The Huawei Ascend P1, one of the thinnest smartphones ever made, was announced in January. It’s already available in a handful of markets (most notable of those being the company’s native China). It will only make it to Europe next month though, which is also when it will be released in Japan.
It’s not that common for Huawei or ZTE (the big two Chinese phone makers) to get one of their devices launched in Japan, so this is something of note. The Ascend P1 got renamed while traveling from China to Japan, and will be sold by Emobile as the GS03. Believe it or not, the Japanese carriers still seem to love cryptic letter+number combinations for phone names. That’s the norm over there, so don’t be surprised.
Aside from the different name, not much has changed though. The GS03 is a bit thicker than the ‘regular’ Ascend P1 at 7.9 mm compared to 7.69, but that won’t be something anyone will notice. Aside from that, it’s got the same 4.3-inch qHD (540×960) touchscreen, dual-core 1.5 GHz TI OMAP 4460 processor, 8 MP rear camera, 1.3 MP front-facing camera, 21 Mbps HSDPA, 5.76 Mbps HSUPA, and it weighs 110 grams. It runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, a very lightly skinned version (with a few extra widgets and some ’3D’ elements, but otherwise quite stock-like). Perhaps the Emotion UI isn’t ready yet.
The GS03 will become available at Emobile on June 14 for up to 50,000 yen ($635 or €512), depending on which contract you choose.