Full Performance Review: Huawei Ascend P1 (U9200), Thin Body with High-Performance

Huawei demonstrated its seriousness work on smartphones by presenting Huawei Ascend P1. This phone could be one star in the annual event Mobile World Congress 2012 in Barcelona last February. Ascend P1 are so attracted attention because of its design that makes this phone one of the thinnest Android currently on market.

Not only that, a dual core processor with a clockspeed 1.5 GHz Cortex-A9 promising qualified performance and the good news is the official price offered under the competitors standard with same specifications.


Dimensions: 127.4 x 64.8 x 7.7 mm, 110 grams; full touchscreen; plastic material and corning gorilla glass; 3.5mm audio jack, micro USB port and SIM slot; power button/screen lock and a microSD slot; hole mic; volume rocker (around phones from the top side) 3 touch buttons below the screen (task switcher, home and back)

This sector become one of the major attraction Ascend P1. Where the thickness is merely 7.7 mm will bring the impression of elegance and premium class.

Parts of backdoor on ceramic white colored units which we tested were given a glossy finishing that makes it easy to get fingerprint smudges.

With a bulge at the bottom and camera area on backcover, Ascend P1 still comfortable grasped while the rear of this phone is not slippery because using the elected finishing.

MicroSD and SIM card slots are accessible directly from the outer side phone body, while the battery is embedded behind the backcover that can not be accessed by a novice user.


Super AMOLED capacitive touch screen, 16 million colors, 540 x 960 pixels, 4.3 inches (~256 ppi pixel density), multi-touch, corning Gorilla Glass

This phone uses Super AMOLED panel Samsung developed. Screen technology has specific characteristics such as good contrast, bright color display and wide viewing angles.

The screen brightness is also good so that the writing on screen can still read clearly even under the sun. Talk about responsiveness, screen Ascend P1 has a good quality of course due support of qualified hardware specs which will be discussed particular.

OS and UI

Android OS, v4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich); 3D Launcher, 3D Widget

Ascend-P1 has been equipped the popular operating system Android with the newest version. Starting from the lockscreen, users will find a picture of a padlock icon that can be shifted to four-way to disable the lock screen or towards certain features more quickly, there is a camera option menu, SMS messages and call records (call logs). At the top of the screen display time and date that can be shifted to the side to access the music controls.

Homescreen and the phone’s main menu uses standard ICS display, but to make it more attractive user can change the default view by using a 3D launcher provided by default. This option can be accessed by pressing the menu button.

With the 3D launcher, Ascend P1 offers an attractive user experience with 3D animation effects when performing homescreen panels switching. Not only that, the launcher is also equipped with 5 options including 3D widget Calendar, Email, Music+, a photo album and Weather clock.


Processor Dual-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A9, TI OMAP 4460 chipset Qualcomm, PowerVR SGX540 GPU, RAM: 1GB, ROM: 4GB, External: microSD up to 32GB, battery: Li-Ion 1670 mAh

If it does not require Ascend P1 to work with the best performance, users can utilize the Power Saving feature that will reduce (downclock) processor speed to 1.2 GHz and it will certainly conserve battery power.

Under these conditions only, Ascend P1 performance remains satisfactory and comparable to the performance of the Galaxy S2 which has the same clockspeed.

Ascend P1 has an internal memory capacity of 4 GB, but users will only be able to use about 2.3 GB only. In the sales package, Huawei giving free of charge microSD memory card with a capacity of 4 GB.


GSM 850/900/1800/1900; HSDPA 850/900/1700/1900/2100; GPRS, EDGE; HSDPA, HSUPA; Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g / n, Wi-Fi hotspot, DLNA; Bluetooth v3.0 with A2DP and HS; microUSB (MHL) v2.0

Huawei Ascend P1 network supports quadband 2G and pentaband 3G, it simply means that you can use this phone anywhere in the world without difficulty to match GSM network frequency.

With DLNA technology support, the user can play multimedia files like audio, video and photos from other devices on the Ascend P1 and vice versa.

Excess connectivity at Ascend P1 not only that, microSD slot have the capability MHL, where with the help of a special cable microUSB-to-HDMI Ascend P1 users can connect to a display device such as HD monitor or HDTV.


HTML browser, Adobe Flash, Multi-tabs browsing, Saved, Incognito windows

In the newest version, Ice Cream Sandwich, Android equipped with a browser that is not only feature-rich but also have good speed.

It looks minimalist with just showing the address bar and the icon to access the multi tab, giving ample room for the currently opened web page.

By pressing the menu button, users will be able to see some interesting features of this browser, including “Save for offline reading” where the user can save the displayed web page and reopen it at any time, even without an internet connection.


8 MP, 3264x2448 pixels, autofocus, dual-LED flash, Geo-tagging, HDR, face and smile detection; 1080p @ 30fps video recorder; 1.3 MP secondary camera

Not only has a great resolution, camera Ascend P1 also rich options of distinctive features high-end smartphone, including 11 option scene type, 12 color effects, 7 face effect and 8 shooting modes including HDR and Group.

With the option Group on shooting mode, the Ascend P1 will detect up to 25 faces in a frame and will capture 5 pictures in a row, after that user can choose the best for each face from these 5 photos.

Camera Results


Applications used: Quadrant Standard Edition by Aurora Softwork and Antutu Benchmark v2.9 by Antutu

With specs like those, Ascend was able to show satisfactory results in testing performance with benchmark applications that we use.

With application Quadrant, Ascend P1 which we tested scored 4189 while with Atuntu Benchmark resulting 6675. By comparing competitors who also use a dual core processor, Xperia One S got 3775 and 7108.


• Slim Design
• Android OS v4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
• 3D Launcher
• The Dual-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A9
• 8 MP autofocus camera with LED flash

• Battery embedded
• The internal memory is small

Vendors from China is seriously competing in the smartphone market by relying on performance. And it seems to start from the Ascend P1 which combine an elegant slim design with performance capable. The phone also offers an attractive user experience with a variety of personalization options which bagged its user interface, a camera with a variety of distinctive features hi-end smartphone and complete connectivity.

One of the most important, the strategy offers Ascend P1 with a cheaper price than similar competitor products is certainly very teasing consumers.

Next, we certainly look forward to other products such as Huawei Ascend D Quad processors are equipped with quad-core and P1 S are reportedly even thinner than this phone.

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Muhammad Azam

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