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Huawei Ascend P1 LTE Gets FCC Approval

Huawei released the big news about their upcoming high end Android smartphone back in January and enthusiasts and fans alike have been eagerly waiting for the day they would update on the progress.  Today is that day.  The news is that the Huawei Ascend P1 and P1S smartphones has passed FCC and has been given the green light.  It is still disappointing though because Huawei is dragging its feet in developing this phone.  Other high end devices have already been released in the US market.  The news about the Huawei Ascend P1 is not so exciting anymore because even after an eight month wait, the best they can give us is ‘coming soon’.  This is so uncool.

Rumor is that there is a version of Ascend P1 that has gotten an FCC approval but there is no indication that the device in question may be LTE capable.  As it is the norm these days, high end phones intended for the US market are LTE capable and it is likely that this handset will come to the US market soon.  Based on its codename 201HW, 900/1500/2100 MHz HSPA, XLI and LTE band, it is obvious that the handset will be heading to Japan and will be launched on SoftBank mobile, Japan’s largest mobile network.

FCC has become our newest most reliable source of new gadgets news and it does not fail.  The papers we saw though do not mention so much about the specifications of the handset but all pointers indicate that this will be a high end device – very different from the international model.  What I expect Huawei to give us is at least a dual core device at 1.5GHz OMAP processor, 1GB RAM, 4GB inbuilt memory, a rear 8MP camera and a 1.3MP front camera.  The screen is a 4.3 inch AMOLED touchscreen with a 960 X 540 pixels.

The FCC has given us a glimmer of hope that the P1 may be headed to the US market but still there has been no official communication or a credible leak from Huawei about it.  I doubt there are many fanatics looking forward to this handset but if there are, do not let the excitement die down yet.  We will be updating you soon.

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