Huawei is throwing their hat into the US Windows Phone 8 market with their W1 smartphone, known in other parts of the world as the Ascend W1. The snazzy W1 will be coming to Walmarts across the country as a pre-paid, no-contract offering that will be priced "competitively," though no exact numbers were revealed.
Huawei’s Michael Chuang said in a statement. “The Huawei W1 brings consumers a truly compelling alternative to what’s currently in the marketplace."
And Chuang is correct. With its 4” WVGA display, dual core 1.2 GHz CPU, 512MB of RAM and 5MP rear shooter (with a 0.3 MP front facing cam), along with a soft texture that is pleasant to hold in hand, the W1 brings some competition to Nokia's Lumia 521, which just started selling like gangbusters on Walmart's website. Both phones are sure to be alluring to the relatively unimpressive bunch of Android pre-paids out there as well.
The specs on the W1, which are surely not earth-shattering, put it in the same economy class that Nokia and Microsoft have shifted their focus on. But one thing that is going to make Huawei's Windows Phone 8 offering stand out from others is an amazing battery life. Huawei boasts that the W1 delivers up to 320 hours (just under 2 weeks) of standby time, thanks to their proprietary power-saving technology.
One downside, however, is that despite the fact that the W1 can be found elsewhere in a variety of colors, it will only be available at Walmart in black. Regardless of the lack of flashiness, the W1 brings a lot to the table.
And any time we see a new Windows Phone device make it's way into the fold, it's a good thing. Welcome aboard, Huawei!