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Huawei Ascend W3 with Windows Phone 8 GDR3 could debut at CES 2014

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Huawei Ascend W3 with Windows Phone 8 GDR3 could debut at CES
Huawei reaffirmed its commitment to Windows Phone in September 2013, but didn’t unveil any new WP handsets since then. It might do it at CES 2014 next week though.

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)

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