Huawei’s Windows Phone, the Ascend W1, On Display at CES


The big screen Ascend D2 and Ascend Mate may have dominated Huawei’s CES press conference, but the company also has another phone on display at the show, the long-awaited Ascend W1. The W1 is interesting due to it being the company’s first Windows Phone 8 handset, and it has been rumoured for some time.

Although it hasn’t really been officially announced – still – Huawei has confirmed the device’s specification. The screen measures 4-inches and has a resolution of 480 x 800, while the processor is a 1.2GHz, dual-core Snapdragon with 512MB of RAM alongside. The primary 5 megapixel camera has an LED flash and is joined by a basic 0.3 megapixel video call lens.

There’s an unknown amount of internal memory – previous leaks have indicated 4GB – but this can be expanded with the use of a microSD card up to 32GB in size. The feature list continues with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1, NFC and GPS. The phone has been pictured several times, and of those published on the Internet from the show, it’s clear it’ll be available in several different bright colours, much like Nokia and HTC’s Windows Phone 8 hardware.

As the Ascend W1 didn’t get much of an announcement, it hasn’t been given a release date or any confirmation of where the phone will launch either. We wonder if Huawei is holding it back for Mobile World Congress 2013?

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