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Huawei Ascend W2, the thinnest Win Phone coming to MWC?

Huawei's Ascend W2 could be the thinnest WP8 device yet

Richard Yu, head of Huawei's mobile division, said that the company will be presenting their flagship Windows Phone 8 device, the Ascend W2, at Barcelona's Mobile World Congress in February. The comment came via Sina Weibo, China's version of Twitter. We got a taste of Huawei's Windows Phone expertise at CES with their Ascend W1, but the W2 promises to be a bit more intriguing, as it looks to be the thinnest Windows Phone 8 device yet.

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If supposed leaks are accurate, the Ascend W2 will be just 7.7mm thick, but will be pretty well-equipped. Word has it that it will sport a 4.5-inch, 720p HD screen that is sensitive enough to operate with gloves on, like the Nokia's Lumia phones. It will also allegedly have a 8MP rear camera, 1GB RAM, 16GB of storage and 2800 mAh battery. It is unknown what caliber dual-core processor will power the Ascend W2.

The W2 is expected to fetch about 3200 yuan ($515), a pretty reasonable price point for what looks to be Huawei's hero device. Take this as you will, but we can definitely see Huawei bringing more to the Windows Phone tablet. 

Sadly, the other smartphone expected to be announced at MWC is the equally svelte Android-powered Ascend P2. We were really hoping to see the 6.1-inch WP8 device we heard about at CES. Looks like we're going to have to keep waiting on that one.

Source: cnBeta, Image: Winp; Via: UnwiredView


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Huawei Ascend W2, the thinnest Win Phone coming to MWC?


I hate this thin fad. It's exactly like those anorexic super models. The only ones who find them attractive are themselves. I like me some meat on the bones like the 920.

Why have meat if you don't have to. As components become smaller & manufacturing yields allows power in a smaller package, any excess girth will either be artificial or the case of lazy design

I'm just waiting for the day iPhones become so thin, you'd actually be able to snap them, or break them completely just by dropping them.. :lol:

phones break when you drop them. Do you want me to link you to the hundreds of threads here where people broke the screen on their L920 by dropping it?

Do you want to link me to every person who has dropped their phone where it DIDN'T break?

Which is pretty much everyone else?

You can link to me. I just dropped my Lumia 920 onto concrete yesterday. Not a scratch. I do have mine in a gel case though.

+1. I don't find any value in thinness. I want better functionality, longer battery life, and lower prices. If those can be delivered with thinness, fine.

There is a Motorola brick phone out there with your name on it.  
Thinner and  lighter is not a fad, it something all manufacturers are and should be striving for.  As nice as the 920 is, it would be even better if it was thinner and weighed less.

Yeah that battery along with thin form factor has me intrigued. Huawei could be the new HTC if they play their cards right

Thin doesn't equal sexiness, it needs design elements too. From the look of it, my 8x just spits on this thing!!!

I'm going to start selling some special mobile phone lube for all you guys that think of phones as sexy!

But, but, but...  it's not the 920.
I do have to agree with the thin supermodel comment.  Skinny phones just make me nervous.  I like a reasonable amout of bulk/weight and a width that doesn't make me feel like I am trying to palm a basketball.

Same here. The design of the 8x is something else, buuut the memory given with the 920 was probably my biggest differentiator. Followed closely by the knowledge that Nokia takes care of their customers

I thought the ban was only on government contracts, didn't realize they'd blocked consumer stuff as well.

So how is this different from the Lumia 920 gang? Its gonna have a shit camera and the screen is not as good... (Pureview HD+)

I've heard it pronounced "wa-way" by Americans and "Hwa-way" by non-Americans. Considering a lot of Americans (incorrectly IMO) drop the "H" from words like Herb, Herbal, Human then "Hwa-way" is probably right ;)

The Samsung Ativ is already much thinner, the HTC 8X is already much lighter, and a thinner Huawei phone does not mean that it is lighter, either.

Unless you live in a world where its already possible to have a battery that last various days on a super thin smartphone then build a super thin phone is stupid unless all the other parameters are already fulfilled (betery, removable storage, great camera, etc)

Um, I am the only who sees the "Ascend W3" on the Calendar tile? Do you have any info on that one? What is "Real Tube concept?"

I hope it runs a lot smoother than W1, it was so stuttery and slow. I'd be embarrassed to call that a windows phone.

pretty cool, if they can make this without the round edges i will buy, good price and overall spec is good so id be more than happy to purchase!

But the system whats shown is Fake. Its simply the Screenshot what was used for the wp8 prsentation!

As long as it doesn't feel cheap because of weight I'm all for it. I've held an iphone5 and a Galaxy S3, and those were the first things to pop in my head "cheap feel."

7.7mm thickness + 2800mah battery = not humanly possible, IMO.

And dat calendar tile in the picture... "Ascend W3 2012.9.25"...??

Is this supposed to be a real leaked photo? It looks extremely photoshopped. Look how the icons run from one side of the screen to the other with no gap on either side. Then look at the gap at the bottom of the screen where the icons cut off before the screen does. Maybe I missed something.