Huawei were announced as one of the manufacturers who would launch the Windows Phone 8 platform when Microsoft announced the new operating system. However, it's taken a good couple of months for them to unveil their first Windows Phone 8 smartphone.
The wait is finally over because Huawei have unveiled the Ascend W1 at CES 2013 which is currently in full swing in Las Vegas. So has the Huawei Ascend W1 been worth the wait ?
Well , the Ascend W1 is a mid-range Windows Phone 8 smartphone so those looking for a premium smartphone will be disappointed. However, those seeking a reasonably priced Windows smartphone might have found what they are looking for.
Huawei's Ascend W1 has a 4 inch IPS LCD display running at a resolution of 800 * 480 pixels which features OGS technology. The Windows smartphone is powered by a dual-core 1.2 GHz Snapdragon processor and has a Adrendo 320 GPU , which is more than enough power for most users.
On-board memory is a little low at 4GB, but the good news is that it can be expanded using microSD cards. The Huawei Ascend W1 also has a 5 mega-pixel camera with auto-focus and an LED flash, while the smartphone has a 1950 mAH battery.
One of the main draws of the Ascend W1 is the Windows Phone 8 platform which has been receiving glowing reviews from industry experts. You'll be able to utilise all the features of the operating system on Huawei's smartphone including the intuitive Live Tile interface.
Huawei have confirmed that the Ascend W1 will be available to buy from O2 in the UK. However, at the current time we don't have any detail on pricing. What we know is that it'll be available in blue and ruby-pink and that it'll land sometime in the first quarter of 2013.
As as soon as more details on the Ascend W1's availability on O2 surface then 3G will let you know !
By Simon Thomas on 09th January, 2013