Huawei's Ascend W1 has been out for a while, and is gaining market presence in more countries at the moment. Today, the OEM quietly rolled out the CDMA version of W1 in China, starting with the city of Chengdu. The CDMA phone is made for China Telecom, the third largest mobile carrier in China, and the only CDMA carrier out there. The Ascend W1 in CDMA reportedly costs CNY 1,290 (US$ 210), about 30% more expensive than the WCDMA version, which is currently priced CNY 998 on popular e-commerce website 360buy.com.
The Ascend W1 is a budget phone designed without very fancy specifications in mind. It sports a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 4" 800x480 (WVGA) touchscreen, and 4GB of internal storage. The release of its CDMA version probably means one extra tier of pricing on other CDMA carriers worldwide, like Sprint and Verizon, where the availability of a value-for-money Windows Phone might be celebrated.
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