Huawei Ascend W1

Yesterday, I was at the launch of Huawei’s Windows 8 smartphone called the “Ascend W1”.

It was a pretty intimate event at the PBCom Bldg. in Makati with select people from media together with Huawei and Microsoft executives.

When I was invited to attend, I was given prior information that this particular device was going to be positioned to target the lower-end market.  This actually made it quite interesting for me considering the onslaught of dirt-cheap Android devices that have overrun the country.  It is high time that a Windows Phone 8 should emerge within the same price bracket to mix it up with the rest of ’em.

Most, if not all Windows 8 devices in the market are still quite pricey which makes it a tad difficult for those who find the new Microsoft smartphone OS enticing but are held back due to its cost.

The Huawei Ascend W1 is perhaps the answer to that problem.

With a 5-Megapixel Rear Camera with LED Flash, a 1.2GHz Dual-Core Snapdragon Processor, an impressive screen display, a 1950mAh battery which they claim can last over a day on heavy use, and so much more, the Huawei Ascend W1 seems like a wonderful meld of smartphone features and affordability – and it retails for only (ready?) Php 8,990.00.

The Huawei Ascend W1

So what does this mean exactly for the market?

More choices of course… but apart from that, we finally have a Windows Phone 8 device that is easy on the pocket without compromising performance.

I sincerely hope that more applications will be developed for the Windows Phone 8 since the operating system’s interface is just clean, sleek and wonderful.

Here is the promo video of the Ascend W1…

So… what do you think?  Are you a Windows Phone fan?  Now that there is an affordable Windows Phone 8 device, are you willing to give it a shot?  Leave your comments and thoughts below.

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