CES 2013: Huawei launches Ascend W1, its first Windows Phone 8 device

Huawei Ascend W1Alongside the Android-powered Ascend D2 and Ascend Mate, Huawei today launched its first Windows Phone 8 smartphone, the Huawei Ascend W1. As expected, it is an entry-level device designed to be easy on the pocketbook.

“Inspired and powered by people, the Ascend W1 is a combination of Huawei’s user-centric design philosophy and Windows Phone 8 software, bringing consumers a truly compelling alternative.” said Richard Yu, CEO, Huawei Consumer Business Group. “The addition of the Ascend W1 to our smartphone portfolio gives consumers access to an even wider range of Huawei smartphones. At a price that makes sense to consumers, Ascend W1 underscores our commitment to put smartphones within reach of every consumer, no matter who you are or what you want from your phone.”

Huawei Ascend W1 specifications:

  • Processor: 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM8230
  • Operating system: Microsoft Windows Phone 8
  • Cellular connectivity: UMTS/GSM
  • Other connectivity: 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1
  • Display: 4-inch WVGA (800×480) IPS LCD
  • Input: Touchscreen
  • Memory: 512MB RAM
  • Storage: 4GB onboard and microSD cards up to 32GB
  • Rear-facing camera: 5MP AF with flash LED
  • Front-facing camera: 0.3MP
  • Connectors: 3.5mm audio jack
  • Battery: 1,950mAh
  • Dimensions / weight: 124.5 x 63.5 x 10.15 millimeters / 130 grams
  • Colours: Blue, red, black, white

The Huawei Ascend W1 will first launch in China and Russia starting in January 2013. Other markets including the U.S. (and Canada?) will follow later. Pricing information was not announced.

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