Huawei Ascend W2 is now available in China - A colorful and well valued Windows Phone

Huawei is one of the few Windows Phone OEMs that have not been discouraged by the dominance of Nokia. Recently the Chinese phone maker just released its Ascend W2 to the Chinese market. We have heard quite a bit about the successor to the W1 in the past. But today we finally get to see it in full function.

Let's go over the specs of W2 first. It's not a superstar device by any definition: 4.3" touchscreen with a resolution of 800x480, dual core processor clocked at 1.4GHz, 512MB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage, a 5 megapixel rear camera that does not come with a LED flashlight like most other smartphones do these days, and no front-facing camera at all. That's right. It's not a high end phone, and never intended to be sold as one. Ascend W2 is currently sold on Chinese e-commerce website 360Buy for CNY 999 (US$ 163), or even cheaper if you are of higher-tiered membership at 360Buy.

Chinese website WPDang got a hands-on device, and found it not really an exciting gadget, but kind of worth the price.

W2's port and buttons follow a unique layout: Power, volume buttons and the USB port on one side, camera shutter one the other side all by itself. There's no apparent reason or advantage to such design, probably being unique just for being unique's sake.

The three LED buttons at the bottom of W2 could adapt themselves to the phone OS' theme color. We have covered this before, and this is something never done by any other Windows Phone OEM yet. The feature is pretty much useless, but nevertheless looks neat. Actually with all those talk about colorful designs, Nokia should have done this long ago.

The back lid of W2 is made of plastic. Under the hood, there's a microSD slot for extra storage, and an old style tray which is for a full sized SIM card, instead of micro SIMs we commonly see in new smartphones this era. The old style SIM tray doesn't help cutting down manufacturing cost by any means as we understand, but makes the process of switching SIM cards one remarkable adventure every single time: pry the back side open, yank the battery out, switch the cards and put everything back.

Software-wise, Ascend W2 has a few minor but quite nice features packed in, making it a bit more appealing than competitors on the lower range of the market:

  • Huawei Firewall: A built-in call and SMS blocker that could protect users from blacklisted numbers.
  • Storage manager: A phone storage management tool akin to the ones offered by Nokia and HTC.
  • Toggle LED button vibration: Some of us feel it utterly annoying that every time the back, home and search buttons on Windows Phones are trigged, the whole device briefly vibrates. Huawei is now offering an option in phone settings to quiet your phone down. Only Samsung has done this before.
  • Toggle "Glove Mode": "Glove Mode" is how Huawei calls what's named "super sensitive screen" by Nokia. Ascend W2 sports a similarly sensitive screen that could be operated with gloves on. And in the phone settings there's an option to turn that feature on and off.

The Chinese version of Ascend W2 is currently only available for China Mobile's TD-SCDMA network. There's no word on when it will be released on other more widely used networks, or in any other country.

