Comparison - Huawei Ascend P1 vs Sony Xperia P
Translated by Loh Ving Sung
26 June 2012 – We are comparing two mid-end devices against each other this week, the Huawei Ascend P1 against the Sony Xperia P.
They share a few similarities including an 8-megapixel autofocus camera that records 1080p along with a front facing camera. The devices also share connectivity options like HSPA, WiFi, WiFi hotspot and DLNA. Both smartphones are powered by 1GHz RAM. Their screens also share the same pixel resolution at 960 x 540 pixels.
But there are plenty of differences between the two devices - the 4.3-inch Huawei Ascend P1’s touchscreen has the larger screen when compared against the 4.0-inch Sony Xperia P. The Xperia P sports display technology such Sony’s Mobile Bravia Engine and the Sony WhiteMagic technology, which improves its brightness and sunlight legibility.
And physically, the P1 is noticeably thinner compared Xperia P (7.7mm vs 10.5mm). To accommodate its bigger display, the Ascend P1 is taller and wider than the P. But the Xperia P is heavier (120 grams vs 110 grams).
While both phones come with the same 8-megapixel camera, the Xperia P’s imager is improved by the Exmor R engine and comes equipped with additional features like touch focus, 3D sweep panorama, and image stabilisation.
On the hardware front, the P1 has a 1.5GHz dual-core processor compared to the Xperia P which has a 1.2GHz dual-core processor. On the software front, the Xperia P is powered by Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) skinned with the Timescape UI while, the Ascend P1 comes with Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). The Ascend P1 has 4GB internal memory and a microSD slot, and the Xperia P has 16GB internal memory.
Pricing-wise, the Xperia P is priced at S$ 688 while the Ascend P1 is available in China for RMB ¥2999 (S$ 602).
While we are impressed with how jam packed the Xperia P is with features, it has a great looking display and an 8-megapixel camera tweaked with software features. However, it faces stiff competition from the Ascend P1, which is similarly priced, has a sleeker form factor, a bigger screen and is powered by Ice Cream Sandwich right out the box.
Huawei Ascend P1
HSPA + WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, 4.3-inch touchscreen candybar, 8.0-megapixel camera, 4GB Memory + MicroSD slot, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
The Huawei Ascend P1 is the thicker variant of the P1 S, which comes in a 7.69mm body, and packs a bigger 1800mAh battery.
It features a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED qHD (960x540) display, a TI OMAP 4460 processor running at 1.5GHz, an SGX 540 graphics processor, 1GB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage, 8 and 1.3-megapixel rear and front cameras respectively, GSM/GPRS/EDGE and UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA bands, and is powered by Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) platform.
The device was released in China priced at RMB ¥2999, but no word about when it will be coming to our shores.
Sony Xperia P
HSPA + WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, 4.0-inch touchscreen candybar, 8.0-megapixel camera, 16GB Memory, Android OS 2.3 (Gingerbread)
The Sony Xperia P stands out of the crowd with its 4.0-inch qHD display manufactured using Sony's WhiteMagic technology, which the company claims is capable of delivering brightness superior to that of any other smartphone on the market at the moment
A 1.0 GHz dual-core chipset provides the Sony Xperia P with processing power, which will be running on Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). An 8-megapixel rear shooter, capable of full HD video capture in addition to 2D and 3D imaging, is located on the back.