Huawei Ascend W2 debuts in Europe this month

Huawei today gave new rollout details for the Ascend W2, a colorful and competitively-priced new addition to its Windows Phone 8 lineup.

Available in black, blue, yellow, and red, this eye-catching successor to the company’s popular W1 model is coming to Russia and the Netherlands this month, the company said, with more markets to follow. The phone is already available in China on the country’s TD-SCDMA and UMTS networks.

“We’re excited to build on our partnership with Huawei to launch another unique handset that will delight customers around the globe,” said Terry Myerson, executive vice president of Microsoft’s recently-formed Operating Systems Group.

Under the hood, the Ascend W2 sports solid specs for a wallet-friendly phone: It has a 4.3-inch 800 x 480 WVGA IPS display, 1.4 GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor, 512 MB RAM, 8GB of built-in storage and a micro SD expansion slot. It also has FM radio support and 5 MP camera that supports 720P video recording and playback.

In a nod to cold-climate customers, the touchscreen is designed to respond even when wearing gloves. Finally, the phone’s 1700 mAh battery also boasts up to 16 days standby time, the company says.

But what really sets this phone apart is its catchy design. Besides the four body colors, Huawei also supplies more than 20 Start screen themes to dress things up. Another subtle but nice touch: the three buttons are color backlit to match your theme choice.

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