Huawei Ascend W3 with Windows Phone 8 GDR3 could debut at CES 2014
Chinese website ZOL reports that Huawei could announce its rumored Ascend W3 Windows Phone 8 handset at the upcoming trade fair in Las Vegas.
As previously reported, the Ascend W3 may have an ultra-thin aluminum body, borrowing design elements from a few Android-based Huawei smartphones like the Ascend D2 and Ascend P6. The new handset might feature a 4.5 inch display - slightly larger than the 4.3 display of its Ascend W2 predecessor. The screen resolution remains a mystery, but since the W3 is supposedly an affordable device it will probably not be higher than 720 x 1280 pixels. Other expected features include LTE connectivity and an 8MP rear camera. The latest Windows Phone 8 GDR3 should be on board.
With Microsoft getting ready to close the acquisition of Nokia’s phone business this year, other manufacturers are likely feeling a bit weird in regards to launching new Windows Phone handsets. Still, Huawei doesn’t seem to be bothered by this yet. It remains to be seen when (and if) the Ascend W3 will be commercially available.
source: ZOL (translated)
2. ihavenoname (Posts: 1588; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)
If I wanted to buy Windows Phone, I'd definitely take Nokia. You get Nokia exclusive apps, and more guaranteed quality, though Huawei makes good devices as well. If Microsoft really wants WP to have new OEMs, they should put Lumia apps (not photography ones) available to all WP devices. (My opinion)
4. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3576; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)
Those are still Nokias apps.. Just like Samsung, and HTC has their exclusive apps MS doesn't have the right to put these on other platforms.. Now, after the acquisition if Nokia still has the right's to Lumia apps they could put them on any device,, even Android, or iOS... But, it not MS's choice... Well, as far as I know it's not.. I could be wrong.
3. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3576; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)
It might be a good thing if MS either greatly reduced the licensing fees, or dropped them all together.. Now, isn't the time to be charging so much to use WP.. The same can be said about fees associated with app development, and XBL certification... This is where MS is shooting itself in the foot...
5. Teja171 (unregistered)
Oh no, i don't want any wp8 devices :(
6. Extradite (banned) (Posts: 316; Member since: 30 Dec 2013)
I would love a Meego Nokia Lumia, not a Lumia WP