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Huawei Ascend W1 hands-on

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Huawei Ascend W1 hands-on
Huawei made a splash at CES 2013 with the announcement of its new flagship Ascend D2 and super-sized Ascend Mate Android handsets.  We have known for a while about Huawei's effort to offer a Windows Phone device.  News of the Ascend W1 came out last year, but we never received any word as to when or where it would be available.

For the near-term, the Ascend W1 will be available first in China in the near future.  No carrier announcements have been made for any US offering.  The W1 supports the common GSM/UMTS frequencies and there is no LTE or front facing camera on board, so a US appearance is not likely.  Were it to make an appearance on AT&T or T-Mobile, this entry level Windows Phone would compete directly with the Samsung ATIV Odyssey, as many of the specifications are similar.

On board, is a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, fed by a 1950mAh battery.  The screen measures 4-inches with 480x800 resolution.  The sole camera is a 5MP shooter.  There is 512MB RAM, 4GB ROM and the W1 supports microSD expansion.  The rest of the package is familiar, as the Windows Phone 8 experience is intact.  There are not any "Huawei-only" applications present which makes this a no nonsense entry-level Windows Phone device.  The Ascend W1 will be available in China first.  Pricing and carrier announcements for other markets have not been made.  We have some pictures for you below to check out, and re-visit this page again as we will have a hands-on video uploaded shortly.

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posted on 09 Jan 2013, 08:02 1

3. tashreef (Posts: 476; Member since: 24 Nov 2012)

Nokia has created such a design in every ones mind that....A windows phone must look like a Lumia....to be known as Windows Phone......

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 09:06

5. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

that was the point....to put "=" between windows platform and Nokia

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 08:55

4. cdgoin (Posts: 571; Member since: 28 Jul 2010)

Looks nice..

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 18:33

6. motty (Posts: 84; Member since: 13 Dec 2012)

Huawei no way lol

posted on 12 Jan 2013, 15:30

7. chuckster123 (Posts: 11; Member since: 25 Jun 2012)

did anyone notice towards the end of the video the phone on the left had verizon at the bottom? It also showed it was a W1...

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