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It's hoping to reach more U.S. customers

Huawei is now selling its Ascend P1 smartphone through Amazon in an attempt to attract customers from the U.S. to its products.

Huawei is a Chinese telecommunications maker that has made little headway as far as sales go in the United States, but through the use of Amazon, the company is looking to reach this audience.

The Ascend P1 is an Android-powered smartphone with a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED display, a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, an 8 MP camera and 1 GB of RAM. It's also very slim at 7.6 millimeters.

“The Ascend P1 is perfect for consumers looking to get the most out of their device,” said Michael Chuang, Executive Vice President of Huawei Device USA. “Whether it’s for playing games, streaming music and videos, or sharing multimedia in the home or workplace, the Ascend P1 offers unparalleled performance and a truly unique mobile experience.”

Huawei hopes to compete with other Android-powered devices like those made by Samsung. Android is the most popular smartphone operating system in the U.S., followed by iOS.

The Ascend P1 is available unlocked for $449.99 on Amazon.

Earlier this week, Huawei found itself in hot water when it allegedly offered a bid to sell €1.3M ($1.7 million USD) worth of equipment to Mobile Telecommunication Comp. of Iran (MCI). Huawei and other Chinese telecommunication firms are contractually forbidden from reselling electronics from U.S. companies to Iran, and doing so could hurt their relationship with U.S. OEMs. Huawei denied ever producing the document, and instead blamed one of its major local partners, Skycom Tech Co Ltd.

Source: BGR

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tough sell
By GulWestfale on 1/4/2013 1:46:07 PM , Rating: 3
a quick amazon search shows unlocked galaxy SII phones going for between $370 and $420. the SII x is listed at 399, and that has a 4.5" AMOLED plus screen, a 1.5GHz duallie chip, an 8MP camera, NFC... who would buy a non-name chinese phone over that?

RE: tough sell
By StevoLincolnite on 1/4/2013 2:04:34 PM , Rating: 3
Huawei may not have much brand recognition in the USA... Doesn't make them small and cheap however and they are making some good strides in other market segments in other countries.

They usually build high-end equipment for telecommunication companies, stuff like DSLAM's, network infrastructure, those little 3G modems you buy from your providers... etc.

Still, like anything, wait for the reviews. :)

RE: tough sell
By othercents on 1/4/2013 2:34:29 PM , Rating: 2
No matter how quality Huawei is the only thing that matters is public opinion and until they change the opinion of their brand people are going to want them to be the low cost option.

If they reduced their price to get a foothold into the market, then a few good reviews and recommendations they can sell at the Samsung price levels. They won't be able to start that way.

RE: tough sell
By GulWestfale on 1/4/2013 3:05:04 PM , Rating: 2
i didn't say they were small or cheap, i said they were non-name, and compared to companies like samsung they are. they sell lots of phones in germany for example, but how many americans have ever heard of them before?

RE: tough sell
By Cheesew1z69 on 1/4/2013 7:40:10 PM , Rating: 2
Um, pretty sure they are on Metro, so quite a few. T-mobile sells them as well. Just because YOU haven't heard of them, doesn't mean others haven't.

RE: tough sell
By flubaluba on 1/24/2013 5:11:40 PM , Rating: 2
My wife has a huawei and she is in love with it, amazing phone that America is missing out on and an absolutely amazing price, the p1 is going for under £200 and is worth every penny.

RE: tough sell
By chµck on 1/4/2013 2:20:24 PM , Rating: 2
Screen size? depends on the user
Processor speed? I bet your phone is idling 98% of the time.
8mp camera? Small sensor size with the red center issue.
NFC? I have NFC on my phone but have never used it.

High end android phones are basically the same, just different bodies and brand names.

RE: tough sell
By sigmatau on 1/4/2013 11:01:51 PM , Rating: 2
Why would someone consider an almost 2 year old phone for around $400? Now that is crazy.

The new Nexus 4 which is very, very close to a GS3 can be had for $300-$350. Hopefully they will back in stock soon!

I Didn't Know that NBC Sold Phones...
By Arsynic on 1/4/13, Rating: 0
By chµck on 1/4/2013 3:16:31 PM , Rating: 2
Why would they?

By nafhan on 1/4/2013 3:50:14 PM , Rating: 3
...or maybe they just disagree with your views on branding.

RE: I Didn't Know that NBC Sold Phones...
By Cheesew1z69 on 1/4/2013 7:41:44 PM , Rating: 3
You know a person is clueless when they think that's an NBC logo...

RE: I Didn't Know that NBC Sold Phones...
By Shadowmaster625 on 1/7/2013 9:25:47 AM , Rating: 2
lol if NBC was like apple they'd be suing. It looks like NBC to me.

By Cheesew1z69 on 1/7/2013 10:01:29 AM , Rating: 2
By Motoman on 1/4/2013 9:04:58 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, like Sony or Samsung. Or Apple. Or Microsoft. Or...wait, who actually does that?

By menting on 1/4/2013 4:00:40 PM , Rating: 2
For selling an Android phone unlocked and off contract, it means they are in direct competition with the Nexus 4.
For this price vs the price of the Nexus 4, why would anyone get this phone? Lower specs, higher price, no guarantee of OS upgrade path. Unless of course, they don't want or can't afford to wait for the Nexus 4 to come back in stock at Google.

By chµck on 1/4/2013 4:19:48 PM , Rating: 2
a phone's usefulness can't be put onto a specsheet.

By menting on 1/4/2013 4:45:49 PM , Rating: 2
of course not.
but what does it have that the nexus phone doesn't that makes it more useful that's worthy of that price difference?

By chµck on 1/4/2013 8:59:59 PM , Rating: 2
Well the price difference isn't very fair because google is intentionally selling very near cost. Other manufactures can't do that cause they don't also sell content.
Besides that, differences in price may be attributed to a more pleasing UI, better camera, better build, better radio performance, better built-in speakers, nicer screen (not necessarily just resolution, but contrast ratio/viewing angles/refresh rate).
I'm in no way advocating the purchase of huawai phones, but I think you're being somewhat short-sighted.

By menting on 1/5/2013 7:01:39 PM , Rating: 2
it doesn't matter if the price is fair or not, as the end customer that do not care about brand names could care less. Why do you think most companies try to lower costs and increase efficiency? Especially with Huawai right now, trying to break into the NA market. They need to sell pretty much at cost right now, to not only compete with the Nexus 4, but also to gain brand recognition and market share.

As far as your other non-spec sheet arguments go, pretty much only the radio performance and build quality can't be reflected on the spec sheet, as all others can be pretty much approximated just from looking at the materials used. And a company, if using something that is a lot better than what other companies are doing, will make sure they advertise that as well.

By Cheesew1z69 on 1/5/2013 8:06:52 PM , Rating: 1
They ARE in the NA market, just not very big. They are currently on T-MO and Metro.

Obvious fake reviews
By ss284 on 1/5/2013 11:07:28 AM , Rating: 3
It looks like Huawei is also now writing itself amazon reviews.

“Then they pop up and say ‘Hello, surprise! Give us your money or we will shut you down!' Screw them. Seriously, screw them. You can quote me on that.” -- Newegg Chief Legal Officer Lee Cheng referencing patent trolls

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