Huawei joins the Windows Phone 8 family with the Ascend W1

Huawei joins the Windows Phone 8 family with the Ascend W1

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I didn’t make it to CES this year in Las Vegas, but Huawei’s first Windows Phone 8 device, the Ascend W1, did!


The Ascend W1 a 4” device that packs a 480 x 800 display, a dual-core 1.2 Ghz Snapdragon processor, 5MP rear and .3MP front-facing cameras, and 4GB of internal storage. You can add another 32GB via the built-in MicroSD slot to give yourself plenty of space for your music, videos and movies. Huawei also included a 1950mAh battery (pretty big for a phone of this size) that the company says is good for a monster 470 hours of standby time. That figure makes it #1 in stand-by battery life out of all of dual-core Windows Phone 8 devices on the market.



I’ve had a W1 for about a week, and I’m really happy with it so far. The W1 fits great in my pocket, and it feels really nice to hold. It’s thin (about 10mm) but not too thin to hold comfortably, and the matte, textured caseback makes it easy to grip. I found the display sharp and responsive, and text, graphics and video were clear and bright.



The Huawei Ascend W1 is available in blue, red, black and white in Russia and Asia starting this month, and it’s coming to the rest of the world soon after. If you’re looking to get your first smartphone (or upgrading to Windows Phone from an old iPhone or Android device), the Ascend W1 is going to give you a lot of value for your dollar. It looks great, offers solid performance, and comes with all of the awesome stuff you expect from Windows Phone 8.


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  • ADskg
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    This is very good device especially with os of Windows is very outstanding,  hope and wish to get it.

  • Wow..amazing it's my

  • I will buy one if I do not buy my Lumia 920. But anyway, I am pround of our production spread in the world..

  • robc163
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    This looks good but for now i'm more excited about Windows Phone 7.8. Maybe in a years time I will move up to WP8 as I like the look of the announced lumia 620

  • Why Huawei get's Windows Phone 8 and my 7 Trophy by HTC not ??!!

    Sorry I'm unhappy with this. :p

  • No-way of emptying it? You must not be using Zune software to dump your pictures and videos. I agree though... 4GB is very skimpy. Hell, my 2 year old LG Optimus Windows Phone has 16GB in it.

  • 4GB is Waaaaaaayyyyy to small, i have a Lumia 820 with internal 8GB and a 32GB memory card - all photo's and vids go to memory card and the 8GB got filled up with all I can guess is "cache" with no-way of emptying it. I had to restore my phone to gain back the 4.8GB in the "OTHER" folder on my device - once restored all the software I had before was automatically downloaded and installed (great feature) + all my texts etc BUT ALL my game data was lost, meaning I have to start all my games again (VERY, VERY frustrating). Great phone, brilliant OS but some major flaws still - 4GB is way way too small for a Windows OS with this strange behaviour.