If you just glance at headlines you’d feel like we’re living in a Nokia world when it comes to all the OEMs making Windows Phone devices and apps. We haven’t had anything substantial from Samsung or HTC since the launch of Windows Phone 8. But there is a dark horse in the OEM scene – Huawei.
The Chinese company doesn’t have a big presence here in the US, but between making brazen comments about buying Nokia and upcoming handsets you might start noticing them a bit more. One of those handsets, the Ascend W2, has been making the rounds the past few weeks in leaks, teases and now in person at the 2013 Mobile Asia Expo.
We’ve more or less had the Ascend W2 on our radar since early-April. At the time we were under the impression that this device would be on par with other high-end smartphones like the HTC 8X and Lumia 920. That’s not exactly the case, in fact it’s the complete opposite. Pics from the event in Shanghai show the specs of the device to be what you’d consider “budget-friendly”. That’s not at all a bad thing though, devices like this excel in emerging markets and will help push the overall marketshare of Windows Phone. Kind of like what the Lumia 520 is doing right now.
The specs we now have for the Ascend W2 include:
- 4.3-inch WVGA screen (800x480)
- Dual-cre 1.4 Ghz processor
- 512MB of RAM
- 8GB of internal storage
- 134 x 66.7 x 9.9 mm dimensions
While they won’t set you mobile computing experience on fire, it should be adequate for people needing basic smartphones. You also get fun colors to choose from. Something most Windows Phone OEMs seem to love to do. As usual, you know we're partial to that yellow below.
We’ll share more about the device as we learn.
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