CES 2013: Huawei Ascend W1 first look
The Huawei Ascend W1 sports Windows Phone 8 and we look at it from CES 2013
Huawei just announced the Ascend W1 at CES 2013, so you just know we had to get our hands on it.
Unlike the massive Ascend Mate, the Ascend W1 sports a standard 4-inch display to go along with a dual-core 1.2GHz processor, 5-megapixel camera and a 1,950mAh battery. How can I put this nicely? The Ascend W1 looks and feels like a generic device.
The Huawei Ascend W1 is by no means a bad looking or bad feeling phone but there's nothing really stand out when I played with it. It appears like it will be a solid but not spectacular mid-range device. Look for it to hit China first and eventually come to other markets.
The most appealing factor of the Huawei Ascend W1 may be the fact that it runs Windows Phone 8. The latest version of Microsoft's mobile platform retains that same fresh user interface we're used to but it now includes a rebuilt kernal (the same that runs Windows 8) and some nifty new features. The app ecosystem is still a bit lacking but Microsoft has promised that will improve dramatically in 2013.
Windows Phone 8 sales are rising and while the Ascend W1 may not light the world on fire, it looks to be a solid mid-range Windows Phone device, particularly in emerging markets.