Product Launch by Andrew Kameka on Tuesday January 08, 2013.
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Huawei spent the bulk of its press conference yesterday announcing a pair of Android smartphones, one big and the other much bigger, but the Chinese manufacturer also confirmed that it is part of the Windows Phone ecosystem with its new Huawei Ascend W1. The Ascend W1 is a midrange Windows Phone 8 smartphone with specifications to match its competitors in the field.
There's nothing particularly distinctive about the Ascend W1, however. The phone has a 4-inch IPS LCD display with a 480x800 resolution, a 1.2 GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor, a 5 megapixel rear camera, and a VGA front-facing camera. The Ascend W1 has 4 GB of internal memory, supports up to 32GB microSD cards, and has 512MB of RAM.
Huawei didn't do much to distinguish itself from the crop of midrange Windows Phone 8 smartphones from HTC or Nokia in the terms of the hardware, but it did go out and include a 1,950 mAh battery. The higher capacity battery beats out the Nokia Lumia 820 and Windows Phone 8S by HTC, which have batteries measuring 1650 and 1700 mAh respectively.
The Ascend W1 will begin shipping in Russia and Asia this month, followed by more launches in other markets later this year. The phone comes in blue, red, black, and white color options.source: Windows
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.