Mid-Range Huawei Ascend P1 Available Contract-Free for $450

The Huawei Ascend P1 isn't offered by any carrier in the U.S. An unlocked, contract-free version of this Ice Cream Sandwich-running phone is now available at Amazon.com, but will come at a costly $449.99 because it won't be subsidized by a wireless carrier. The Ascend P1 is a thin, sleek and stylishly-designed Android phone although its specs are more mid-range rather than high-end, and the version coming Stateside won't come with LTE.

What Else You Need To Know

  • At only 7.69 mm thick, the Ascend P1 is one of the thinnest Android smartphones on the market.
  • The Ascend P1 features a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED display with 960 x 540 pixels, an Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system, 5.1 Dolby Surround Sound System, 8MP rear camera, 1.3MP front-facing camera, 1GB of RAM, dual-core 1.5GHz TI OMAP 4460 processor, and a 1,670 mAh battery.
  • For comparison purposes, an unlocked quad-core Google LG Nexus 4 is priced at $299.99 and the contract-free entry-level iPhone 5 costs $649.

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If you’ve had an itch for the handset, despite US government recommendations against dealing with the Chinese company, you no longer have to jump through hoops to import one. - Kevin Krause, Phandroid  
Unfortunately, this is probably a little too late to the market. If the phone had arrived closer to its launch elsewhere for $449.99 it would have been a reasonable price. - Andrew Grush, Android Authority  
Huawei Ascend P1 now available direct from Amazon for $450  

The Ascend P1 offers users a movie theatre-quality cinematic experience with its super AMOLED, 4.3 inch screen and 5.1 Dolby Surround Sound System. In addition, at only 7.69 mm thick, the Huawei Ascend P1 is one of the thinnest smartphones on the market. The 64.8 mm frame allows the Ascend P1 to sit comfortably in the user’s palm, giving them the ability to navigate all the phone’s features with a single hand.

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