Huawei's new aluminium Windows Phone expected to début at CES

While Nokia, Samsung and HTC attract the lion’s share of attention in the Windows Phone ecosystem, Huawei hasn’t yet given up on Microsoft’s mobile OS. After launching the Ascend W2 in mid-2013, the company looks set to add a third device to its Windows Phone line-up, which could be announced in the next few days.


The Ascend W2 was Huawei's most recent Windows Phone - but there's at least one more on the way

According to FoneArena, the Ascend W3 is expected to be launched at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) this week. Like the W2, the device is believed to feature a mid-range spec sheet, although it is said to have a larger and higher-res display – possibly around 4.5-inches and HD (1280x720px) resolution. 

Unlike Huawei’s previous Windows Phones, however, the Ascend W3 will reportedly feature a thin aluminium body, as we reported in September. It is said to incorporate some design features similar to the company's ultra-slim Ascend P6 Android handset, which has a body that's just 6.18mm-thick. 

There are no firm details yet on when the device will actually go on sale. However, it is claimed that it will launch with the most recent Windows Phone 8 version, 'Update 3', suggesting that it will be made available before the arrival of Windows Phone 8.1, which we expect to be revealed at Microsoft's BUILD 2014 conference in early April. 

Huawei has indicated that it remains committed to Windows Phone, despite Microsoft’s purchase of Nokia, whose Lumia range currently accounts for 90% of the platform’s handset sales. 

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_dandy_ said,
> thin aluminium body

The only thing more dent-resistant than aluminium is *thin* aluminium.

/s

...but Apple told the world aluminum was cool and magical.

So polycarbonates and other 'newer' composite materials are seen as 'plastic' even though they can be hit with a baseball bat and not have a scratch.

PS Nokia jumped on this with the 925 as well, and got great reviews for the Aluminum body. However in comparison to the 920/928/1020, they ding and dent and flex and break easier.

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I saw a rumor online sometime last week that said MS is thinking of changing the WP licensing fees now that they own Nokias handsets to keep other OEMs interested. While the other rumors have said that WP could be free like Android, the new rumor said that it could possibly be free but only for a set number of units and that after that it'd have a small fee. No specifics but i'd guess the first 400k-500k would be free and that after that a small $2-$5 licensing fee.

Many devices don't sell millions on their own and when we hear of a OEM selling 10million in a quarter it's often all the different models together with the iPhone and the GS being the only exceptions I know of. So I'm thinking it's a safe bet lots of them on their own don't break 1 million.

That would be an interesting tactic. It would also encourage the OEM's to keep bringing out new models (to not hit the 500k limit), and somewhat flooding the marketplace not too dissimilar to how the Android handsets flooded the marketplace

DomZ said,
That would be an interesting tactic. It would also encourage the OEM's to keep bringing out new models (to not hit the 500k limit), and somewhat flooding the marketplace not too dissimilar to how the Android handsets flooded the marketplace

Which would be bad...HTC (and probably others) would chuck out android devices every 5 minutes and then discontinue support after 10 minutes. That's why I gave up on HTC and Android. No support or updates.