Huawei W2 Windows Phone goes on sale in China for 999 Yuan ($163)
After years of struggles Windows Phones might have finally found their market niche – cheap, sub-$200 smartphones.
It’s not what Microsoft, Nokia and other OEMs who tried Windows Phone expected, but that’s where some traction is.
We got the first glimpse of interest in cheap Windows Phones with the release of $250 Nokia Lumia 620, and saw the real growth in Nokia Lumia shipments after $180 Lumia 520 launched in April. By all accounts, 520 is still doing a brisk business around the world, making Nokia a dominant Windows Phone OEM with 2/3s platform market share.
With its worldwide ambitions, Huawei also wants a piece of Windows Phone market, and now is entering the game with a handset that’s even cheaper than Lumia 520. Yesterday they started selling Ascend W2 Windows Phone for 999 Yuan ($163) in China.
Huawei Ascend W2 comes equipped with:
- 4.3” 480×800 IPS display
- 3G TD-SCDMA connectivity
- 1.4 GHz Qualcomm MSM8230 1.4GHz dual-core CPU
- 5 megapixel camera
- 8GB of ROM, micro-SD card support
With specs comparable to Lumia 520, W2 has a chance to sell in pretty good volumes, further enhancing Windows Phone position as the 3d ecosystem, cheap alternative to mid-range Androids and iPhones.
Is it where Microsoft wants their mobile OS to be? Most certainly not. But with Windows Phone hardware support capabilities perpetually a generation behind Android, that’s what they can get right now. Some unit volumes, with which comes increase in developer interest and more apps.
And, who knows, if Windows Phone is finally able to support quad-core CPUs and bigger 1080p displays before the end of this year, maybe Nokia and other OEMs may finally get some respectable volumes with better and more lucrative smartphones, too.