Huawei Debuts Ascend W1, We Go Hands On

Huawei's first Windows Phone 8 device is the Ascend W1, revealed at CES 2013. Looking at the specifications, we hope that the Ascend W1 has a low price. The W1 is a 4-inch device with 480 x 800 pixels IPS display. The heart of the phone is a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 dual-core 1.2 GHz processor paired with an Adreno 305 GPU. Another downside of this phone is 512 MB of RAM, which may be insufficient for the multitasking needs of Windows Phone 8.

The handset measures 124.5 x 63.7 x 10.5 inches and has a 1,950 mAh battery. According to Huawei, its 470 hours of standby time are longer than any other Windows Phone device. In terms of features, the W1 includes a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera with a VGA front-facing camera. It sports only 4 GB of onboard storage, which seems too low for today's standards. Though there is a MicroSD slot with 32 GB support.

Huawei also said that the Ascend W1 will be available in various colours. Russia users will first get their hands on W1 while other countries should get their samples by the end of this month.

One more interesting thing is that the W1 is not the only Windows Phone 8 device the company will be making. There are rumours that the company is working on a Windows Phone 8 handset that will be similar to the 6.1-inch Ascend Mate.

We Went Hands On

Huawei Showcases its First Windows Phone 8 Smartphone

With the longest standby time in its class, the HUAWEI Ascend W1 offers consumers a smarter alternative at the right price

Las Vegas, U.S.A., January 8, 2012: Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, unveiled its first Windows Phone 8 smartphone, HUAWEI Ascend W1, at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) today. The Ascend W1 is 10.15 mm thin and features a 4-inch IPS LCD 480 x 800 touchscreen with OGS Technology, powered by the high-end Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM8230 dual-core 1.2 GHz processor and Adreno 305 GPU. With a 1950 mAh battery, the Ascend W1 has 470 hours* of standby time, the longest among all smartphones in its class. It features a visually iconic design inspired by a tropical island and comes in an array of bold colors including blue, red, black and white. The Ascend W1 is a smart and stylish alternative for consumers looking for great technology at a price that is right.

The HUAWEI Ascend W1 has a low reflective IPS LCD display with full lamination technology, which provides brilliant visibility under any lighting condition. The Windows Phone 8 Start screen lets you customize and pin Live Tiles with topics of personal interest, providing real-time updates that are uniquely yours. Additionally, a dynamic lock screen allows you to select the photos or updates most important to you and have them ready at a glance, even when the phone is locked.

"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." said Richard Yu, CEO, Huawei Consumer Business Group. "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."

"We are excited to be working with Huawei to further expand our device portfolio to new locations and price points, allowing more people to experience Windows Phone 8 while enjoying the Ascend W1's unique features," said Terry Myerson, Corporate Vice President of the Windows Phone Division.

The HUAWEI Ascend W1 will be available in China and Russia from January 2013, with Western Europe, Middle East, USA and other selected countries to follow.