It’s no longer a secret that several Chinese smartphone manufacturers are looking to leave their mark on US and other Western countries as soon as possible. Unfortunately though, high-end and even mid-range devices from that part of the globe have been rare sights in the “free world”.
And while the general blockage might not be unclogged too soon, Huawei can brag with at least one specific success. The Ascend P1, released way back in May 2012 in Asia, is finally available directly to US tech lovers, courtesy of Amazon.com.
The online retailer is selling the P1 for $450 in its unlocked, SIM-free flavor but there are a couple of downsides to the “deal”. First off, the phone on sale via Amazon is a 3G-only device and not the LTE version that’s seen daylight last fall in a few countries around the world.
Second, you won’t be able to activate this particular P1 on a CDMA network but only on GSM carriers such as AT&T and T-Mobile. But enough with the downsides and let’s mention a couple of strong points too. There’s a 4.3-inch display with 960 x 540 pix res, a 1.5 GHz dual-core CPU, 1 GB of RAM and an 8 MP rear-facing snapper. Not bad for 450 bucks, eh?