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Huawei’s Ascend P1 smartphone now available at Dick Smith


ascendHuawei has released its flagship Ascend P1 smartphone in Australia for outright purchase through Dick Smith stores.

Rather than going through the mobile carriers, the sleek smartphone is competitively priced at $499. The device is unlocked and will work with all of Australia’s mobile operators.

The Ascend P1 is just 7.69mm and weighs a featherweight 110g. It is running the latest Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system.

It features a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen and high-speed dual core 1.5G Cortex-A9 processor for easier multitasking, video playback and faster gameplay.

Also onboard the Ascend P1 is an 8-megapixel camera with dual flash and auto focus which is also capable of full high definition 1080p video capture.

The Huawei Ascend P1 is available now for $499 at Dick Smith stores

And while the sharp 4.3-inch screen makes your images and videos appear sharp and bright, the Ascend P1 also sounds great with Dolby Mobile 3.0 Plus which actually creates a 5.1 surround sound experience.

The Ascend P1 is equally capable at home or in the office and comes with apps to edit PowerPoint and PDF documents on the go.

Huawei is a relative newcomer to the Australian smartphone market and its decision to adopt the outright purchase model rather than be subsidised through the carriers could work in its favour.

The rear panel of the Huawei Ascend P1 has an 8-megapixel camera which can also capture full HD video

At $499 is well below the outright cost of highly-fancied Android-powered competitors like the Samsung Galaxy S III, Sony Xperia and HTC range.

For those who do purchase the Huawei Ascend P1 outright it’s then simply a matter of either using their existing SIM card or purchasing a SIM-only plan from value providers like Amaysim.

The Huawei Ascend P1 is just 7.69mm thick

Amaysim offers plans from $19.90 and a $39.90 plan with unlimited calls, texts and 4GB of data using the Optus network.

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