We had previously seen Huawei Ascend W1 at the CES 2013 that took place last month in Los Angeles. Huawei is one of the smartphone companies from mainland China which have been making waves in the smartphone industry.
The Ascend W1 is a decent Windows Phone 8 device. It’s a mid range device, so don’t expect anything outstanding in device because you get what you pay for. The good news is that Ascend W1 has finally visited FCC and it has got the approval. Now that this Windows Phone 8 device has bagged the FCC approval, the device will no longer be limited to countries such as Russia, India and China.
The phone showed up at FCC wearing a TracFone branding. TracFone is known for its feature phones and is a feature phone centric company, though the firm does have the Net10 brand which includes a lineup of some popular smartphones that are widely available, including the Samsung Galaxy S III, and Apple iPhone 4, and now Huawei’s Ascend W1 has appeared with Net10 branding, and it’s not a bad place for it to make appearance in.
As far as the device goes, it is a very good device for emerging market and should do fairly well in the U.S. It will give Samsung’s ATIV Odyssey a good competition. Similar to ATIV Odyssey, 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 device doesn’t have features that will make it stand out of the crowd of mid range WP8 smartphones, but Huawei has included a 1,950 mAh battery pack which will ensure that the phone stays up longer than competitor’s products. The Nokia Lumia 820 and Windows Phone 8S by HTC have battery capacities of 1650 and 1700 mAh respectively
The device supports neither NFC nor wireless charging, nor does it come front facing camera, but the segment it is targeting doesn’t require it to have those features.
For those who have been wanting to get Windows Phone 8 experience within a small budget, Huawei’s Ascend W1 seems like a viable option. It should be noted that Nokia Drive+, which is an outstanding turn-by-turn navigation application, is now available for free on Windows Phone Store, which means any Windows Phone 8 device will have access to the feature that has been setting apart Nokia’s Lumia range from competing products. So basically, apart from having access to all the basic services that Windows Phone 8 has to offer, the Ascend W1 will also have the best turn-by-turn navigation feature to go along with it.
It is inexpensive devices like the Ascend W1 which will help Microsoft grow its install base. What are your thoughts on Ascend W1? Would you consider buying this? Let us know.