Huawei’s First Windows Phone 8 Handsets Expected This Week

Huawei was a new addition to Microsoft’s roster of hardware partners this year, and if the rumours play out as expected, we could be seeing the first Windows Phone 8 devices from the up-and-coming manufacturer later this week.

The release slate could contain two phones, currently known as the Ascend W1 and Ascend W2. They’ll join other Huawei Ascend devices, such as the P1, which run Google’s Android OS.

Although they share the same name as the Android phones, the design is expected to change, but the specification could be similar, at least on the more advanced handset of the two. As a reminder, the P1 has a 4.3-inch screen, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor and an 8 megapixel camera – all of which sound suitable for Windows Phone.

News of the Ascend W1 comes from Huawei’s chairman himself, who teased the device via the Chinese social network Weibo, saying it’ll come in several colours including black, blue, white and pink, will cost around £200 and will be out in either November or December.

Despite Windows Phone 8 still not having an official release date, November seems likely, given Windows 8′s 26 October debut. The W1 will be released in Europe, along with Asia and America too.

Huawei will join NokiaSamsung and HTC as the brands behind Windows Phone 8′s launch, and early next year, LGAcer and ZTE will add their own devices to the range too.

The date to watch for more news on Huawei’s Ascend W1 and W2 Windows Phones is 25 September.

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