info & possibly more importantly do you want to direct your money towards an organisation that profits those sorts of interests.

    This is a great move. I hope more companies start selling handsets directly to consumers.

    hope this is not a Spy phone.

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