Images of Huawei's first WP8 device, the W1, leak online

Huawei has been carving out a position for itself in the smartphone market, producing a range of Android handsets, and is now turning its attentions to offering Windows Phone devices as well. In the space of a few years, the Chinese telecommunications giant has turned itself into a massive player. There are still doubts about the company but the bottom line is that they're very successful.

Their latest play has hit the internet a little bit sooner than they will have hoped, however, in the form of the Ascend W1 smartphone. ('Ascend' is Huawei's primary brand identifier, being used with their Android phones as well.) Surprisingly, for a leak, it seems the shots are actually decent enough quality.

The development of at least one Huawei Windows Phone 8 handset has been known about for some time now - the company was identified by Microsoft as one of its four launch partners for the new mobile OS, and it had previously been thought that the W1 was to be shown in September. Frustratingly, though, Huawei's plans for WP8 have largely slipped under the radar so far, and they're yet to make any announcements about their new Windows Phones.

The W1 is apparently a mid-range handset, with a second W2 model expected to offer more premium specs at a higher price. Specification information on the W1 is still unavailable, but like Nokia's latest Lumia handsets and HTC's new Windows Phone 8 devices, it seems that Huawei is planning to embrace bright colours for its new WP8 hardware.

Source: WMPowerUser

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I thought MS had insisted the micro USB were centered at the bottom on new phones in order for any docking hardware to be compatible with all devices?

trip21 said,
I thought MS had insisted the micro USB were centered at the bottom on new phones in order for any docking hardware to be compatible with all devices?

Centred? Was a rumour. Anyway just for shitz'n'gigglez Nokia and HTC decided to put them in the same place but opposite orientation so that's a lot of good isn't it...

At least Nokia docks and pairs with NFC, receives power via wireless charging, and transmits audio via bluetooth or wifi...

trip21 said,
I thought MS had insisted the micro USB were centered at the bottom on new phones in order for any docking hardware to be compatible with all devices?

Docking? That's so iPhone. NFC, bluetooth and wireless charging is the way to go.

If all the recent hype is true: We finally know what a Chinese government personal tracking and spy device looks like.

Vannos said,
If all the recent hype is true: We finally know what a Chinese government personal tracking and spy device looks like.

The rumors are way overblown, I had a Huawei android phone which got modded by many developers and they've been back and forth through the source code and found nothing to suggest a big spy operation.

thealexweb said,

The rumors are way overblown, I had a Huawei android phone which got modded by many developers and they've been back and forth through the source code and found nothing to suggest a big spy operation.

Only approximately 80% of the telecoms vulnerable, so you'll be ok.

Edited by sagum, Oct 14 2012, 7:13pm :

sagum said,

Only approximately 80% of the telecoms vulnerable, so you'll be ok.

If they were found hacking it would be corporate suicide and all their assets in the western world would probably be seized and nationalized, they wouldn't try.

thealexweb said,
....

It's not the consumer handets, it's the routers and radio equipment used by all North American LTE providers.
What is coming to light over the scandal is that companies like Cisco and Ericsson cannot compete with their product lines, which Huawei blatantly copied.

Sszecret said,
The OEMs seem to have discovered that cyan is a cool color. Nothing wrong with that.

But they also seem to have discovered that a unibody design around curved black glass is nice too.

The Teej said,
Looks like Nokia have inspired the OEMs on what design to clone next, it seems.

Sure it was Nokia, not MS?

coth said,

Sure it was Nokia, not MS?

Windows Phone always had those colorful tiles since V1. Plus, Windows Phones had absolutely no color before Nokia came on board. It was Nokia that made the colorful hardware. So yeah, pretty sure it was Nokia.