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Huawei claims world's thinnest smartphone title with Ascend P1 S


January 10, 2012

At 6.68 mm thick, the Huawei Ascend P1 S is (currently) the world's thinnest smartphone

At 6.68 mm thick, the Huawei Ascend P1 S is (currently) the world's thinnest smartphone

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When it comes to smartphones, people can argue about the relative merits of a bigger display that is easier on the eyes and fingers or a smaller display that results in a more pocket-friendly unit. But whatever the length and width, it seems that the desire for a thinner smartphone is pretty much universal. And - for the time being anyway - they don't come any thinner than the Huawei Ascend P1 S that made its debut at CES this week. Measuring just 6.68 mm (0.26 in) thick, Huawei says although the Ascend PS 1 is the world's slimmest smartphone, it doesn't scrimp on the features.

Huawei's Ascend P1 comes in two flavors - the P1 and P1 S. Both offer the same features but where the slimline P1 S gets a 1,670 mAh battery, the P1 is a slightly thicker 7.69 mm (0.3 in) thanks to a 1,800 mAh battery. Aside from the battery, both models have the same specs, which includes a 4.3-inch 960 x 540 pixel Super AMOLED touch display, 1.5 GHz dual core TI OMAP 4460 Cortex A9 processor, 1GB of RAM, 4GB onboard memory, 5.1 surround sound capabilities, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, DLNA support, 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with backlight illuminated sensor and 1080p HD video capture capabilities, and a front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera for video calls.

Both quad-band GSM phones will come running Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and feature a PPVD back cover coating designed to dissipate heat. They will come in metallic black, ceramic white and cherry-blossom pink when released in Europe, the Asia-Pacific, North America, Australia, the Middle East and China from April 2012, with additional colors also on the way. Huawei hasn't yet revealed pricing or potential carriers for the phones.

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Darren Quick Darren's love of technology started in primary school with a Nintendo Game & Watch Donkey Kong (still functioning) and a Commodore VIC 20 computer (not still functioning). In high school he upgraded to a 286 PC, and he's been following Moore's law ever since. This love of technology continued through a number of university courses and crappy jobs until 2008, when his interests found a home at Gizmag. All articles by Darren Quick

How the heck are you supposed to hold onto this thing? That\'s what I hate about smartphones, weak glass, flimsy battery cover, and no grip. Smartphone ergonomics are horrible. Who cares how shiny and thin it is if you can\'t hold onto it? It will definitely outshine the pennies in the fountain you will drop it in.

Ethan Brush

awesum, now i can slip it into my wallet - nice!


My biggest complaint with my smartphone is not it\'s size (LG Thrill) but the pitiful battery life. If and when we see better batteries, size may be a bigger factor. Right now I would take a thicker phone if it didn\'t require charging every night.


Yes, my buddy\'s \'android\' pos phone has a hopeless battery life. Oh but wait, it runs Flash!!!


I\'ll stick with my iPhone and it\'s two days of standby (light data and voice use). This thing sports the perfect screen size though.

Nate Collins

Darren Quick, you mention that the consumer really wants thinner, this is a mistake. Though the big companies are pushing thinner and thinner designs, never has the consumer asked for such thin devices. Thin was asked with regard to qwerty keyboard, that this made the device bulky. The consumer wants a better battery life, and as high specs as possible.

Dawar Saify
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