Images of Huawei's Ascend W1 Windows Phone leak

Just a few days ago, you may have seen a bunch of images here on Neowin showing the Ascend W1, Huawei's first Windows Phone 8 handset. Although the device seen in those images was partially obscured, the quality of the pics was good enough to reveal the fairly stylish lines of the handset, leaving us wanting to know more about it.

Today, the @evleaks Twitter account - which has made a name for itself with numerous, highly accurate leaks in recent weeks - has revealed what appears to be a press image of the new handset in all its glory. The render shows off the device with much more flattering - albeit digitally generated - lighting than the images leaked a few days ago.

Huawei is one of four manufacturers confirmed by Microsoft to be producing Windows Phone 8 handsets. Huawei appears to be following in the footsteps of Nokia and HTC by offering brightly coloured bodywork on its launch device; only Samsung has so far eschewed this design philosophy in favour of the more sober aesthetic seen on its upcoming ATIV S Windows Phone 8 flagship.

The W1 is expected to be a mid-range handset, with a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 4-inch WVGA display, 512MB RAM, 4GB of storage and 5MP rear- and VGA front-facing cams. A second higher-end Windows Phone - imaginatively named the Ascend W2 - is also believed to be in development by the Chinese manufacturer.

Source: @evleaks (Twitter)

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smooth3006 said,
i hope htc sues them for the blatant rip off of the onex camera design.

HTC != Apple
They don't patent stuff like a nipple camera

leoberto said,
Cyan really is the new Black

I agree but at the same time I don't think that's Cyan, that's some other shade of blue imo.

ahhell said,
That's an ugly phone.

I think most Windows Phone 8 devices actually look the same.

However, the only reason I wouldn't buy this would be based on branding. Huawei is stepping up though; Its going to create some of the greatest hardware once Windows Phone 8 supports more than Snapdragon chipsets.

Sraf said,

Yeah, I'm not really digging it, the Nokia and HTC WP8 devices look better


I'm not seeing the ugly. I like the "borderless" look but I hope they have other colours; that electric blue colour will become boring pretty fast.

georgevella said,

I'm not seeing the ugly. I like the "borderless" look but I hope they have other colours; that electric blue colour will become boring pretty fast.

It's the way the camera is done that turns me off, the front is fine

Sraf said,

It's the way the camera is done that turns me off, the front is fine

I have an HTC One X (the camera protrudes in a way that resemble this phone) so probably that's why I'm okay with it

georgevella said,
I have an HTC One X (the camera protrudes in a way that resemble this phone) so probably that's why I'm okay with it

But the One X also has some curves is it's design, this doesn't, so it's kind of out of place

georgevella said,

I'm not seeing the ugly. I like the "borderless" look but I hope they have other colours; that electric blue colour will become boring pretty fast.

Colors seems to be the big thing with WP8 devices now, I expect they should have a few at least if what other OEMs are doing is anything to go by.