CES 2013: Huawei Ascend W1 Windows Phone finally arrives, sort of

CES 2013: Huawei Ascend W1 Windows Phone finally arrives, sort ofWe've only been talking about it for what seems like forever, but Huawei's debut Windows Phone is still stubbornly avoiding the light of day after Huawei's main press event at CES 2013 yesterday.

The low-end WinPho campaigner didn't feature in Huawei's Android-themed event, though Huawei seemed happy to discuss the Ascend W1 and showcase its specs.

The above pic of the Ascend W1's spec sheet was taken by CNET during a discussion with Huawei's product manager Richard Bhudhikanok, and details what is expected to be the most affordable Windows Phone 8 handset yet – whenever it actually goes on sale, that is.

On the positive side there's the likes of an impressive 1,950mAh battery and microSD card slot, while on the downside 512MB of RAM and 4GB of storage won't be attracting new customers in their droves on paper.

The camera combo is basic too at 5MP/0.3MP, though you do at least get 720p video at 30fps. The 4in display features an 800 x 480 IPS panel, and the physical handset comes in the wrong side of the 10mm thickness divide, measuring 10.5mm in profile, making it positively chubby by today's standards.

We're not sure whether the Huawei Ascend W1 will get a launch event of its own at CES, though it seems unlikely. Senior vice-president Richard Yu apparently said during the Huawei press event that two more “innovative” devices would be showcased at Mobile World Congress next month. Possibly it'll be shown off in more detail there.

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JanSt / MOD  Jan. 8, 2013 at 11:52

...and it's blue

mrew42  Jan. 8, 2013 at 13:11

Does being a Windows phone mean it HAS to be made garish technicolor?

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 8, 2013 at 13:20

I guess with the identi-kit homescreen, they now try to disting...distingu...nope, can't say it... distance themselves from reality :p
I don't mind the blue HTC 8S, but all those other colours? brrrrrrrrrrr.....


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