Huawei has just announced that it will be releasing its very first smartphone running on Windows 8 in the United States this month. The Huawei W1 will be sold later this month at Walmart’s retail and online stores. This particular model is popular among budget consumers overseas and is better known as the Huawei Ascend W1.
No pricing information has been announced as of this writing however the company said that it will be competitively priced. It’s going to be sold at a no contract prepaid plan and will come in one color which is black.
Huawei W1 Technical Specifications
- Microsoft Windows Phone 8
- 1.2 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM8230
- 512 MB RAM
- 4 GB Flash memory
- Expandable up to Up to 32GB using micro SD
- 4-inch IPS LCD 480 x 800 touch screen with OGS Technology, WVGA( 800×480 pixels)
- 5.0-megapixel AF rear-facing camera with flash LED and 0.3-megapixel front-facing camera
- GSM 850, 900, 1800, 1900
- HSDPA 900, 100
- HSDPA 850, 1700, 1900, 2100
- Bluetooth 2.1
- 1950 mAh battery
If you’re planning to try out the Windows Phone 8 ecosystem but don’t want to spend a lot the purchased of a smartphone then the upcoming Huawei W1 will make a great choice. While it doesn’t come with a polycarbonate body of some of the Lumia models it is still a solid device that can provide you with a good experience on the Windows Phone 8 environment.
The W1 has a solid and sturdy design despite being made of plastic. What you will initially notice is the ridge of its glass display that goes all the way around. It makes it look like it was slapped on top of the chassis which reminds us of the HTC One V. The back portion has a removable cover which you can take out to gain access to the battery, micro SIM and microSD.
One of the remarkable features of this model is that it has an amazing battery life. You’ll get two days at most on average usage before needing a recharge. Of course the battery life drains much quicker if you go on long gaming sessions with it or watch full length movies. If you run out of battery you can always pop in a spare battery if you have one since it has a removable cover or just plug it in your charger.
Overall this is going to be one of the cheapest smartphones available that will introduce you to Windows Phone 8.