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Huawei Ascend W2 on sale for only £119.95 in UK

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Daily Deals site iBood.co.uk are offering the Huawei Ascend W2 on sale in UK for only £119.95, £80 down from the original price of £199.95. The newly introduced Windows Phone 8 handset features a 4.3-inch 800 x 480 WVGA IPS display, 1.4 GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor, 512 MB RAM, 8GB of built-in storage and a micro SD expansion slot. It also has FM radio support and 5 MP camera that supports 720P video recording and playback. The screen also works with gloves, and the handset’s  1700 mAh battery claims up to 16 days standby time.

In addition it  has a unique feature where the colour of the capacitive key backlight changes to match accent colour of the handset and is available in black, blue, yellow, and red,  though iBood only appears to be offering the Black handset.

Grab the deal at iBood.co.uk here.

Via WindowsMania.pl

Huawei Ascend W2 promo video shows off colour-morphing buttons, super-sensitive touch screen

Huawei has posted a promotional video for their new Windows Phone handset, the Ascend W2.

The video demonstrates features such as the colourful handsets, colour-changing capacitive keys which keep in sync with your accent colours, and the super-sensitive touch screen which can be used with buttons.

Interestingly the real star of the show is the Windows Phone operating system and its features, and it is an interesting question to ask whether this is enough to carry the handset in the current highly competitive market.

What do our readers think? Let s know below.

Thanks Arun for the tip.

Microsoft confirms Huawei Ascend W2’s European launch

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On the Windows Blog Microsoft has announced that the Huawei Ascend W2 will be coming to Russia and Netherlands this month.

The handset will be available in black, blue, yellow, and red,  and has a unique feature where the colour of the capacitive key backlight changes to match accent colour of the handset.

The smartphone otherwise features a 4.3-inch 800 x 480 WVGA IPS display, 1.4 GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor, 512 MB RAM, 8GB of built-in storage and a micro SD expansion slot. It also has FM radio support and 5 MP camera that supports 720P video recording and playback. The screen also works with gloves, and the handset’s  1700 mAh battery claims up to 16 days standby time.

“We’re excited to build on our partnership with Huawei to launch another unique handset that will delight customers around the globe,” said Terry Myerson, executive vice president of Microsoft’s recently-formed Operating Systems Group.

The low-cost handset will retail for around $280 in Russia and for around 200 Euro in the Netherlands.

Huawei Ascend W2 now on sale in Russia, will let you flash ROMs from the microSD card

The Huawei Ascend W2 is set to go on sale in Russia today. The handset will be available at Russian retailer  Svyaznoy for 8 990 roubles ($282,6), according to W7Phone.ru.

The middle of the road handset features a 4.3 inch WVGA screen, 1.4 Ghz dual-core processor, 512MB RAM,  8 GB internal storage, a 5 megapixel rear camera and also a front-facing camera and a 1700 mAh battery.hw2

It also supports microSD card storage, and there is has a special trick not seen in other Windows Phones.

The handset can be flashed by placing ROMs on the microSD card, a process that may be familiar to long time Windows Mobile hackers, but which has not been seen on Windows Phone ever.

The feat removes the dependency on having the right software on your PC, and therefore achieves more reliable results. As a rescue procedure it should probably be available on all Windows Phones with SD card access.

This does not mean the handset is hacked off course – ROMs are still signed, but WindowsMania.pl, who made the discovery, does have the first official ROM available for the handset, version 3039.0004.01000.00600.

Read more about the flashing procedure at their site here.

Huawei Ascend W2 coming to Netherlands first

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GSMInfo.nl reports that Huawei’s Dutch division has revealed the Netherlands will be the first European country to stock the Huawei Ascend W2.

The mid-range handset has similar specs to the Nokia Lumia 520, except for featuring a front-facing camera, 4.3 inch WVGA screen and colour-changing capacitive keys that match your accent colour.

The handset has a:

  • 1.4 GHz dual-core processor with 512 MB of RAM
  • 8 GB of internal memory, expandable with max. 32 GB via microSD
  • 4.3 inch TFT screen with resolution of 480 x 800 pixels
  • 5-megapixel camera with led Flash
  • Windows Phone 8

The device should retail for around 200 euro, which is somewhat more expensive than the Nokia Lumia 520.

Do our readers see any reason to pick this handset over Nokia’s offerings? Let us know below.

Thanks Thomas for the tip.

Huawei Ascend W2 to hit the Russian market in October

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Hi-tech.mail.ru reports that Huawei is getting ready to ship its second generation low-end Windows Phone to the Russian market in October.

The inexpensive device will cost 8990 rubbles ($278) and will feature a 4.3 inch WVGA screen, dual-core processor and 512 MB RAM and 8 GB internal storage with microSD card expansion.

The main differentiator of the device is that the capacitive key backlight can change colours to match the accent colour of the phone, which does not seem like the most useful feature ever.

Huawei has sold only around 1% of Windows Phones, but has a relatively strong brand in Russia. They intend to develop a high-end version of the handset for 2014.

Via WP7Forum.ru

Huawei Ascend W2 now on sale at JD.com

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Huawei’s second generation Windows Phone 8 handset, the Huawei Ascend W2, is now on sale at JD.com in China.

The handset is retailing for only 999 Yuan, which is only $160, and the first 500 buyers are getting a free 5,200 mAh portable phone charger with the deal.

