It’s the Kate Moss of smartphones – the world’s slimmest ever device has just been unleashed by Huawei at CES.

The slim yet potent 6.68mm device on an highly impressive 4.3″ 960×540 Super AOLED qHD display, Ascend P1 S runs Google Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0 and sports a 1.5GHz dual-core Texas Instruments OMAP 460 Cortex-A9 processor and SGX 4460 graphics engine for the gamers amongst us.

And thin the P1 S certainly is – leaving Motorola’s 4.3″ Razr with 7.1mm depth, iPhone 4S’s 9.3mm and Samsung’s Galaxy S 8.9mm smartphones look frumpy by comparision – and protected by Corning Gorilla Glass.

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Another slightly thicker model, the 7.79 mm Ascend P1 also packs similar specs to its slimmer sister – and other best-in-class mutual specs include Dolby Mobile 3.0 Plus 5.1 surround sound, front 1.3MP and rear 8 MP cameras with 1080p HD video for Skype calls, which also come with a flurry of cool party tricks including video editing and face distortion tools similar to Apple Front Row, according to The Register.

Bluetooth, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, HDMI to connect up to a TV also come as standard.

“It’s very convenient, very comfortable in your hand,” Huawei chairman Richard Yu told CES press audience in Las Vegas yesterday on the eve of the event which kicked off today US time in Las Vegas.

“The Ascend P1 S demonstrates our ongoing commitment to innovating high quality devices that utilize the latest hardware and software technologies.”  

And, thanks to the top spec processor, the high end Huawei’s will be “the fastest in their class,” says Yu.

In addition, the Ascends’ also promise longer battery life – up to 30% longer – thanks to 1670mAh, 1800mAh batteries.

The new smarties also have a maximum of 8GB of storage when coupled with a microSD card but has 4GB standard and 1GB RAM.

Yu also cited a price of around US$400 although did confirm the sleek model would be available Down Under probably in April after it hits Europe in March.

No word on local carriers either although a Huawei Australia spokesperson told SmartHouse: “We’re currently in talks with Australian operators but a release date hasn’t been confirmed yet.”


And like Kate Moss, Ascend likes to be fashionable and comes in funky cherry-blossom pink  colour as well as bog standard black and white.

No word yet how the Ascend feels in the palm of a hand but look out for hands-on reports later this week.

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