Windows Phone 8 finally getting a new OEM; Huawei

When Windows Phone 8 was announced, there were three handset manufacturers that confirmed they would release hardware for the OS. They were HTC, Nokia and Samsung. But at the launch of the mobile OS at the end of October, only HTC and Nokia had devices in store and online. It took Samsung until the end of 2012 to finally release their one and only Windows Phone 8 handset the ATIV S.

Well we finally have a new player, in the form of Huawei and their Ascend W1 Windows Phone 8 handset. As mentioned by one Huawei rep, this is a “value proposition” meaning it will cater to the budget minded. Specs are still a little thin on the ground at the moment, but we can confirm the following:

  • 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4
  • 512MB RAM
  • 4” Display
  • 4GB storage + microSD support (up to 32GB)
  • 1,950mAh battery
  • 10mm thick

As far as the OS is concerned, it doesn’t get more vanilla than Windows Phone 8, and don’t expect to get any bundled software like with the Nokia and HTC range of Windows Phones. The specs of the phone thus far put it in the same bracket as the Nokia Lumia 820 and the HTC Windows Phone 8S.

Huawei have remained silent on the release date and price, but the W1 will arrive in the US this year.

Source and Images: Engadget

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"With nokia, phone breaks bath!" LOL so true. I left my lumia 800 in the pocket of my jeans and put it in the washer machine for like 1 1/2 hours. Found it thought oh crap, turned it off wrapped it loosely in a towel and put it on my radiator turning it every now and again. gave it 6-7 hours turned it on and everything works flawlessly Wonder what is a nokia phones kryptonite, seeing as its pretty much indestructible hahaha!

The U.S don't trust Huawei, so their market will be pretty small there. I got a Huawei Ascend G 300, total rubbish, a few days after I had it the screen had a blob and now that comes and goes, the phone have a mind of it's own sometimes and the screen goes crazy. audio is too quiet.


I got it as a replacement, as I dropped my contract HTC in the bath, it was cheap, but I thought it would last until February, when my contract ends.

Never buy a Huawei again. Not sure what to go for to be honest, maybe another HTC, but it will certainly not be windows based. Maybe the new Blackberry will be worth looking at.

Adrian s said,
The U.S don't trust Huawei

I think you mean the US government and Military, and to me, it rings HUGE bells about what spyware the US government is building into their gear.

More likely the US government doesn't want the Huawei gear in the US because it's secret backdoor's AREN'T in the Huawei gear and they can't spy on their citizens if they use it!

I'm sure the average US consumer couldn't care less and would probably welcome Huawei.

Douglas_C said,
It could use some more memory, otherwise it doesn't look too bad.

It has memory card support so I don't really see the problem here. Unless you mean the 32gb limit...

I was actually hoping they went for 'cheap' clicky buttons on the facia. Been using my gf's Lumia for a while and coming from a LG optimus 7 that has tactile feed back with its clicky buttons and raised logos I feel lost and I always seem to brush the start button somehow.

sagum said,

It has memory card support so I don't really see the problem here. Unless you mean the 32gb limit...


I think what he's trying to say that is not the storage memory, but the RAM.