Huawei Ascend W1

Huawei's Ascend W1 is believed to be heading to Germany this month, with reports over on WPArea suggesting the Windows Phone could be released as soon as next week (with retailer Conrad stating such a date). As a Windows Phone 8 solution, the W1 would offer German consumers a new option, one which would be aggressively priced against competition.

The smartphone is already listed on German online retail websites (with a price tag of around €199.95), but no accurate date of arrival has yet been unveiled. Available in both black and blue, the Windows Phone may prove to be a popular choice with the retail pricing and fact it's a Windows Phone 8 smartphone.

To serve as a reminder, what's packed inside the Ascend W1? It sports a dual-core 1.2GHz processor, 1950mAh battery, 4" (800x480) display, 512MB of RAM, 5 MP camera, and 4GB storage (expandable to 32GB with a micro SD card), making the Windows Phone an attractive entry level smartphone. The added SD support will ensure owners can pack the device full of music and other media.

We'll look forward to see Huawei push the device across Europe, Asia and beyond. The company has had a rough journey to get to this point, and many believed we wouldn't see Huawei hardware running Windows Phone outside select markets, but it we could well be witnessing the birth of a fourth partnership between Microsoft and a mobile phone manufacturer.

It's uncertain how the Ascend W1 will perform, especially with rival hardware launched by Nokia, HTC and Samsung to contend with. Since Huawei is still relatively new to the Windows Phone game, we'll give them the opportunity to show just what the company plans to do regarding marketing, OEM apps, updates and support.

Source: WPArea.de; thanks, Öcal, for the tip!