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£200 Huawei Ascend P1: A decent rival to the Samsung Galaxy S2?

Expansys is selling the Huawei Ascend P1 smartphone for £200, unlocked, SIM free and with free delivery. The smartphone was one of the thinnest handsets on the market when it was launched with a frame as thin as 7.7mm (with a few bulges though).

It is powered by a dual-core TI OMAP4460 system-on-chip clocked at 1.5GHz, with 1GB of RAM, 4GB onboard storage, a microSD card slot, a 4.3in 960 x 540 pixels Super AMOLED display covered with Gorilla Glass.

Other features include Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich coupled with Huawei’s own 3D UI, an 8-megapixel rear camera with AF and BSI technology, a front facing 1.3-megapixel one, a 1,670mAh battery and a weight of 110g.

The arrival of the LG Nexus 4 in the second half of the year has changed the market dynamics between the £200 and £300 price points.

It has caused most manufacturers to slash the prices of their mainstream or even top-of-the-range smartphones in order to compete with it.

Which is why most first generation quad-core smartphones like the Galaxy S3 or the HTC One X are now priced nearer to £300 and why the prices of most dual-core handsets are either in the high £100s or in the low £200s.

Check out our review of the Huawei Ascend P1 from June 2012.

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