Huawei, a China based networking and telecommunications equipment supplier, is a pretty popular company. It happens to be the second largest supplier of mobile telecommunications infrastructure equipment in the world, so the mobile tower your phone is connected to right now will most probably have equipment from this company. Huawei also sells variety of devices including modems, smartphones and tablets under its own name and is one of the “proud to be made in China” brands.
Huawei has had some great Android phones in their line up, and recently the Chinese technology major has entered into a partnership with Microsoft for Windows Phone and the company has committed to launch a Windows Phone 8 based smartphone by end of the year. The new phone will be called as Huawei W1, and it may be launched as early as September 25.
There’s not much information available about the phone at this point in time, though the company is reportedly going for a different design all together, and won’t be following the design lines of Android devices from Ascend P1 and D1 lineup. According to the source, the engineering prototype is already being tested and the device will be offered in four colors – black, white, blue and pink.
Windows Phone 8 is a very promising platform. With Windows Phone 8, Microsoft is moving on from Windows CE architecture to Windows NT kernel and will have many of its components taken from Windows 8, thus allowing applications to be easily ported between the two platforms. As of now, Windows Phone still has less than 5% market share, but with the launch of Windows Phone 8 devices, Microsoft hopes to rival Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android in order to become a third major mobile platform. It’s worth noting that Huawei is one of the strategic cooperation partners at Microsoft for Windows Phone 8 global mobile phone. The remaining three partners include Nokia, Samsung and HTC. In addition, the Chinese vendor ZTE and Acer say that they will be joining the WP8 camp in 2013.
The phones will be made available in Europe, China, and the U.S. The new Nokia Lumia devices, the Lumia 820 and 920 are great, but they are high end phones, and obviously not meant for budget conscious buyers. That’s where Huawei steps in. The company will be focusing on more budget concerned customers. The company is aiming for a November-December launch. The phone is rumored to come with a price tag of $310, which is about half as much as the cost of Nokia’s Lumia 820, which itself is cheaper than the flagship Lumia 920.
Huawei W1 should definitely be a great option for people who want to switch to Windows Phone 8 for cheap. The specs are not known, though the phone should at least feature minimum specifications. Microsoft has already unveiled the minimum specification for a smartphone to be granted permission to run the Windows Phone 8 platform. What are your thoughts on Huawei W1? Let us know in the comment section below.