(Relaxnews) – Chinese consumer electronics manufacturer Huawei has taken the wraps off the thinnest smartphone in the world.
With a profile of just 6.68 millimeters, the Huawei Ascend P1 S has stolen the title from Motorola’s Droid Razr smartphone, an ultra-skinny handset unveiled in October 2011 that measures in at 7.1 mm. For comparison, the iPhone 4S has a profile of 9.3 mm and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus measures 8.94 mm.
“We’re excited to unveil the world’s slimmest smartphone here at CES 2012,” said Richard Yu, chairman of Huawei Device on the eve of the International Consumer Electronics Show. “The Ascend P1 S demonstrates our ongoing commitment to innovating high quality devices that utilize the latest hardware and software technologies.”
The Ascend P1 S is not only sporting record-making looks, it also boasts some top-of-the-line features including a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED 960×540 Corning Gorilla Glass display, a fastest-in-class dual-core 1.4GHz processor and Google’s Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system. There’s also an 8MP camera with dual-LED flash, a 1.3MP front-facing camera and 1080p video capture capabilities.
In the past the Huawei brand has not typically been associated with high-end smartphones in the US, but the launch of the Ascend P1 S should quickly change that view.
Huawei intends to cement its profile as a high-end smartphone manufacturer by proving itself alongside well-known smartphone makers such as Apple, Samsung and Motorola.
Not content with just one flagship smartphone up its sleeve, Huawei is launching a second top-of-the-line smartphone called the Ascend P1. The Ascend P1 is part of the same series as the Ascend P1 S (and features the same functionality) but has a bigger battery and is slightly thicker at 7.69 mm.
In the leadup to CES, Motorola has announced a new version of the Droid Razr, called the Razr Maxx, and is showing off the world’s thinnest LTE smartphone with a QWERTY keyboard, the Droid 4.
Motorola’s Droid 4 might lay claim to being the world’s thinnest LTE QWERTY smartphone but it’s almost double the thickness of the Huawei Ascend P1 S with its 12.7 mm profile.
The 9mm thin Motorola Razr Maxx smartphone is close to 2mm thicker than its Droid Razr sibling but manages to squeeze a huge 3300mAh battery into its chassis, meaning that you will be able to play games and surf the web all day without having to find a charger.
The Huawei Ascend P1 S is rumored to be priced at around $400 but official prices have not been announced. Both the Ascend P1 S and P1 will be available in Europe, Asia-Pacific, North America, Australia, the Middle East, and China from April 2012.