Huawei Ascend W1 Preview

The Huawei Ascend W1 was announced at CES this year. It’s the first device from Huawei running Windows Phone 8 and is available in blue and ruby-pink, ready to take on the Nokia Lumia 820 and HTC 8S.

We had some hands-on time with the Huawei Ascend W1 at CES and were blown away by the weight – it’s just 120g and a mere 10.1mm deep. Check out our hands-on photos.

Huawei Ascend W1 in blue

Inside there’s a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 1.2Ghz processor and the 4-inch screen has a 480×800 resolution – both which are fairly standard for a mid-range phone and should ensure it performs well for day to day tasks. On the back there’s a 5-megapixel camera with LED flash and autofocus, photos can be stored on 4GB internal memory – which isn’t particularly generous – but can be expanded using a microSD card.

One of the most attractive features of the phone is the 1950 mAh battery, which is larger than you’d typically find in a smartphone at this price point and Huawei claims it offer 470 hours of standby.

Set to launch in the UK in Q1, the Huawei Ascend will be available exclusively on O2. There’s no news on pricing yet, but O2 and Huawei claim it will be very competitive, so it will be interesting to see if it entices new users to Windows Phone and if Huawei steals market share from HTC or Nokia.

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