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Huawei Ascend W1 passes certification in China

The Huawei Ascend W1 has passed certification in China. Supporting the CDMA 2000 network standard, the Windows Phone is well on the way to hitting stores in the market. We've previously covered news that the device will be present at CES 2013 early next year, which will open up the new year to a range of possibilities for the manufacturer.

Featuring a 4" WVGA display, 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 chip, 512MB RAM, 4GB internal storage (with MicroSD extendability), 2000mAh battery, 5MP rear shooter (with front-facing camera) and NFC, the handset is certainly no slouch. It'll appeal to many who are looking for a new Windows Phone experience, but without the massive price tag.

The Ascend W1 comes in two colours, and have removable covers (exposing slots, battery, etc.) We're still waiting for the device to be unveiled for other markets, which will be interesting to see the company tackle the likes of HTC and Nokia.

Source:; thanks, hengxiang32401, for the tip!

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  • 2000mAh battery. Damn. I dont buy Chinese brand products (well i mentioned Chinese brand, not china made) though. 
    Meanwhile HTC J Butterfly has only 2100mAh...
  • What do u have against the Chinese?
  • Im a chinese myself, and i can tell you, if you buy their products you'll have to toy with luck regarding quality. Even Taiwanese brands like Asus is better. 
  • The usb port is in the lower right corner of the phone. Isn't it a requirement of the new wp gen to have it centered?
  • Same question
  • They tried. But failed^^
  • Whahahaha roflmao
  • This W1 seems to be a decent entry phone for WP8. I would not be surprised if they sell well in Asia.
  • Well the thing is asia's second biggest market is India and huawei is not that present here.
  • I'm all for low and mid range handsets but this phone looks like it took most of its cues from HTC and a few from Nokia, to each is there own I guess and the more WP handsets that grace the market the better chance the platform has to shine. Some people might be caught up by the look and feel of a phone long before they even slide the lock screen up. I do wish more phone companies would jump in the mix tho and change this from a 3 horse race to a full market rush but as my roommate pointed out he likes the fact that windows phone is the underdog and it makes him so proud when people ask him about his phone because they have never seen a phone quite like the Nokia Lumia 920.
  • This! Tbh, I don't like I'd like WP to be the "populace device" as iPhone is. Sorry MS, I like the exclusive chic feel of WP.
  • Is it safe to say that we should expect to see about 2-3 windows phones at CES but none from Nokia(MWC)?
  • If this phone is priced similar to the Lumia 620, then it would depend on which is more important to you, the battery or the internal storage. The W1 has a bigger battery at 2000mAh vs the 13000mAh of the 620  but only half the storage at 4GB against 8GB of the Lumia 620. I hope Huawei gives this a price range lower than the $249 of the Lumia 620.
  • Yet the W1 has expandable storage.
  • I wouldn't get too hopeful to see this device on US Carriers until Microsoft changes the current coding and encryption  to US standards (512bit encryption)
  • Word.