Summary: Huawei Gets things done. Huawei now releases a Windows 8 smartphone on the market dubbed Ascend W1. It features a 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM8230 SoC and a 4 GB internal flash memory. With a street price of below 200 Euros (~$259), it wants to cater to new smartphone users and price conscious buyers.
Pros: Bright, high-contrast IPS screen, Decent application performance, Great build, Storage expandable via micro SD, Besides the good screen, the decent equipment featuring a micro SD card reader and Microsoft Office Mobile.
Cons: Low-capacity internal storage, Tight working memory, At least 1 GB of RAM would have been needed to run all apps. Also, more than the scanty 2 GB of net storage capacity.
Summary: To conclude, the Huawei Ascend W1 is a strong Windows Phone offering. It has a solid construction, attractive design, great display, decent camera, and a really good battery life. The only real downside we see here is the 512MB RAM as it limits the amount of applications it can run from the Windows Phone Store.
Excerpt: The Huawei Ascend W1 is a unique Windows 8 phone in that it is an open market (pre-paid) phone sold exclusively at Wal-Mart stores. This phone is not available via the major wireless providers.
Pros: The Huawei Ascend W1 has a strong battery and expandable memory.
Cons: It has a slow processor, only 512 MG of RAM and a weak camera.
Conclusion: As a mid-price gateway to the world of Windows Phone the Huawei Ascend W1 is an efficient, fast and capable way in. But the camera isn't quite up to scratch, the screen could be a bit sharper, and it has its work cut out to distinguish itself from the small but growing range of mid-price Windows rivals such as the Nokia Lumia 620 , which isn't quite as big, or as fast, but comes with a range of extra features for less cash.
Pros: Good build quality, quite fast
Cons: Screen could be better, so could the camera, struggles to distinguish itself from rivals
Excerpt: As well as the Huawei Ascend D2 smartphone and its 6.1in Ascend Mate phablet , the Chinese phone maker unveiled its first Windows Phone device, the Huawei Ascend W1 . We managed to get our hands on the colourful, budget priced Windows Phone, which is expected to arrive in the UK next month.
Excerpt: Huawei's Ascend W1 represents the company's first foray into Windows Phone 8. Boasting a cyan coloured back and matte-effect plastic all round, it fits in nicely to the usual Windows Phone landscape The handset is fairly compact at 10.15mm thick, feeling and looking like a mix between a Lumia phone and an 8X. The 4-inch IPS touch screen is nice but a lot of that smooth, slick feel of Windows Phone 8 appears to have been lost on the phone.