It may not be Huawei's Ascend D Quad, but the P1 smartphone from that same manufacturer is still a very compelling high-end Android offering. And, now that the release of the Ascend series has been delayed, it may be available before the release of its quad-core siblings. At a recent Huawei event, the company announced that the P1 should be out for purchase in China by mid-April, and releases for other countries like the UK, France, Japan, and Australia will follow soon.
Noticeably absent from the list are countries from the North American continent, so there's still no guarantee that the P1 will be released in the US. This really is a shame, because despite the device's fairly typical specs and design, the P1 will ship with an unmarred build of Android 4.0. Between this and the device's 1.5GHz dual-core processor, SGX540 graphics, 4.3-inch qHD AMOLED display, and 1GB of RAM, the P1 should be a great device for Android purists, who for some reason or another don't want a Galaxy Nexus.
Having a device other than the Galaxy Nexus on store shelves to show off stock Ice Cream Sandwich seems like it would be good for consumer choice, and could potential add pressure on other manufacturers to update their own devices. Still, it probably won't be worth an import from the aforementioned countries where it will be released, but if the P1 ever does make its way to the US, it should fit into Huawei's lineup quite well if priced directly below the Ascend D Quad.[Unwired View]