Huawei to release Windows Phone 8 smartphone before the end of the year

Huawei to release Windows Phone 8 smartphone before the end of the yearWe've been banging on about Huawei for a while now here on Mobot - probably because we're quite excited to see how it's going to perform as a 'new' contender (not in the literal sense of the word, before the comments start to see some chatter) in an already crowded Android market place.

The Honor is the big talking point right now and is, of course, an Android baby. But the Chinese company is now, apparently, planning to release its first Windows Phone 8 device before the end of the year.

The Huawei Ascend will, and we quote, "end the year with a big bang". Presumably, they're not going to be tying it to some Hogmanay fireworks and mean that it'll be a good little phone.

Predictably, China will see it first before it makes its way to the US and Europe to help spearhead Huawei's efforts to become a major player in its own right after years of creating badged devices for the big boys.

Some rumours have claimed the Ascend will ship for as little as £300 SIM-free, the argument being that as an emerging name in western markets it will have to sell its wares at a cheaper rate while it builds a reputation for itself.

The Honor, for example, is going for just £205 SIM-free despite having specs that would lead most competitors to charge at least £100 more.

But the big question. And this is a huge one. Does anyone actually know how your pronounce 'Huawei'? We flit between a Geordie word of greeting and a US state in the Pacific Ocean, but don't actually know.

Via The Verge

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SpeedyG  Jun. 22, 2012 at 19:06

Combine both and you may be right, Phil. ;)

Honor (Or should it be Honour, lol) should be nicely around the £150 soon enough.

The mid-range smartphone market is outrageously competitive right now.

AhmadCentral  Jun. 22, 2012 at 19:54

It's pronounced 'who-are-weigh"

I wish they'd release more of their phones here at the same time rather than months after in the UK.

Andy247  Jun. 22, 2012 at 23:03

It's pronounced 'who-are-weigh"

I wish they'd release more of their phones here at the same time rather than months after in the UK.


Only if you're frightfully posh, otherwise it's "Who-ah-weigh" for the majority.

matt101101 / MOD  Jun. 22, 2012 at 23:32

It's pronounced 'who-are-weigh"

I wish they'd release more of their phones here at the same time rather than months after in the UK.


Only if you're frightfully posh, otherwise it's "Who-ah-weigh" for the majority.

Or if you're from where I live, "Hoo-arr-weh", don't you just love Nottingham :p?

satchef1  Jun. 22, 2012 at 23:47

This really caught me by surprise on Wednesday. I knew the launch was restricted to 4 OEMs for the first two quarters, but I didn't expect Huawei to be one of the four. I know they have big plans this year for the US and Europe, but seeing their name alongside Nokia, HTC and Samsung is just... odd.

bettsy  Jun. 23, 2012 at 11:21

It's pronounced more 'Wah-Way' from videos i've seen from MWC in Barcelona of their exec's talking about products.

They're huge in telecommunications, surprises me that they've taken this long to get into their own branded phones. They'll be as big as HTC within the next 2 years.

AhmadCentral  Jun. 24, 2012 at 16:05

It's pronounced 'who-are-weigh"

I wish they'd release more of their phones here at the same time rather than months after in the UK.


Only if you're frightfully posh, otherwise it's "Who-ah-weigh" for the majority.


Yeh aha, ah sounds better than are. I'm not great at spelling phonetically.

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