updated 06:00 pm EST, Mon January 9, 2012
Beats Droid Razr by a thin margin
Huawei has unveiled the Ascend P1 S, which for now is the world's slimmest smartphone at 0.26in (6.68mm). The Ascend P1 S is a major upgrade to its previous flagship smartphone, the Mercury. The Ascend P1 S has a dual-core TI OMAP 4460 chip powering a Cortex A9 CPU running at 1.5GHz, the same engine that powers the Google Nexus Prime. Not surprisingly, it will ship with Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich. The Ascend P1 S also has SGX 540 graphics for its 4.3-inch 540x960 Super AMOLED display. It is capable of recording 1080p HD video with its 8-megapixel main camera, and 720p video with a 1.3-megapixel front facing camera.
The handset has a substantial 1800mAh battery. Even so, it has dethroned the Motorola Droid Razr as the slimmest smartphone on the market.
Huawei will also introduce a slightly thicker model, the Huawei Ascend P1. The Ascend P1 will have nearly identical hardware and measure 0.3in (7.69mm) thick.
Both versions will have MHL-HDMI and DLNA connections, as well as 802.11n WiFi and Bluetooth 3.0 HS.
The handsets will be available in metallic black, ceramic white and cherry-blossom pink. Huawei says they will offer both quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE and pentaband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA, and will ship to Europe, Asia-Pacific, North America, Australia, the Middle East and China in the second quarter of 2012. Pricing has not been announced. [via Phone Arena]