Huawei launches Ascend P1 smartphone in the UAE

Huawei, a global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, recently announced the official release of its much anticipated Huawei Ascend P1 smartphone now available at retailers across the country.

The launch marks the first Huawei smartphone to be introduced regionally under the company’s new Ascend Platinum series (denoted by the “P1”) which comes fully-loaded with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS and features a powerful dual-core 1.5GHz processor with a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen with Corning Gorilla Glass.

Despite being a relative newcomer to the mobile phone business, the global technology giant has revealed ambitious plans to establish itself as one of the top five global smartphone vendors within the next two years—reaching top three status by 2015.

“By solidifying strong ties within the industry to create an open and cooperative value chain process for our products, we believe that Huawei’s long-standing strengths in research and development (R&D) are now being showcased more distinctly and competitively through the launch of our Ascend Platinum series,” said Jiao Jian, Middle East president of Huawei Device.  “Furthermore, UAE is a vibrant market for consumer electronics, one in which we feel that Huawei can succeed in offering the latest technology innovations coupled with robust media applications and a particular emphasis on chic model designs.”

Within the Middle East, Huawei Device has focused on strengthening its regional distribution partnerships over the last year, and has successfully introduced a number of local smartphone models. Earlier this spring for example, Huawei introduced its first two smartphones to the Qatar market—the Huawei X5 and Huawei IDEOS—through distribution partner Informatica Qatar (iQ). Breaking even Huawei expectations, both product lines sold out; three months’ worth of estimated retail stock going after just three weeks in stores. Similar demand was seen following the release of the Huawei Honor smartphone in KSA, where again three months’ stock was sold out inside of a month, the company said.

The Ascend P1 is being released in a single ceramic white model retailing for AED 1,899 at major retail outlets including Sharaf DG, Jacky’s, Jumbo Electronics, Emax and more.

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