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Huawei Ascend P1 with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich to finally hit the UK

Another impressive smartphone boasting Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is coming to the UK, with Chinese mobile telecoms giant Huawei set to launch its ultra slim Ascend P1 at the beginning of August.

Huawei introduced the device, which it claimed at the time was the world's thinnest mobile, at CES 2012 back in January. European and US consumers were the first to gain access to the phone, which measures a mere 7.69mm thick.

Now, as promised, it is set to launch in the UK too. Vodafone is lined up as Huawei's preferred network partner and will be offering the phone for free on tariffs of £26 a month and above, with the handset also available from independent retailers.

"The Ascend P1 demonstrates that Huawei is dedicated to launching beautifully designed smartphones without compromise. The Ascend P1 stands alongside the most compelling Android devices in the market," said Mark Mitchinson, Huawei's Executive Vice President for the UK and Ireland.

"It offers real differentiation in a market that's crying out for change and increased value. The Ascend P1...demonstrates that world-beating technology does not have to come at a premium," he added.

Huawei may have slightly cooled its boasts about the Ascend P1 since CES – it is now merely "among the slimmest smartphones on the market" with the OPPO finder having acquired the title – but the device still packs a pretty impressive spec sheet.

Wrapped in the narrow frame is a 4.3in Super AMOLED 960 x 540 screen, a 1.5GHz TI OMAP 4460 Cortext-A9 dual-core processor, a PowerVR SGX graphics chip, and Corning Gorilla Glass - so the Ascend P1 looks like an especially sly buy for entertainment-orientated mobile users.

There's also an 8-megapixel rear camera with autofocus, LED flash, and full HD video recording, and the front camera clocks in at an acceptable 1.3-megapixels. And, of course, the coveted Ice Cream Sandwich OS, which offers users access to over 450,000 apps from Google Play.

Specific pricing options will be revealed closer to the release, though it looks unlikely to be at the cheaper end of ICS-powered devices currently on the market, especially for those who do not want to take up a Vodafone contact - online retailer Handtec is currently offering it for pre-order at £359.99 plus shipping.