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CES: Huawei announces its first Windows Phone device

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Tue Jan 08 2013, 23:46
The Huawei Ascend W1 runs Windows Phone 8

LAS VEGAS: CHINESE PHONE MAKER Huawei announced its first smartphone powered by Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 operating system today, the Huawei Ascend W1.

The INQUIRER pushed through the crowds at the Consumer Electronics Show on Tuesday to get its hands on the Huawei smartphone, which boasts a 4in 480x800 IPS LCD touchscreen and features a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor under the bonnet. This suggests that this is not a high-end device, and the handset did feel slightly laggy when we put it through its paces today.

It's not all bad news, though. One of the standout features of the Huawei Ascend W1 is the smartphone's unique design. Available in four different colours - red, white, black and blue - the Huawei Ascend W1 reminds us of the HTC Windows Phone 8X, although it does feel a bit chunkier at 10.15mm thick.

Although we didn't get to test it fully, the Huawei Ascend W1 also features a 5MP rear-facing camera along with a VGA front-facing camera, 4GB of internal memory expandable via microSD and a 1,950mAh battery, which Huawei tells The INQUIRER will deliver over 10 hours of constant talk time.

The Huawei Ascend W1 will be arriving in the UK and will make its debut on the O2 network. The Chinese firm was unable to comment on the handset's pricing, although it hinted that it will be a wallet-friendly device.

Check back soon for our Huawei Ascend W1 hands-on review. µ


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