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Huawei Ascend P1 smartphone available from £190

Now that the Huawei Ascend P2 has been launched, one can expect the price of its predecessor, the Ascend P1, to fall rapidly. No surprise therefore to see that this smartphone, which was announced last year at Mobile World Congress, is on sale at Expansys for £190.

Not a bad price for what essentially the equivalent of the Samsung Galaxy S2. What strikes anyone who holds it for the first time is how thin and light it is. At 7.7mm and weighing a mere 110g, the Ascend P1 is a lightweight, especially for a smartphone that also packs a 4.3in Super AMOLED display. That screen has a 960 x 540 pixel display and comes with a layer of Gorilla Glass.

Other features include a dual-core TI OMAP4460 SoC clocked at 1.5GHz, 1GB of RAM, 4GB onboard storage plus a microSD card slot, a 1,670mAh battery, a 3D home launcher, an 8-megapixel BSI rear-facing camera, Wi-Fi, GPS, Blluetooth 3.0 and a front facing 1.3-megapixel camera.

Check out our hands-on the Huawei Ascend P2 smartphone here. Note that the phone is also available in an LTE version (albeit with some slightly different hardware) for as little as £10.50 from T-Mobile.

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