WPDang reports that the Huawei Ascend W1 will break new grounds for Windows Phone in China by costing only 1599 Yuan on release ($257).
The price was revealed by Huawei at a China Telecom 3G carrier exhibition In Sichuan, and makes it the cheapest Windows Phone 8 handset yet.
Huawei will be testing the market by producing 500,000 of the handsets, with the first of these hitting shelves by the end of the month.
WPDang notes that at the exhibition the Nokia Lumia 620 and HTC 8S were both being advertised at 1999 Yuan, and that the eventual price when the Ascend W1 reaches the consumer may be even lower than 1599 Yuan.
In an interview with WPDang Huawei CEO Mr. Yu Chengdong said Huawei was not trying Windows Phone as a once-off deal, but that the W1 was part of a very long-term plan.
The W1 will be distributed in China, Russia and India, and at such an aggressive price may be able to carve a place out in the Windows Phone ecosystem after all.
Read more at WPDang here.