The Huawei Ascend W1 continues to bubble under as the affordable Windows Phone 8 handset that refuses to actually launch.
We're still no better off in terms of a potential launch date than the already-rumoured CES 2013, but Greek site Techblog posting a quick hands-on has dropped the hard-to-believe claim that the Ascend W1 will be priced at "no more than $200".
That's around £125 in the Queen's coin, and while we'd be the first to celebrate should such a claim prove true, there are serious reasons for doubt. First off, as was pointed out in the Comments to the previous Ascend W1-related piece, the predicted £200-ish price tag is about what you'd expect for a Huawei G330-like spec plus the cost of a WP8 licence.
At the suggested £200 that would still make the W1 the cheapest of the new breed of Windows Phones, while a drop to around £125 would seriously muddy the water with the upcoming flock of Windows Phone 7.8 handsets.
In short, a $200 WP8 phone makes for a great headline, but we can't see how it'll ever be more than just a headline. As for the original hands-on video, that sadly has been removed from YouTube by the user. Make of that what you will.
Via: GSM Arena