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Huawei Ascend P1 LTE review

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Summary

Our Score:

7

User Score:

Pros

  • Fast performance
  • Rapid 4G data download speeds
  • Solid build quality

Cons

  • Below par screen
  • Average camera
  • Doesn’t come with Jelly Bean
  • Short-ish battery life

Key Features

  • 1.5Ghz Dual Core CPU
  • 1GB of Ram
  • 4GB of storage space
  • 8MP camera
  • Manufacturer: Huawei
  • Review Price: free/subscription

Update: Read our Huawei Ascend P2 review

Introduction

Huawei has made a bit of a name for itself by offering low cost handsets that usually punch above their weight in terms of features. The Ascend G300 and the recent G330 update are pretty good examples. However, the Ascend P1 LTE is a slightly different kettle of fish, as essentially it's a high-end 4G mobile that's looking to challenge the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S3 LTE and HTC One XL. The Ascend P1 LTE is currently an Everything Everywhere exclusive. EE is offering the phone for free on a £36 a month with a pretty modest 500MB download allowance.

Huawei Ascend P1 LTE - Design

It's pretty obvious from the get go that this is not simply a rejigged version of the original P1 handset, in the way that the One XL and S3 LTE are basically upgrades of the 3G models. Instead it's got completely different styling and is a fair bit thicker than the older P1. In fact it looks more similar to Huawei's G330, which isn't really a plus as the G330 doesn’t even look as good as the original G300 that it replaces. Certainly next to the One XL and S3 LTE, this is a very plain and slightly cheap looking handset.

Huawei Ascend P1 LTE

Nevertheless, the rear has a textured coating, so it's quite grippy to hold and the phone feels solid overall. This battery cover is removable and once you prise it off you'll find the standard sized SIM and microSD card slots hiding beneath, along with the removable battery.

Huawei has placed the microUSB port on the right hand side and the headphone jack is positioned at the top of the phone. On the left you'll find the power/lock switch as well as the volume rocker buttons. Beneath the screen there are touch buttons for the usual Android home, back and menu keys, but unlike some Android handsets it lacks a dedicated search button. Still we can’t say it's something that we particularly miss.

Huawei Ascend P1 LTE

Huawei Ascend P1 LTE - Screen

The phone uses a 4.3inch Super AMOLED screen that has a resolution of 540x960 pixels. This doesn’t compare all that favourably with the HTC One XL or Samsung S3 LTE, as both have larger 4.8inch screens with higher resolutions. Nevertheless, not everyone likes those larger sized handsets and certainly the P1 LTE is a bit more pocket friendly and feels less like you're performing hand stretching exercises when you're using it.

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The AMOLED technology helps the screen to produce very deep black levels, but as with most AMOLED screens colours can look a little bit over saturated compared to the TFT displays used on the likes of the iPhone 5. Also, the screen's use of pentile matrix means that it does look as sharp as its pixel count would suggest, something that's quite noticeable when reading text on websites.

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huyrsd

January 24, 2013, 3:04 pm

Short-ish battery life a pro? Don't even joke about it...

Evan

January 24, 2013, 4:41 pm

Sorry about that, it was of course meant to be in the con column. Thanks spotting it.

Toni F

January 24, 2013, 11:27 pm

Seems like a modest phone but I'm sticking with my note 2. Also my note 2 and s3 are very pocket friendly I'm actually typing this with one hand on my note 2 without any difficulty.

Nikola

February 6, 2013, 1:53 pm

Hi ,

I'm interested for buying this phone. Can you please tell me is there radio on this phone because I have find different specifications for this phone which do not specify clearly.
did you use GPS on this phone?

maninalift

March 22, 2013, 2:20 pm

wede? we'd! we[ woul]d!

Bobby

April 4, 2013, 9:14 pm

Note 2 and the Ascend P1 are completely different.

Angela Priest

April 15, 2013, 12:04 am

Can anyone tell me how to remove the red line under every word when I type a text. It's driving me mad! I must have pressed a key by mistake,it wasn't doing it originally.

Josh Bairstow

May 15, 2013, 10:13 am

knee...

P1_user_123

May 25, 2013, 3:39 pm

Install a 3rd-party keyboard such as SwiftKey or Swype.
Was the only way I could get around it, plus you get all the added benefits of pretty decent auto-correction (with UK English dictionary), gesture input, etc.

Guest

June 22, 2013, 9:54 am

best keyboard ive found is kii keyboard

Guest

June 22, 2013, 9:55 am

best keyboard ive found is kii keyboard.

José Ramón Pepino Ojeda

August 2, 2013, 12:45 am

Thanks for the review. Our government is bringing this mobile to the Venezuelan market. With a loud promotion through the state phone company, people can get hands on it, nevertheless the reignant inflation here will take the "cheapest" adjective off the phone's description.

Can be an option for some people who want to switch from the omnipresent Blackberries and get something like a little bit smarter of a phone.

October 15, 2013, 8:25 am

It's the phone of the Huawei

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