Windows Phone 8 landgrab starts with a $150 Huawei 4Afrika - rebranded Ascend W1

Microsoft will try to coral the African continent before Android and Nokia have taken a complete reign over there with none other but Huawei as a partner, and a rebranded Ascend W1, called 4Afrika.

No kidding, that's what the handset is called, and the name is even stamped as a logo on the back of the handset. It will be first introduced Cairo, Nairobi, Lagos, Abidjan, Ivory Coast, and Johannesburg. 

The kicker - Huawei 4Afrika will cost only $150 there, which is a superb pricing scheme for a phone with 4" IPS-LCD WVGA screen, 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 5 MP camera shooting HD video, and a microSD slot. A landgrab in a colorful package, that's what it is.

Microsoft International’s President Jean-Philippe Courtois had the following to say: “We believe there has never been a better time to invest in Africa and that access to technology — particularly cloud services and smart devices — can and will serve as a great accelerator for African competitiveness.

source: WindowsBlog

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Ascend W1
  • Display 4.0 inches 800 x 480 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP (Single camera) 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus 0.5GB RAM
  • Storage 4GB, microSDHC
  • Battery 1950 mAh
  • OS Windows Phone 8


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