Huawei outs its first Windows Phone 8 smartphone


Huawei and Microsoft pulled the curtains up today on the first Huawei smartphone to carry Windows Phone 8 as its OS. The Ascend W1 comes with a PHP 8,990 price tag, making it one of the more affordable Windows Phone 8 models out in the market.

Inside the Ascend W1 is a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM8230 dual-core chip clocked at 1.2GHz and an Adreno 305 GPU at 400MHz. Powering the device is a 1950 mAh battery that, according to Huawei, provides approximately 470 hours of standby time and gives heavy smartphone users 1.24 days of use. It comes with a four-inch 800 x 480-resolution IPS LCD touch screen with OGS technology that promises users a vivid, natural-looking display under harsh sunlight. The device is only 10.15mm thin, uses a regular SIM card, and does not have LTE support.

The Ascend W1 comes packed with all the features and apps of a typical Windows Phone, such as Live Tiles, Kid Corner, People Hub, Rooms, and Xbox. It is now available in the color blue, but Huawei claims that white, black and red models will be released soon.

The Philippines is the first country in Asia to have launched the Huawei Ascend W1.