Airtel and Huawei launch India’s first 4G LTE phone, Ascend P1

Airtel and Chinese telecom giant Huawei on Tuesday announced the launch of first 4th Generation LTE phones in India. The announcement was made at Qualcomm’s annual mobile industry event in Delhi.

The average revenue it expects to generate out of each customer is around $20 on the 4G network, said Sanjay Kapoor, Deputy CEO at Bharti Airtel Limited. The Huawei phones called Ascend P1 LTE launched ahead of Diwali festivities could not have been timed better. The device is powered by a snapdragon processor.

Earlier this year, Airtel had partnered with Huawei to launch 4G networks in Kolkata and Bangalore. The telecom operator selected Huawei to deploy its TD LTE (Time-Division Long-Term Evolution) 4G network giving users access to rich data and higher bandwidth.

The phone has a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 dual core processor at 1.5 Ghz, Android Ice Cream Sandwich operating system, 1 GB RAM, 4 GB ROM, 4.3 in super amoled HD display, an 8 megapixel camera and Gorilla Glass.

Though the device isn’t locked to Airtel, but consumers will not have an option as Airtel is the only 4G provider in the country (as of now). Price of the device will be announced after 2 weeks from now.

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