Huawei's new Windows Phone poses for camera, shows off colour-changing buttons

Huawei's second Windows Phone 8 handset, the Ascend W2, seems to be the company's worst-kept secret, repeatedly being outed, and yet still remaining officially unannounced. Last month, we noted that leaked images of the device had buttons with different colour illumination, speculating that each colour variant of the handset might have button backlighting to match its outer shell. 

The reality is even cooler than that, as the latest images from WP7forum.ru show. While the handset is indeed offered in different colours - we've seen blue, yellow and red options so far - the device actually features buttons that change colour depending on the theme you've chosen in the OS. If you opt for a red OS accent colour, for example, the button backlighting will change to match your choice. 

Engadget managed to grab some video of the device, including a short section (from 0:52 to 1:04) showing the changeable backlighting in action: 

The Ascend W2 will be a relatively low-end device when it (eventually) goes on sale, with a 1.4GHz dual-core CPU, 8GB of storage, 512MB of RAM and a 4.3-inch WVGA (800x480px) display. While it's unlikely to get anyone particularly excited by its specs, the variable colour backlighting is a nice differentiating feature. 

The handset is expected to launch in the next few weeks, although we're still waiting to hear how it will be priced. The Ascend W2 will be the company's second Windows Phone, following on from the Ascend W1. Earlier this year, a Huawei executive told Neowin that a high-end Windows Phone is also in the works, but we've not heard anything further on that device.

Source: WP7forum.ru / Engadget via WPCentral | Images via WP7forum.ru

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Would be handy for custom Notifications if you could change the colour.

Of course, we're STILL waiting for Microsoft to add custom sms/email tones, which despite being the #1 requested feature on the WP Uservoice site, they're still ignoring.

I thought they wanted to buy out nokia and turn them Android exclusive yet they develop WP devices. I guess everyone can fart loud from time to time

Those colour buttons are ugly lol.... the simple white is sexier. Though maybe a colour changing Windows button to show signal notifications would be cool.

Reminds me of the start of Nokia's transparent phones with lights that flash with the ring tones. I wonder how long it'l be before we see transparent glass cases with embedded lights that match the mood of the picture/website/game etc that's on screen... and of course, flashes in beat with the ring tone.

sagum said,
Reminds me of the start of Nokia's transparent phones with lights that flash with the ring tones. I wonder how long it'l be before we see transparent glass cases with embedded lights that match the mood of the picture/website/game etc that's on screen... and of course, flashes in beat with the ring tone.

Sounds like a 90's product. A time when phones had battery life to spend.

cybersaurusrex said,
Looks something like the Lumia 820.

Well, it is a Chinese company. If there's anything they do best, it's copying other people's products.

Dot Matrix said,

Well, it is a Chinese company. If there's anything they do best, it's copying other people's products.

And then sometimes doing some little quirk with it, like the color changing buttons in this case.