Source: WPDang

  • Huawei has been proven to spy for the Chinese government. Why does WPC continue to feature them?
  • Cuz they made a windows phone?
  • Good point!
  • The NSA spies on everyone for America, yet we continue to use their products. I fail to see your point mate.
  • Huawei is a company that makes products for purchase and the NSA is a government agency. The purpose of the NSA IS to spy. 
  • We cover them to annoy you. Enjoy. (More serious note: I'm comfortable with countries spying on the US--tit for tat).
  • Oh now Daniel. You are such a little dickens you!! The Chinese will be our Overlords soon enough so why hasten the process?
  • Because I have no children, am a misanthrope and don't care about this planet ;)
  • Nah. Not going for it Daniel. I've seen you on the internets and you seem like a really nice guy. Misanthropes don't tend to shave and have nice haircuts either!
  • Mmm just a question are you anti religion or religious or in between??
  • What a curious question. Why do you ask?
  • Sure you don't. ;)
  • Yeah, especially since we owe them so much money.!
  • Tit for tat would be Apple spying on Microsoft and vice versus.
  • Its not proven
  • Sure. Just like it's not proven that the NSA illegaly spies on American citizens. The NSA's illegal activities haven't been brought to court yet but everyone knows they have been conducting them.
  • And that proves my point again you are another who BELIEVES everything you read. Sad
  • I wouldn't buy nothing make in china lol as soon is i hear the something was make in china i get negative about it, no joke all they make is trash lol.
  • And yet nearly all phones are manufactured in China. Your point of view is invalid and narrow minded. Do you really think Huawei if they were spying on America would allowed to use Google OS?? The findings were untrue and as usual narrow minded people like yourself continue to make stupid comments just because of what you read. Do you believe everything you read??
  • Certainly not from you Sean. do you get your information other than from reading?
  • That's not my point. You seem to BELIEVE everything you read,i don't. Where's your proof?? God sake get a life
  • And you presume a lot from the little you've read here. Since you seem to have reading comprehension difficulties has not been proven that the NSA has been conducting illegal surveilance either, but do you seriously doubt that is does? Can you prove that Osama Bin Ladin is dead? That Hitler died outside his bunker? That we actually landed on the moon? 
    Here's a tip Sean...try milk instead of piss in your cereal tomorrow morning. It's certain to improve your mood.   
  • Everything is made in china these days.
  • I think the issue was less of Huawei spying on us, and them using corporate espionage to spy on other companies.  Still pretty bad, but I don't think they are a spying branch of the PRC.  I might be wrong... 
  • They've been conducting not only garden variety corporate espionage but with companies involved with national security...defence contractors, energy grid, etc.
  • I'm pretty sure your computer/phone that you used to type this has "Made in China" in small text written on it... QUICK! Turn it off now, to prevent using the "junk"!
  • Microsoft has been proven to spy for the American government, why does wpc continue to feature them?
  • Because it's American governmet?
  • Meaning what exactly? Freedom of speech? What a quaint notion!
  • Microsoft produces software and hardware to enable drones tomfly and kill innocent people
  • Yes...and farmers grow food that those involved with drones and the military and NSA eat so they are guilty too!
  • lol lol lol I so wish that I can like comments :D  @rishicash I so agree with you. Farmers are the worst :P
  • I'm glad someone else realizes this. America must wake up to tyranny of growing food. Farmers are the real terrorists! 
  • Looks pretty cool!
  • This is cheap chinese shit.
  • Huawei actually make decent phones for the most part. 
  • Do not get confused. They may look decent, but that's the end of it. Cheap materials and cut corners to make very atractive prices.
  • I never saw anyone carrying a Huawei, I only see it on shelves.
  • It's looks like Nokia clone a bit: color and design overall.
  • These guys are probably the largest threat currently for Nokia.
  • I used the Huawei w1 for about 2 months this summer.It was quite a nice phone. good screen, very snappy and smooth. decent camera. felt good to hold. the battery life was crazy good! I sold it because of the ridiculously low storage(a paltry, ridiculous 2gb). To say it was "cheap chinese shit" is completely incorrect.
  • My WP doesn't vibrate when I hit the back button. If it did that would be annoying.
  • Why can't people on here keep to the topic of the phone instead of talking rubbish about Huawei spying?? Ruins this site with stupid comments. As for cheap Chinese shit,you wanna see the new Huawei P6 that certainly isn't cheap shit.
  • Full size SIM Card? You of course must refer to the mini SIM card? I remember full size SIM cards from the 90:s. They are as big as creditcards! ;-)
  • I got my first GSM phone (Nokia 2190) in 1998, and it was already using a mini-SIM. The full-sized SIM (does it have an official designation?) was before my time, but I remember popping mini-SIMs out of the adapters for the credit card-sized ones. Most people around that time probably thought that was just packaging! :-)
  • As a Chinese, it's really funny for me to read all these comments:)
    W2 is not high end phone, local high end phone never gets popularity because rich people all would rather to have a newest iPhone or Sangsum
  • He has a point, unless its a car. Then a high end car in China would be a Buick, made in Detroit USA! If you want an American made phone, then your at the wrong site, get a Motorola and enjoy Android. Remember Nokia " I  own and love 2 of their WP7 an WP8 phones" are made in Finland. Like it or not we live in a global economy.
  • Good to see WP being sold in the Chinese market. The more the merrier!