Huawei Announces Windows Phone 8 Powered Ascend W1 Smartphone

Along with the recently launched, Ascend Mate and Ascend D2, Huawei has also unveiled an entry-level Ascend W1 at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2013 in Las Vegas. Unlike the first two smartphones, this handset runs on the Windows Phone 8 Operating System. The specs of this device is somewhat similar to the previously launched Nokia Lumia 620.

Richard Yu, CEO, Huawei Consumer Business Group, said,
“Inspired and powered by people, the Ascend W1 is a combination of Huawei’s user-centric design philosophy and Windows Phone 8 software, bringing consumers a truly compelling alternative. The addition of the Ascend W1 to our smartphone portfolio gives consumers access to an even wider range of Huawei smartphones. At a price that makes sense to consumers, Ascend W1 underscores our commitment to put smartphones within reach of every consumer, no matter who you are or what you want from your phone.”

Huawei Ascend W1 features a 4 inch IPS LCD touchscreen display with OGS technology, sporting a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, 1.2 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM8230 processor, Windows Phone 8 OS, 5 megapixel rear-facing camera with LED flash and auto-focus, 0.3 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls and so on.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, 512 MB RAM, 4 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1, up to 470 hours of stand-by time, up to 630 mins of talk-time and a 1950 mAh battery.

Huawei Ascend W1 will be available in blue, red, black and white colors. This handset will go on sale in China and Russia from this month, followed by Western Europe, Middle East, USA and other selected countries in the coming weeks.