LAS VEGAS —
Huawei stepped up its campaign
to burnish its image in the U.S. market
with the launch of two flagship Android smartphones,
one of which is said to be the slimmest
smartphone in the U.S.
Both are among the fastest smartphones because
of their dual-core 1.5GHz processor, and
both are among the first phones announced in
the U.S. with Google’s Android 4.0 (Ice Cream
Sandwich) OS, the company said during CES.
Both models also feature 4G 21Mbps
HSPA+ technology and are banded for use on
the AT&T and T-Mobile networks. Both also operate
in foreign HSPA+ markets.
The phones will be in Europe by the end of
March and could appear in the U.S. in mid-2012,
said Huawei Device chairman Richard Yu.
A CDMA version with 4G LTE is planned for
later this year, executive VP Michael Chuang
told TWICE. It was shown at CES.
The two Ascend phones will be followed by
a Diamond series of smartphones that will take
performance a step higher, Yu added. That series
will be unveiled in February at the Mobile
The P1 S, said to be slimmer than the Motorola
Razr at 0.263 inches in depth, is the slimmest
of the two Ascend models, and it’s only
2.55 inches wide and 5.08 inches tall. The Ascend
P1 packs all the same features and performance
as the P1 S but in a slightly thicker
chassis at 0.3 inches.
Both 4.3-inch Super AMOLED qHD 960 by
540 capacitive touchscreen, SGX 540 graphics
processor, 8-megapixel back camera with
1080p video capture, 1.3-megapixel front camera,
Bluetooth 3.0 High Speed, Wi-Fi, DLNA
certification and MHL-HDMI connection. Both
also offer advanced camera features.