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Published on Jul 10, 2012
The world of wireless is no longer a wild frontier. The pace of innovation is still rapid, the products still intriguing, but nowadays there's a predictability to the landscape. Each year, we can expect a new flagship product from the heavy hitters: Apple, Samsung, HTC, etc. The intervals between are spiced up by gap fillers: those second- and third-tier manufacturers that bring us occasional greatness, and also frequent mediocrity.
It's nice, then, to watch a new player come onto the scene every so often. One of the latest such entrants is Chinese manufacturer Huawei. Though the company is by no means new or small -it was founded in 1987 and reports profits in the billions- its focus on mobile handset sales to customers outside of China is a somewhat recent development. In addition to announcing development of its own in-house chipset at last February's Mobile World Congress, the company unveiled a slew of high-end smartphones - among them the Ascend P1.
Huawei was kind enough to provide us with a review unit, and we've been taking it for a stateside spin for the last week or so. Is it impressive enough to secure Huawei's future as a legitimate contender in the global smartphone market? Watch to find out.