In the Windows Phone arena, all we hear about these days is the Lumia 920 or the HTC 8X. But how about some time for good ol’ Huawei? The company as we know, is one of the four Windows Phone 8 partners Microsoft has nominated and it was about time we heard or saw something from the company. Last month, we saw the W1 leak out in Cyan, but now what we have here is seen posing in White. It’s certainly a Windows Phone 8 device and a quick run through the specs sheet tells us it’s an entry level device. It is speculated that the device will be limited to the Asian market with China getting it first. It’s good to see an entry level Windows Phone 8 device out there, when all we see is flagship smartphones. Huawei is known for its low priced offerings, and this seems to fit that category perfectly. Only yesterday we saw the Ascend W3 leak in the web, which is a high end Windows Phone 8 smartphone. So it seems like Huawei has all the bases covered.
The Ascend W1 is believed to feature a 4-inch LCD panel with a resolution of 480×800, a 5MP camera on the back, 1.2 GHz CPU, NFC and a 2,000 mAh battery. Thankfully, the device will come with a removable back panel unlike most of the unibody smartphones around us (again, the 8X and the Lumia 920 comes to mind). Not sure when the smartphone will be launched, but it seems like Huawei will bring it to the market in time for the holiday season. The U.S Congress has had some issues with the company and its alleged reports of spying and worrying relations with the Chinese military. We’re not sure whether Microsoft knew of these allegations back when it announced the company’s partnership with Windows Phone 8 hardware in June. Unless it is proved, we don’t see reasons for worry, especially for the Americans.
Huawei is known for its Ascend D Quad smartphone which was on par with most quad core smartphones out there, but it unsurprisingly got overshadowed by the Samsung Galaxy S III. But with a strong consumer base in China, Huawei is actually a serious contender to world market. The company is on the verge of expanding its global reach with so many low-end/mid-ranged Android devices making their way to the markets too. Let’s hope we get to see the Ascend W1 soon, as Microsoft desperately wants to increase the market share of Windows Phone 8.