By Stephen Schenck | January 7, 2013 7:46 PM
Huawei’s anticipated first Windows Phone 8 handset, the Ascend W1, was suspiciously absent from the company’s press event today, but a quick glance at a spec sheet Huawei prepared has us reassured that the company hasn’t forgotten about this smartphone, and also has us intrigued about another possible WP8 model in the company’s future.
The spec sheet you can see above gives us a solid run-down on what to expect from the W1. As a lower-end WP8 model, the W1 will only have 512MB of RAM, but that’s not going to stop it from running Windows Phone 8, much like the Nokia Lumia 620. Its 4GB of on-board storage may be meager, but microSD expansion will let users augment that space. The W1 will feature a four-inch WVGA display and run a 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm SoC.
More interestingly, Huawei product manager Richard Bhudhikanok spoke to CNET and revealed that the company is developing a WP8 phablet that’s quite similar to the Ascend Mate. There’s no timetable on when that might be ready to go public, but it would be a big step for the platform, which currently has no options in the phablet-sized space.