Huawei announces the aggressively priced Ascend W1 for the Philippines

Huawei has confirmed that the Ascend W1 Windows Phone will be heading to the Philippines. We previously covered the news that the manufacturer will be launching a smartphone in the region, but we weren't 100 percent certain whether or not it was indeed the W1. If you're looking for a budget offering, this will be music to your ears.

The Windows Phone will be available in blue, black, magenta and white - competing against Nokia with its colourful family of Lumia hardware, particularly the Lumia 520 and Lumia 720. It'll be priced at P8,990 (about $220), packing a 4" WVGA display, dual core 1.2 GHz CPU, 512MB of RAM and a 5MP rear shooter with a 0.3 MP front-facing cam.

Emerging markets are important targets for the Windows Phone platform, which has already been recognised by Nokia. How Huawei will be able to compete against Nokia remains to be seen, but we're looking at a solid choice for consumers.

Source: GMA Network

Rich Edmonds
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