China has been enjoying it for some time now, but the Huawei Ascend W2 is finally reaching out to more markets. It’s a good budget alternative for users who want a Windows Phone besides the usual and popular models from Nokia, HTC, and Samsung.

As a budget device, the Huawei Ascend W2 is packed with a dual-core Snapdragon processor, Adreno 305 graphics, 512MB of RAM, and a 4.3-inch screen, the last of which is mentioned in the official website as having only the older TFT LCD instead of IPS LCD. Some users may also be disappointed by the fact that there’s no option to expand storage externally; they will have to make do with a meager 8GB ROM.

Huawei Ascend W2 Specs

  • Windows Phone 8 OS
  • 4.3-inch TFT LCD (800×480 WVGA), ~217ppi
  • 1.4GHz dual-core Snapdragon 400 MSM8230 processor
  • Adreno 305 GPU
  • 512MB RAM
  • 8GB internal storage
  • 5-megapixel main camera
  • No front camera
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
  • 3G, HSDPA
  • Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP
  • GPS, A-GPS
  • Dimensions: 134 x 67 x 9.9mm
  • Weight: 160g
  • Li-Ion 1700mAh battery

As per the Windows Phone standard, the Huawei Ascend W2’s rear-facing shooter is paired with a dedicated camera button, allowing users to readily capture the moment. Sadly, there’s no front-facing camera. Included connectivity options are Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and 3G. All in all, the W2 is a capable handset running on Microsoft’s mobile operating system. It’s not the best budget device out there, but not the worst either.

Pricing information has not been officially announced yet, though Huawei is reported to claim the device as an affordable choice for frugal buyers. Available color variants to choose from for the Huawei Ascend W2 are blue, red, yellow, and black. The company is eyeing the Russian and Dutch markets next, with no official word on a Philippine release.

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