Huawei Ascend W1 Windows Phone 8 Hands-on (video)

Daniel Bader

January 9, 2013 5:07pm

We had a chance to look at Huawei’s upcoming Windows Phone 8 device today, the Ascend W1, and came away pretty impressed. The build quality on this entry-level phone is top-notch, with lovely lines and an attractive blue or red finish that resembles the premium polycarbonate found on the Lumia 920.

Its screen and internal specs are very much at the low-end of the spectrum — 4-inch 800×480 pixels, 1.2Ghz dual-core Snapdragon S4 Plus, 512MB RAM, 4GB internal storage, 5MP camera, etc. There is a non-removable 1950mAh battery in there, which is plenty big for a low-power device like this. And while 4GB of ROM isn’t a lot, there is a microSD slot for expandable storage.

The phone was free of excess apps, though we’re not certain what will be bundled in the final version. Huawei doesn’t seem to be pushing its own software agenda here, content to let Microsoft’s gorgeous OS do most of the talking. The product on display was running the new Portico update, so it should be fully up-to-date when it comes to market this quarter.

No word on whether the device is coming to Canada, but we wouldn’t be surprised to see it debut on WIND or Koodo. It is pentaband, with AWS support, so it will be able to work on any Canadian network. Huawei doesn’t have plans for a LTE version of the device, so you can expect it to come at a reasonably affordable price point.

What do you think? Would you choose to buy a Huawei Ascend W1 over the impressive HTC 8S?

  • isdfoa

    camera looks like the htc one x

  • swizzlerz

    pretty little device.

  • Ult

    Why does it look identical to the HTC 8X?

  • oldschool

    The camera looks like a big nipple, but otherwise seems like a decent phone. More good devices and exposure are what that platform needs badly.

    A few more apps wouldn’t hurt either.

    Now how much is this thing gonna cost anyway?

  • Blas

    Looks like they threw an HTC 8X in a blender with the One X.
    If it had a nicer camera it might be worth while, otherwise they’re going to need to come in at a pretty low price point.


    512mb of ram? yuck 🙁

  • new_tradition

    Nice to see more low end Windows phones. Hope it makes it to Canada.

  • Petephone

    Seeing as Nokia is mum on my Lumia 710 replacement, it might
    be the phone of choice if released here.

  • Anthony

    i am desperately waiting for a windows 8 phone on Wind.I am hoping it’ll be an HTC but i have a feeling it might be a Huawei and most likely this phone

  • Mark

    Pretty nice phone, I’d say mid range device. Battery is really great considering the size of the phone.

  • Christmas Daniels

    Used to work for wp8 and honestly tired of holding my breath for standard apps. My 920 is used for my professional life and my N4 is for the other 20 hrs of my life. This operating system needs to stop being Sega Saturn and more Xbox 360. No offence I want it to succeed but I had to leave because I couldn’t pretend I was blind anymore.