Huawei Shares Further Super-Thin Ascend P1 Launch Plans
With all the new phone hardware we’ve been hearing about in the months since, it can be easy to forget about some of the gear that was revealed all the way back at the CES in January. Huawei had a couple new Androids to show off, and while both were fantastically thin, it was the Ascend P1 S, at only 6.68 millimeters thick, that looked like it might just be able to take the thinnest smartphone crown. That’s not to say that its cousin, the Ascend P1 (no S), is much of a fatso, measuring-in at 7.69 millimeters. At the time, we learned that both phones would be coming out sometime in Q2, pretty much everywhere but South America and Africa. As the second quarter nears, Huawei discussed the Ascend P1’s launch plans at a recent event, giving us some more details on the handset’s launch.
The first nation to get the Ascend P1 will, unsurprisingly, be Huawei’s native China. We don’t exactly when that will take place, but it should be sometime around mid-April. Following that, Huawei will introduce the phone to other markets around the world, but it looks like its plans may have changed slightly since we first learned of the phone.
Huawei discussed plans to bring the Ascend P1 to Russia, Japan, Australia, and several European nations, but no longer mentioned any launch strategy for North America or the Middle East. That’s not to say that these regions won’t see the phone, but there might be a more substantial wait in store. We’re also still hoping to learn about a price point for the Ascend, which will turn up over the next couple weeks with any luck.