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  • India gets it's first 4G smartphone, the Huawei Ascend P1 LTE it is!

    Huawei, the Chinese smartphone maker has launched India's first LTE (4G) smartphone, the Huawei Ascend P1 LTE in collaboration with the Indian telecom giant, Airtel and the smartphone chipset maker, Qualcomm.

    Powered by a 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, the Ascend P1 LTE runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and supports ultra-high speed 4G wireless data on the LTE network. Using Circuit Switched Voice Fall Back (CSFB voice) technology, 3G network supports the voice calls on the smartphone.

    At the launch, CEO of Huawei India, Cai Liqun said, "LTE is the future of mobile communications, and faster data access experience will become a key area of differentiation for consumers when choosing their mobile devices.

    The availability of the Huawei Ascend P1 LTE is just one more way in which we are putting great technology into the hands of more people globally and now in India."

    Also present at the launch was Avneesh Agrawal, the president of Qualcomm India and he added, "With this significant milestone, consumers in India will have the choice of enjoying high-speed mobile broadband experience using an LTE smartphone,."

    The device packs some impressive specifications like a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen display that has a resolution of 960×540 pixels and is protected by a Corning Gorilla Glass. The Huawei Ascend P1 LTE comes with 4 GB of internal storage with a micro-SD card slot for storage expansion and 1GB RAM. It sports an 8 megapixel camera with dual-LED flash. The connectivity options also include Wi-Fi, micro USB and Bluetooth. The Ascend P1 LTE comes with an 1800 mAh battery.

    The Indian telecom giant, Bharti Airtel had rolled out it's 4G services in Kolkata and Bengaluru earlier this year, and became the first Indian telecom operator to do so.

    Commenting on the launch of the smartphone, the CEO of Bharti Airtel ( India and South Asia), Sanjay Kapoor said, "We took the lead in introducing India’s first 4G service in Kolkata and continue to commit towards driving the country’s broadband agenda. As applicable to any new technology across the world, the long term adoption of 4G will rely on a variety of factors, specifically the device ecosystem readiness. The availability of 4G voice and data compatible devices will play a defining role in massifying 4G, and driving its adoption. We are excited to announce the launch of India's first 4G LTE TDD multi-mode mobile device along with Qualcomm and Huawei, and are delighted to take the lead in setting technology standards for 4G devices in India. We are confident that others will follow suit and participate in the effort towards establishing the 4G devices ecosystem in India."