The Huawei Ascend P1 LTE, which was launched earlier this year at CES 2012, is the cheapest 4G LTE smartphone in the country and is currently available from Orange from £300 on PAYG with an extra compulsory £10 top up. It is not to be confused with the slightly cheaper vanilla Ascend P1.
The smartphone will run on 4GEE’s network but, as Orange puts it, “you can buy a 4G ready phone on Orange pay as you go, but you won’t be able to get 4G unless you move to an EE pay monthly plan when EE launches.” In other words, 4G on EE will not be available to PAYG customers for the foreseeable future.
As for the phone itself, it is powered by a dual-core TI OMAP 4460 system-on-chip clocked at 1.5GHz. There’s 1GB of RAM, a 4.3in Super AMOLED 960 x 540 display with Corning Gorilla display, an 8-megapixel rear camera and a 1.3-megapixel front-facing one, HD video recording capabilities, Android 4.0 ICS, Dolby Mobile 3.0 Plus, a tiny 4GB onboard storage, a 1,800mah battery, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
Compared to the other Ascend P1, the LTE version is significantly thicker, at 9.9mm compared to 7.7mm, and way heavier, at 135g instead of 110g.