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Huawei's mid-range feature-rich smartphone Ascend P1, which was globally unveiled in early 2012, is now available at Indian online stores.

Flipkart is currently selling the Ascend P1 for ₹12,290, whereas another e-retailer Infibeam is offering the same handset for an additional ₹200.

The Huawei smartphone sports a 4.3-inch super AMOLED screen with qHD 960x540p resolutions and comes endowed with a high-end main camera with 8.0-megapixel having dual-LED flash support, auto-focus features and even has the ability to record full HD 1080x1920p video. It flaunts a pretty descent 1.3-megapixel secondary camera on the front.

In terms of internal hardware, it packs 1.5GHz dual-core processor, PowerVR SGX540 GPU, 1GB RAM and 4GB inbuilt memory (expandable up to 32GB). Ascend P1 runs on the Android v4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS powered by 1800 mAh Li-Polymer battery.

Earlier in the week, Sony too released a similar feature-rich handset - Xperia M - for ₹12,990 in India. It sports scratch resistant 4.0-inch TFT screen with 854x480p display resolutions and features Android v4.1 Jelly Bean OS1GB RAM, 4GB storage space, Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus dual-core processor which can clock CPU speed close to 1GHz and also boasts Adreno 305 graphics engine.

Key specifications of Huawei Ascend P1:

Model Huawei Ascend P1
Display 4.3-inch super AMOLED screen with qHD 960x540p resolutions, the screen is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass shield
OS Android v4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS
Processor Dual-core processor with 1.5GHz CPU speed
GPU PowerVR SGX540 graphics engine
Storage capacity 4GB, expandable up to 32GB via microSD card
Camera Main: 8.0-megapixel camera with dual LED flash support, full HD 1920x1080p video recording abilityFront: 1.3-megapixel camera
Battery 1800 mAh ( Type: Li-polymer)
Network 2G & 3G
Add-ons Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n), USB v2.0, Bluetooth v3.0,,A-GPS integrated with Google Maps,
Dimensions 129.0 x 64.8 x 7.69 mm
Weight 110 g
Price ₹12,290/-