Huawei, one of the largest Chinese mobile manufacturer,  just announced their very own Windows Phone 8 powered smartphone called as the Huawei Ascend W1. It’s quite odd that it bears the ‘Ascend’ brand because we usually see this on Huawei’s android phones. Anyway, just check out the details below.

So what’s up with this new smartphone? It packs a 4-inch display with a 480×800 pixel resolution, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 512MB RAM, 5-megapixel shooter, and the Windows Phone 8 platform.

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The Huawei Ascend W1 carries the same sexy look and set of colors of its fellow Windows Phone 8 powered devices like the Nokia Lumia 820 and the HTC 8S. It’s not a bad thing, as that type of design and lively colors now represents the Windows Phone 8 platform. We don’t know if Microsoft has something to do with that, but if they do, it’s fine as it really look sweet – at least for me.

UPDATE: Huawei Ascend W1 is now available in the Philippines for Php8,990.

While the specifications look identical on the Nokia Lumia 620, the biggest advantage of the Ascend W1 is its bigger 1950mAh battery capacity (against 1300mAh). Huawei claims that this battery can offer up to 19.6 days of standby time which means it will be the one with the longest battery life among its siblings.

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Huawei Ascend W1 Specs

  • Windows Phone 8
  • 4.0-inch IPS Display, 480×800 pixel resolution, ~233 ppi pixel density
  • Qualcomm MSM8230 Snapdragon 1.2GHz dual-core processor
  • Adreno 305 GPU
  • 512MB RAM
  • 4GB internal memory, expandable via microSD
  • 5MP camera with autofocus and LED flash
  • VGA front camera
  • 720p HD video recording
  • HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Bluetooth v2.1
  • microUSB v2.0
  • GPS, A-GPS support and GLONASS
  • Li-Po 1950 mAh battery

The Huawei Ascend W1 will be available in white, black, blue, and red. The pricing details are still unknown but we’re hoping that it will be lower than the price of Nokia Lumia 620. It will first launch in China and Russia this January and the launch on US, Europe, and Middle East will follow some time later.

[Image via Techradar]



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  1. Hmm interesting :-) the only advantages of the 620 are the 8GB memory and the fact that it’s made by Nokia. If this goes for less than 10k, then this could be a much better buy than the 620. I wonder if the 4GB would be enough, though. I’m not sure how WP8 implements external storage.