Well, that lasted long, didn't it? No sooner had Fujitsu's Arrows touched down with its 6.7mm thin waistline than Huawei comes along and blows it right out the water.
Well, we say that – in fact, the Huawei Ascend is just 0.02mm thinner than the Arrows – a measure which we're pretty sure is smaller than the human eye can actually detect. We can't help but agree with Stelph's comment from earlier today: “that's it, the world has gone mad.”
A lot of people reckon Huawei is in for a good year – admittedly, many of them actually work for the company, but still – but when such a fickle claim to fame is the best thing you can say about your latest phone, it does leave us with doubts.
But then again, while the P1 S gets a tick next to one of the two must-haves for a leading Android smartphone in 2012 – Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich – it falls short on the other, boasting a dual-core and not a quad-core processor. Still, 1.5GHz of ARM A9 goodness coupled with an SGX 540 graphics chip ain't nothing to be sneezed at.
And the 4.3in Super AMOLED qHD display isn't bad either, while the rest is fairly standard for a premium Android device: 8-megapixel camera with 1080p video recording plus forward-facing cam for video conferencing and 1GB of RAM. On board storage is just 4GB, but then again the P1 S has inevitably had to give up a few bytes to be that skinny (sorry, couldn't resist).
Battery-wise you're talking a 1800mAh cell, which we reckon isn't all that impressive given the specs on board, but we've no battery life claims to go on as yet.
The Huawei Ascend P1 S is all set to go on sale sometime in Q2. Which begs the question: if Fujitsu only managed to hold on to the slimmest smartphone title for a few hours (OK, it actually leaked back in November, but anyway), how much is Huawei's big song and dance going to be worth three months from now?
For the record, Huawei also mentioned the Ascend P1, which it says it'll reveal more about later in the week, but it's slightly thicker at 7.69mm though it seems much the same everywhere else - except for a weaker 1680mAh battery. No doubt it'll be slightly cheaper too.