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.
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: The Ascend W1 is Huawei’s first smartphone to run Windows 8 and its entry-level price puts it in direct competition with the Nokia Lumia 620 . Its angular frame isn't that exciting at a first glance, but its soft touch back makes it very comfortable to hold. The rather uninspiring mass of black on our review sample wasn't particularly inspiring, but the Ascend W1 is also available in blue and pink, giving it some personality.
Summary: Who's ready for a cheap Windows Phone 8 thrill?
Pros: Cheap, Great battery life, MicroSD slot, It's the battery life on the Ascend W1 which really stole the show for us. We could easily get two days out of it between charges, and in today's world of power-hungry smartphones that's almost unheard of. The unfussy and easy-to-use Windows Phone platform makes the Ascend W1 an intuitive proposition for anyone looking to take their first steps into smartphones, and the £120 price tag is certainly an attractive one. A removable...
Cons: Average camera, Slow web browsing, No sat nav out of box, We did find the Ascend W1 slowing down from time to time, especially if we tried to jump between content-heavy apps too quickly, and the internet browsing experience isn't the best we've had on a budget device - take a look at the Orange San Diego . The 5MP camera round the back isn't bad for a low-end device, but picture quality left quite a lot to be desired, so don't expect to get fantastic snaps. We've come...
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.