Huawei Ascend W1: Hands-On (Video)

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Huawei’s first Windows Phone 8 handset, the Ascend W1, missed the company’s big event yesterday, and after leaving us wondering what was going on, we ended up seeing Huawei finally announce the phone today. Now that’s it out there, we decided to spend a little hands-on time with the phone.

The W1 is most assuredly not a high-end Windows Phone 8 device, with specs like 512MB of RAM, a WVGA screen, and an only-VGA front-facing camera. While it’s not going to wow anyone with those, it still has a nice design to it, certainly reminiscent of some of HTC’s efforts. We also found the screen to be of decent quality, in spite of the low resolution; for a budget-priced WP8 handset, the Ascend W1 doesn’t seem half bad.

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Stephen Schenck
Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bitsRead more about Stephen Schenck!