Huawei Ascend W2 coming to Russia in October; priced to take on Nokia

Huawei Ascend W2

Earlier this year, we saw Huawei's Ascends W1 Windows phone launch in Russia at a very wallet-friendly price of 11,990 rubles, which at the time was the same price as Nokia's Lumia 620. Now Hi-Tech@mail.ru is reporting that later this month, Huawei's other Windows Phone device, the Ascend W2 will follow suit, heading to Russia at the Lumia 620's current price of 8,990 rubles ($279.00).

The Ascend W2 will be accompanied by its Android brethren, the Ascend Y511. And though it sports much higher specs than the Y511, the Ascend W2 itself is on the lower-end of the Windows Phone spectrum, perfect for competing with the Lumia 620.

Despite previous claims of not wanting to compete with Nokia on the Windows Phone front, Huawei is clearly following Nokia's lead in budget phone front and offering a competitive alternative. But this isn't a bad thing. Variety is the spice of life, and when smartphone shoppers see multiple Windows Phone devices to choose from, it lends credibility to the platform as viable challenger to Android.

Ascend W2

Huawei's Ascend W2 has a 4.3-inch WVGA screen (800x480), dual-core 1.4 GHz processor, 512MB RAM, and 8GB of internal storage. In addition to the larger display and slightly faster processor, the W2 also packs a larger battery into a tiny 134 x 66.7 x 9.9 mm chassis.

By pricing it right in the same range as its Nokia counterpart, Huawei will certainly earn the consideration of Russian consumers.

Source: Hi-Tech@mail.ru; Thanks for the tip, Freddie!


Reader comments

Huawei Ascend W2 coming to Russia in October; priced to take on Nokia


Great entry/mid level phone. Much better than 620. Actually 620 must be the weakest Lumia phone to date. So no hard topping that.

And nobody is waiting for it there. People don't buy Huawei in Russia. That market always belonged to Nokia.

I have a friend there who says the Huawei android models sell well. I'm fairly sure they said the W1 model did too. The MegaFon SP-W1 (ZTE) sold well for WP7, so it's not all about Nokia. Having said that I was impressed by all the WP store displays over there and full line-up of Nokia models for all carriers (no exclusivity).

If this phone comes with a front facing camera, it should be a great competitor not only to Lumia 620 but also 625 and 720.
Better processor (wp's Achilles heel so far), larger battery, it indeed has an edge over 620. And don't forget Nokia exclusive apps can be loaded to all wp8 devices with relatively easy tweaks. I see this is a good thing as competition is desperately needed for WP
Ecosystem, and if a competitor can bring up a comparable phone to Lumia, it certainly promotes competition