Yesterday Huawei held a press event at CES and announced the Android flagship Ascend D2 and the phablet Ascend Mate. The earlier rumors suggested a WP8-running Ascend W1 joining them on stage, but for some reason that didn’t happen.
As it turns out though, the Ascend W1 was at the press conference after all, even if it still hasn't been properly introduced.
The Ascend W1 is a mid-range device based on the Qualcomm's MSM8230 Snapdragon S4 chipset with a 1.2GHz dual-core Krait processor, Adreno 305 graphics and 512MB of RAM.
The W1 packs a 4-inch WVGA TFT display, a 5MP snapper with 720p video recording, a 0.3MP front-facing camera, 4 gigs of internal storage expandable via a microSD slot. The connectivity department offers HSPA+, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and NFC.
Its battery is not as impressive as the D2 or Mate, though, having a capacity of just 1950 mAh. Given the size difference it's still a decent achievement, though.
There is no info on the pricing and the availability of the Huawei Ascend W1, but we guess China will be the first country to get it in a month or two.
How can it be considered mid range and not low end with those specs (only 512mb ram etc)? The processor is only slightly faster than the 8S and all other specs are about the same (same screen etc).
I trust huawei will bring the next big WP8 phones to the market. Lumia / HTC too focus on design and not listening to customer .. and does not look at sd slots or big batteries.
I'm sure that Huawei knows that there is only one way they can make this work for them vs. Lumia ... and thats aggressive pricing.