Huawei Ascend W1 officially launched

Huawei has officially unveiled earlier today its first smartphone to run Windows Phone 8 – the Huawei Ascend W1. And guess what? It’s affordable.

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The Ascend W1 sports a 4-inch LCD display with a resolution of 480 x 800 which calculates to a pixel density of 233ppi. In addition, it features OGS and IPS technology so the display appears much clearer with great viewing angles. Powering the device is a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM8230 dual-core 1.2 GHz processor and an Adreno 305 GPU.

Huawei Ascend W1 specs:
4.0 inch IPS OGS display @ 480×800 pixels, 233ppi
Qualcomm MSM8230 Snapdragon 1.2GHz dual-core Krait
Adreno 305
512MB RAM
4GB internal storage (microSD card support)
3G/HSDPA 21Mbps
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth 2.1 w/ A2DP
5MP rear camera @ 720p
VGA front-facing camera
GPS w/ aGPS, GLONASS
Li-Ion 1950mAh battery
124.5 x 63.7 x 10.5 mm
130 g
Windows Phone 8
Blue, Red, Black

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Now for the exciting part, the Ascend W1 only costs Php8,990. Perfect for those who are looking for a budget-friendly WP8 smartphone.

Thanks Calvin for the photos.

27 Comments on this Post

  1. Guess what? Nobody but the fools are buying.

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    • why only fools? This phone is made for those who can’t afford Windows phone but wanted to experience a Windows phone.. not the best phone but it’s good enough

  2. Cool choice I will wait for this review. My other option is the Nokia Lumia 620 or 720.

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    • fireice2

      go for the lumia 620 if you’re on a tight budget. the 8GB internal storage is a big deal vs. the 4GB internal storage. The reason is that you CANNOT install apps in the SD card.

  3. That indeed is an interesting piece of hardware. I wonder how good this gadget would fare in the tech market. Impressive price, specs, but if the Lumia 520 is released at a slightly higher price, I’d probably go for the Lumia instead of this.

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  4. fireice2

    what? this is more expensive compared to the lumia 520. tapos 4GB internal storage memory? Lumia 520 8GB internal memory.

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  5. wala namang secondary camera ang lumia 520, at mas malaki capacity ng battery nito..

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    • fireice2

      Meron ka nga flash at front facing cam, pero 4GB lang internal storage mo. Kulang yan para sa apps pa lang. Around 1-1.5gb lang available sa user nyan out of the box.

      Check mo review ng HTC 8S sa http://www.allaboutwindowsphone.com vedict nila: “stay away” dahil 4GB lang internal storage.

    • halos 12-15k naman kasi yung htc 8s. ang phone na ito ay para sa mga first time smartphone users. kung gusto mo ng high memory mag Lumia ka nalang. overpriced pa naman lahat yun :D

    • @fireice2 -hindi naman ako mahilig mag install ng maraming apps. a few apps is enough. hindi ko naman magagamit lahat yun.

  6. Sir Yuga, Were can we buy the phone?

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  7. kuliglig

    kung mg wwindows phone k lng nmn edi s lumia kna.. mgganda ang features ng nokia sa windows phone..

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  8. ironyuppy
    Twitter: chrispungtilan

    In terms of the design magkakahawig mga windows phone.

    Reply
  9. I hate Cherry Mobile. Di na nila binalik Flare ko.

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  10. kingnikko

    512mb? afaik, some WP8 apps requires 1gb RAM to run?

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    • fireice2

      Top games lang kailangan ng 1GB ram. all other apps work fine with 512mb.

      Don’t forget the Iphone 4S only has 512mb.

  11. chris2fer
    Twitter: ccpaulin

    Expect nyo na available storage of phone will get smaller (4-8GB) and without external storage support.
    reason for this is the push for cloud. everything na is in the cloud… pictures, video, music and other data. I wont say its a conspiracy but expect mobile phone manufacturer to offer cloud storage services or partnered a provider. services is very good money cow.

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  12. light bleed!

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  13. Erickson
    Twitter: AkoSiEricksonM

    Ang ganda ng design. Kaya lang, konti na nga ang apps sa Windows Phone Store, wala pang exclusive apps tulad ng sa Nokia. Siguro mag Nokia na lang kayo.

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  14. Lee Roy Robles

    Call me a fool then, cuz this is the WP8 phone im getting.

    Reply
  15. mukhang nka.hide na ang author name ha..:D

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  16. I’d still go for Lumia 620..

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  17. nairb004

    This phone is great, compared to lumia you will need to charge it all the time, unless you purchase the higher end expensive lumia’s with a large battery capacity. How can you have a good experience with your phone when you are always near the wall outlet ;). This is a good buy, price and specs.

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    • @nairb004
      Battery usage depends on System efficiency. Huawei is running on a higher frequency and consumes more power. So to support that, it needs a bigger battery. With a 500mAh difference against lumia 520, i think it is not a big deal. Still, battery life depends on phone usage, if your using your phone too often specially in gaming, expect that battery drains too quickly.
      For me, i’d still prefer for the known brand, because of it’s quality, customer service and built in apps. Go for lumia’s

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