Huawei and Airtel, at Innovation Qualcomm India 2012 event, both have announced India’s first 4G LTE phone, the Ascend P1 LTE.
Following its announcement from earlier this April, the Airtel’s 4G LTE service, at the moment, is only supported in Kolkata, Bengaluru and Pune so far. Though, the telecom operator expects to bring its service all over the country soon.
Along with 4G LTE, the handset will handle the voice calls on the underlying 3G network using Circuit Switched Voice Fall Back (CSFB voice) technology.
Moving on; running on Airtel’s TD LTE Network, the new Huawei Ascend P1 LTE features a 4.3-inch (960 × 540p) AMOLED display and a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor clocked at 1.5GHz. Other specs also include 4GB internal memory (expandable upto 32GB via MicroSD card), an 8MP rear shooter (with Autofocus and dual-LED flash) alongside a 1.3MP front-facing snapper.
Coupled with 1GB of RAM, the phone runs Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box, where a 1,800 mAh battery will snag to provide enough juice on-the-go.
Moreover, unlike the US version, the Ascend P1 LTE in India will run on a Qualcomm chipset; wherein the LTE bands will be supported by various Indian operators. Interestingly, the device is not locked to the Airtel network.
No words on pricing and availability as yet, but we suspect it to be tagged around INR 30K (circa $550). More information coming later this month. Keep it tuned with Techsnapr for additional details.