By Stephen Schenck | January 14, 2013 10:52 AM
During the latter half of last year, we heard a number of rumors about two Huawei Windows Phone 8 handsets. One, the Ascend W1, we saw the company eventually announce at the CES last week. That lower-end WP8 was one we were already pretty familiar with thanks to a number of leaks. The other model, though, the so-called Ascend W2, had been a whole lot more elusive. At one point, we wondered if they both might make a showing at the CES, but now some comments by Huawei exec Richard Yu have us wondering if it’s going to be debuting at the Mobile World Congress, instead.
Yu makes it clear that Huawei has two big smartphones it intends to introduce at the MWC next month. One is presumably the Ascend P2, which would be the incredibly thin Android we talked about last week.
While Yu’s tease doesn’t name the W2, nor specifically suggest this second device would be a Windows Phone model, a lot of speculation is suggesting that the W2 is indeed what he’s referencing, a theory that makes a decent amount of sense. From the way Huawei introduced the W1, it didn’t seem particularly enthralled with the handset, and it may be reserving that enthusiasm for the higher-end W2.
The Ascend W2 could arrive with a 4.5-inch 720p display, dual-core SoC, 1GB of RAM, eight-megapixel main camera, 2800mAh battery, and fit that all in a body just 7.7 millimeters thick.