Expected to be one of the key Windows Phone 8 promoters right off the bat, Huawei has delayed its entry in the new market niche until this month. Now however we’re most likely going to see the Ascend W1 start selling in “select markets” across Asia and Europe this month, while the follow-up, dubbed W2, is to be unveiled at MWC in February.
First leaked ages ago, the Ascend W1 had very few secrets before CES 2013 and even fewer after. Still, there was one very important piece of the puzzle left out – pricing. That was always going to be the make-or-break element of a phone that’s no shiner spec-wise, so you can imagine how glad we are to tell you this is in no way an expensive device.
We know only the Chinese off-contract price at this time (¥1599, or around $254), but there’s now officially no way Huawei will ask an arm and a leg for this fellow anywhere. As for the MWC-bound W2, we know that’s going to take things up a notch, both from a hardware and price standpoint.
The second-gen WP8 device is set to come with a 4.5-inch HD screen, a dual-core CPU of sorts, 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB of on-board storage, an 8 MP camera, and a 2,800 mAh battery.
Via [Phone Arena]