Huawei Ascend W2

While most of the Windows Phone world is focused on Nokia’s big move, we can’t forget (or dismiss) some of the other OEMs who are bringing new devices to market. Such is the case with Huawei and the Ascend W2, a device which was initially rumored to be a worthy flagship contender but has since dropped to mid-range status.

While the specs of the device make this on par with the Lumia 720, Huawei does bring something new to the table: colored LED capacitive buttons, dependent on your Accent color of choice.

We’re not going to lie, that’s a pretty unique and innovative feature that we would have predicted Nokia to have come up with. In short, when a user changes the Accent color in Windows Phone 8 to one of the 20 pre-set color patterns, the Back, Windows and Search key will also reflect that color choice.

Huawei Ascend W2

Sure, it only has aesthetic value but much like the color range that Windows Phones come in these days, it really boosts what makes Windows Phone stick out. Speaking of hardware specs, we’ll reiterate those for you:

  • WVGA-display with a diagonal of 4.3 inches;
  • dual-core processor with a frequency of 1.4 GHz;
  • 512MB of RAM;
  • 8GB of built-in memory;
  • dimensions of 134 x 66.7 x 9.9 mm.

The Huawei Ascend W2 is expected to launch in the coming weeks, with the device showing up at Huawei’s Russia office. That means Russia and other presumably non-US countries should expect these colorful little bugger to go on sale soon.


Update: Engadget managed to capture a demonstration of those buttons on video, which you can watch below. Head to around the 50 second mark to see it.