Huawei’s Ascend W1 Windows Phone 8 handset presented at CES 2013
Although Huawei still hasn’t properly announced the Ascend W1, the handset is being showcased at CES 2013 as the company’s first Windows Phone 8 product.
The W1 is an entry-level WP8 device, somewhat similar to Nokia’s Lumia 620. Its features include a 4 inch WVGA display, HSPA, Wi-Fi, NFC, 5MP rear camera with flash, VGA front-facing camera, 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of internal memory, MicroSD card support, and a 1,950 mAh battery.
WP Central has a short hands-on video of the W1, noting that it’s quite a nice handset:
Of course, the W1 isn’t as interesting as other Huawei devices presented at CES, like the 6.1 inch Ascend Mate, and the 5 inch Full HD Ascend D2 (both these run Android 4.1 Jelly Bean).
Wile the Ascend Mate and Ascend D2 will be released starting the following weeks, there is no word on when the Ascend W1 is going to be available. In any case, it looks like the new Huawei WP8 handset will be launched not just in China, but also in the US. The Verge discovered that the W1 had the Data Sense app enabled – and since this is available only on Verizon’s Nokia Lumia 822 and HTC 8X at the moment, the largest US mobile carrier might introduce the W1 at some point. We’ll let you know if it happens.
Update: Huawei has added the Ascend W1 to its official website here.