Huawei Ascend W1 Windows Phone unveiled

Posted on Jan 8 2013 - 8:33pm by Phalgun Shenoy

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CES 2013 is getting exciting. We are getting to see a lot of devices. Apart from tons of Android devices, Windows Phone 8 devices are being unveiled as well. We’ve already written about Samsung ATIV Odyssey, which was announced several months back, but has made a debut now. The latest device joining the Windows Phone 8 part is the Huawei Ascend W1.

Windows Phone 8 is a great operating system has got a lot of potential, but as of now it is being plagued by lack of developer support, though it is growing slowly, but cannot match the content that is delivered by Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android operating systems. Like the ATIV Odyssey, the Huawei Ascend W1 comes with a rather mediocre spec list. Thankfully, the device is dubbed as an entry level device, so the specs are in sync with the name.

Like the ATIV Odyssey from Samsung, even this Chinese offering comes with a 4 inch screen. The 4-inch IPS LCD display has a resolution of 480×800 resolution, a 1.2 GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor, a 5 megapixel rear camera, and a VGA front-facing camera. The Ascend W1 has 4 GB of internal memory, but you can expand that to 32GB using microSD cards, and has 512MB of RAM.

The company hasn’t done much to distinguish its device from the mid range WP8 offerings from HTC or Nokia in terms of the hardware, but they have included a 1,950 mAh battery. The battery capacity is substantially higher than what is present on Nokia Lumia 820 and Windows Phone 8S by HTC, which have batteries measuring 1650 and 1700 mAh respectively. Huawei is dubbing Huawei Ascend W1 as ‘best in class’, and it sure is if we take battery into consideration.

There is no exact confirmation on when it will be coming to the US, except that it will be US bound this year. Apparently, O2 will be the first to carry the phone in the UK, with the Huawei Ascend W1 release date of Q1. Pricing plays an important role in success of such a device, and it is speculated that the device will retail for under £150. In the US, it is expected to cost $240 at launch.

Folks at WMExperts have got their hands on the device and the video is embedded above. Since the phone uses a 1.2 GHz dual core processor, whereas most of the Windows phones use the slightly faster 1.5 GHz Qualcomm processor, the phone may feel a little slower, though it wouldn’t be noticeable if the user has been using a single-core phone. With the 1,950mAh, the W1 should last for about seven to nine days on standby as the power requirements of WP8 is considerably lesser than Android. For a moderate user, the device is sure to last for a day. The phone is said to have remarkably good viewing angles, which is a good thing. Software wise, you will get the stock experience, so don’t expect any fancy software from the manufacturer pre-loaded on the hardware. What do you think about Huawei Ascend W1? Let us know below.

Source: TechRadar

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