During the CES 2013, Huawei showcased the Ascend W1, its firt Windows 8 smartphone. Joining Huawei’s Ascend family of smartphones, the W1 is a mid-range Windows Phone with a “visually iconic design inspired by a tropical island”. It comes with a 1950mAh battery that provides a super long 479 hours of standby time and 630 minutes of 3G talk time.
The Ascend W1 is boosted by a Qualcomm SnapDragon S4 MSM8230 dual-core 1.2Ghz processor with Adreno 350 GPU and 512MB of RAM and runs Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 operating system featuring Live Tiles with real-time updates. The handset has a 4-inch 480×800 IPS LCD touchscreen display with OGS technology, a 5 Megapixel main camera with LED flash, a 0.3 Megapixel front-facing camera as well as support for Bluetooth and WiFi 802.11b/g/n connectivity.
With only 4GB of internal storage, users may probably need to prepare a microSD/SDHC memory for this Windows Phone. Huawei will release the phone this month in China and Russia, and Western Europe, Middle East, USA and other selected countries later.