Huawei Ascend W1 to cost just £125? Unlikely

Huawei Ascend W1 to cost just £125? UnlikelyThe 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

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Pondlife  Nov. 27, 2012 at 21:26

Would fill a huge gap in wp8's arsenal..

matt101101 / MOD  Nov. 27, 2012 at 23:38

Would fill a huge gap in wp8's arsenal..
Honestly, I think people just don't care about WP devices, I don't think this one will help or hinder WP8's success.

Pondlife  Nov. 27, 2012 at 23:51

Hmm I don't know, actually played with a Nokia 820 earlier (whilst people were in the way of phones I wanted to play with) and I can see how it could appeal if people get to try it.
But 300+ is going to leave a lot of people cold even if they like the feel of wp8, this at c£125....

rash  Nov. 28, 2012 at 08:33

Would fill a huge gap in wp8's arsenal..
Honestly, I think people just don't care about WP devices, I don't think this one will help or hinder WP8's success.


Spot on, Win Pho don't offer anything new we don't already have in Android and iOS. Most people would not pick WP over Android/iOS. Why pick it? Made by Nokia and M$ is not good enough.

Stelph  Nov. 28, 2012 at 09:33

Would fill a huge gap in wp8's arsenal..
Honestly, I think people just don't care about WP devices, I don't think this one will help or hinder WP8's success.


Spot on, Win Pho don't offer anything new we don't already have in Android and iOS. Most people would not pick WP over Android/iOS. Why pick it? Made by Nokia and M$ is not good enough.


Id side with Pondlife on this one, theyd pick it because its heavy on the pretty graphics and consistant design throughout (unlike Android), because they know what Windows is and potentailly because MS are really hitting the Advertising hard.

However also as Pondlife says,m the price is the problem, its too high. Theyd need to drop the price to make it really desirable like the Nexus 4 has done

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