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Huawei Ascend W1 gets UK launch date

Mobile operator O2 has finally revealed that the Huawei Ascend W1 will be hitting UK shores this March with a bargain basement price tag of £120.

The Windows Phone will be available on O2 Prepay from 7 March. It will also be available free on contracts from £13.50 per month. It will be available in ‘Electric Blue’ from March 7 and in ‘Electric Pink’ also from March 18. The price tag makes it cheaper than the recently launched Nokia Lumia 520. However, the Nokia comes with integrated free music and navigation apps.

As expected with the low price tag, the bargain basement phone scraps the bottom of Microsoft’s minimum specifications for Windows Phone 8. It comes with a 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm processor and Adreno 305 GPU. Display-wise, it sports a 4-inch IPS LCD 480 x 800 touchscreen has a low reflective IPS LCD display with full lamination technology.

In addition, the Ascend W1’s 1950mAh battery, which Huawei claimed provided “the longest standby time of smartphones in its class”. It also features a 5-megapixel autofocus camera with LED flash, and includes 4GB on-board memory, expandable to 32GB with a micro SD card.

Huawei recently unveiled the Ascend P2 at this year’s MWC in Barcelona, which it claims is the world’s fastest LTE 4G smartphone. The phone runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean overlaid with the Huawei Emotion UI. The Huawei Ascend P2 is set to launch globally in Q2.

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