Ascend W2

Huawei is attempting to fill in the Windows Phone market where Nokia is either absent or not as strong, and although their Ascend line is not half-bad, it’s not as (pardon the pun) luminous as Nokia’s offerings. Still, the Ascend W1 and the recent Ascend W2 do show that the massive Chinese company can make a solid low to mid-range Windows Phone.

Back in August, we reported on the W2 launching in China. In that article, some initial impressions of the device were given, but since then we haven’t seen much of the colorful Windows Phone. Now, has literally “found” one and have given their initial impressions. The device was reportedly going to go on sale in Russia in October, though so far that has not happened.

Ascend W2

To refresh, the Huawei Ascend W2 has the following features:

  • 4.3-inch WVGA-display
  • 1.4 GHz dual-core processor
  • 512MB of RAM
  • 8GB of built-in memory; microSD expansion
  • Dimensions: 134 x 66.7 x 9.9 mm
  • 1750 mAh battery
  • 5MP camera (no flash)

The W2’s most notable and unique feature is that the capacitive button lights (back, Windows, Bing) can match the device Accent theme. So if you have a green Accent color, your buttons will glow with a green hue. It’s a neat addition, something we’re surprised no one else has done yet.

The phone itself appears to get some praise from, though they’re not overly impressed either.

There’s no word if the Ascend W2 will go wider release outside of China, though India and Russia are two countries expected to launch the device. Users can find the W2 online for around $250 USD and we’ll be sure to pick one up as soon as possible.

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