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Huawei Ascend P1 S Announced as World’s Thinnest Smartphone [CES 2012]

The battle for World’s Thinnest Smartphone continues, this time with Huawei announcing the Ascend P1 S and claiming that it bests every other smartphone in the world in belt size (6.68mm). For how long will it hold the title? We don’t know… it’d be lucky to survive the rest of CES at this rate, but regardless, it’s one super thin phone with a solid list of specs to go along.

The Ascend P1 S rocks Android 4.0, 1.5GHz TI OMAP 4460 processor, 4.3-inch Super AMOLED screen with 960 by 540 pixel resolution, and Gorilla Glass. An 8MP camera and 1.3MP front facing camera offer Dual-LED Flash and 1080p HD video capture. A second version of the phone, called only the Ascend P1, offers the same set of features but is slightly thicker at 7.69mm thick.

The Ascend P1 and P1 S will be available around the world in April 2012 in many different colors. While Huawei continues to make better and better Android devices, they have yet to breakthrough has a household name… will the Ascend P1/P1S change that? Find out with continued coverage as we get hands-on footage of the brand new device.

Las Vegas, U.S.A., January 9, 2012: Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, unveiled the world’s slimmest smartphone today at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show (CES). The Huawei Ascend P1 S is 6.68mm thin and features a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED 960 x 540 touchscreen with Corning® Gorilla® Glass. The Ascend P1 S is also the fastest and most compact smartphone in its class with a dual-core 1.5GHz TI OMAP 4460 Cortext-A9 processor and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system.

“We’re excited to unveil the world’s slimmest smartphone here at CES 2012,” said Richard Yu, Chairman of Huawei Device. “The Ascend P1 S demonstrates our ongoing commitment to innovating high quality devices that utilize the latest hardware and software technologies.”

Huawei also unveiled the Ascend P1 which, as part of the same smartphone series, boasts the same functionality while measuring 7.69mm. Delivering the ultimate in elegance and speed with a 1670mAh/1800mAh battery, the Huawei Ascend P1/P1 S series provides the fastest multi-tasking, video replay and gaming experience in its class.

The Huawei Ascend P1/P1 S series feature a super-sleek and narrow 64.8mm body, elegant contours and an effortlessly stylish design. The PPVD back cover coating evenly distributes heat, and provides a strong metallic, three-dimensional design with a delicate texture. The Ascend P1/P1 S is available in metallic black, ceramic white and cherry-blossom pink with more colors to come to match your personal style wherever you are, whatever you’re doing.

The Ascend P1/P1 S brings your digital world to life with its impressive 8-megapixel BSI rear-facing and 1.3-megapixel HD front-facing cameras with dual flash LED and HDR effect optimization. The Ascend P1/P1 S allows you to capture special moments in sharper, brighter and clearer detail both in light and dim environments. Relive your most memorable moments on the Huawei Ascend P1/P1 S with its stunning 1080p HD video-capture capabilities. Its high speed data connectivity through 3G, WiFi and Bluetooth and in-built social media capabilities enable you to instantly share your photos and videos via social media.

The Huawei Ascend P1/P1 S will be available in Europe, Asia-Pacific, North America, Australia, Middle East, and China from April 2012.

Continue reading on the Huawei Ascend P1 forums, see the specs, or find news and reviews.

Continue reading on the Huawei Ascend P1 S forums, see the specs, or find news and reviews.




  • jawman

    Wow, 6.68mm. That’s impressive for a phone.

  • Stephen_Rockefeller

    Thin is not always a win…………we shall see.

    • Adam Truelove

      As proven by the RAZR.

      • Stephen_Rockefeller

        I was going to say that but in the interest of some motofreak whining about it for a week, I didnt, so thank you now you are the bad guy lol

  • http://www.facebook.com/JCWonder J.c. Díaz

    By Apple’s standards Samsung should sue Huawei. That little bulge at the bottom is SO stolen from the Galaxy phones. Oh, and the thin. The thin form factor is stolen from the Galaxy also. And those sharp corners are Samsung intellectual property. I’m sure the black front, and the volume rocker and the soft touch buttons have to belong to someone as well.

    • John Wentworth

      Yea, but lets me honest, their isn’t a huge deal of variety in android smart phone design, a lot of them look fairly similar, the same is true of windows phones (I own one for work). 

      I don’t think or at least I’d hope Android manufacturers would learn enough from the distracting legal battles with Apple to not sue each other to death over tiny design similarities.

      • Stephen_Rockefeller

        Lets be honest then………how many different designs can a phone really have???

      • http://www.facebook.com/JCWonder J.c. Díaz

        I was being sarcastic. Like Stephen pointed out, I really don’t know what else you can do, regardless. What variety does Apple have to offer anyway? They only make one phone.

        Having said that…Im not sure how Droid, Galaxy, or Xperia phones are similar…but I digress.

        The form factor is a sideways widescreen. Corners…what do you do with corners? Straight or rounded is all you got as far as I can think. I suposse you could go the Droid RAZR route. Not very fond of them…but some like it, I suppose…the fact is Apple doesn’t own those “ideas”…they’re not even anyone’s ideas, they’re just shapes. Rounded, square, thin…no one invented those and it’s pretty silly that Apple would think they own them.

        I suppose this is all off topic.

        But I would agree however if you said most of the designs seem uninspired. There is truth to Apple’s view that less products allow you to focus and make more meaningful designs. 

        I think one of the most meaningful ways you can separate yourself from the crowd is with the materials, build…that kind of stuff. That’s important. I think Apple is pretty good at that.

        Too bad their OS is gymped. Smooth, but gymped.

  • golgo 13

    I’m sorry, but this phone looks exactly like the galaxy line. But it’s good to see huwaie coming up in the world. Though I wouldn’t support anything Chinese…

    • SladeNoctis

      If your American thats really ironic lol

  • John Wentworth

    I don’t normally comment on purely aesthetics of a phone, a plain black slab is fine by me, I buy mostly HTC and Samsung phones, though I prefer the feeling of quality you get from an HTC phone, but their is something about these phones that is just really ugly and cheap looking I think the barely curved edges is part of it. as far as the thinness I think they can stop that war, the razr is more than thin enough, make them too thin and they’ll snap in half in your pocket lol.

    Then again I still use a thunderbolt, so obviously thinness isn’t very important to me :)

  • Khalid.H

    i prefer my phones to be 20mm thick. that way, they’re very comfortable to hold.

    6.68mm is just overkill. why not make the backside straight and fill the empty space with a bigger battery?

  • RPGambit

    Razr is awesome!  Best Droid out there!

    • Guest

      What does that have to do with this phone? And no, it really isn’t. It has motoblur, thats all it takes to be garbage.