The smartphone is available in Black, Yellow and Blue, and features a unique LED below the capacitive keys which will change colour depending on your current theme.

In keeping with the price, the Huawei Ascend W2 is a low-end handset, with the following specs:

  • Operating System: Windows Phone8
  • CPU: Qualcomm MSM 8230 dual-core 1.4 GHz
  • GPU: Adreno 305 graphics processor, clocked at 400MHZ GPU
  • Battery Capacity: 1700mAh
  • Colors: blue dream, Chinese red, lemon yellow
  • Screen size: 4.3 inches 800×480 pixels
  • Camera : 5 Megapixels
  • RAM capacity: 512MB
  • ROM Capacity: 8GB
  • memory cards: MicroSD Card

The specs compare relatively well with the Nokia Lumia 520 which is in the same price range, and may see Huawei give Nokia some good competition in the low end, not just in China, but world-wide.

See the handset at JD.com here.

Via WinP.cn

New Huawei Ascend W2 pictures demonstrate colour-changing buttons

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The Huawei Ascend W2 Windows Phone may not be the high end device we have been hoping for, but it does have one Unique Selling Point not found on any other Windows Phone – colour changing LEDs behind the capacitive buttons which will automatically match the Accent Colour of your Windows Phone.

The feature also goes pretty well with the very vivid colours of the handsets, as can be seen to the right.

The handset features:

  • 4.3 inch WVGA screen;
  • dual-core processor with a frequency of 1.4 GHz;
  • 512MB of RAM;
  • 8GB of built-in memory;
  • dimensions of 134 x 66.7 x 9.9 mm.

The handset is expected to hit the Russian market in a few weeks.

Source Wp7forum.ru, via WPC

Huawei Ascend W2 passes through Chinese FCC, heading to China Mobile

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The Huawei Ascend W2 has recently officially unveiled.  The mid-range Windows Phone was shown of at GSMA 2013 and was shown with China Mobile branding, heading to its proprietary TD-SCDMA network.

The handset has now passed though Chinese TENAA certification, meaning it can now be sold on their network. China Mobile is the world’s largest carrier, with more than 700 million subscribers.

While the device is not the high-end handset we have been hoping for, it may still significantly boost Windows Phone’s market share in China, with Huawei recently revealing that the Ascend W1 sold more than 1 million units in only a few months.

See more shots after the break.

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Huawei Ascend W2 hands-on video

We have become much less enamoured with the Huawei Ascend W2 when we discovered it only has a WVGA screen and 512 MB RAM, but there is no denying that it is the low-end where Windows phone is selling best, so the device may still help the OS swell its ranks of users significantly.

In the hands-on video posted by Engadget from the Mobile Asia Expo we can see the device has a rather nifty trick up its sleeve – the ability for the backlight of the soft keys to match the accent colour of the device.

I am not sure how many fans this engineering feat will win over, but I am sure it will feature rather heavily in Huawei’s advertising.

Does this handset do anything for our readers? Let us know below.

Thanks hengxiang32401 for the tip.

Huawei Ascend W2 full specs confirmed – unimpressive

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The full specs of the somewhat anticipated Huawei Ascend W2 has been confirmed, courtesy of a specs sheet at Huawei’s stand at GSMA 2013 Mobile Asia Expo where the China Mobile version of the handset was being shown off.

The specs are:

  • 4.3 inches WVGA resolution screen
  • 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-core SnapDragon S4 processor MSM8x30 (Adeno 305 GPU)
  • 512M RAM
  • 8GB ROM
  • 9.9mm thick.

This is of course pretty far from the 7 mm thick 720P monster device we have been expecting and which has previously been leaked, and suggests to me, given recent comments by Huawei’s CEO, that the specifications of the handset has been dropped to more closely match the success in the market of Huawei’s Windows Phone 8 handsets.

The now very mid-range or even low-end handset will be available in red, yellow and black.  See more more pictures of the device after the break.

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Huawei Ascend W2 TD-SCDMA Version Coming To China Mobile, Shown On Video

Huawei Ascend W2 is pretty much confirmed now. TD-SCDMA version of Ascend W2 is coming to China Mobile soon. This is a big deal for Windows Phone platform in China, because Huawei can push Windows Phone devices to new price points. The device is expected to have following specs,

  • 4.3 inch screen (720p)
  • Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor at 1.5GHz
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 16 GB memory
  • 7.7mm thickness
  • 8MP rear camera with LED flash (1080p video recording)
  • Battery 2000 mAh

The device is rumored to cost 1770 Chinese Yuan (290 USD) only!

via: Winp.cn

Thanks to hengxiang32401 for the heads up.

Huawei teases a new Windows Phone on Facebook

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A lot of information has been leaking about the Huawei Ascend W2, Huawei’s higher-end Windows Phone 8 handset.

Now Huawei itself has joined the fray, posting the image above on their official Facebook page, with the caption:

"June 2013: as anticipated for many rumors, a new ultra-slim attractive design will enrich the collection of smartphones at Huawei!"

The Huawei Ascend W2 is expected to be only 7.7 mm thick, making it the thinnest Windows Phone yet, and it seems we will not have to wait too long for it to hit the market.

The full (leaked) specs for the handset are:

  • 4.3 inch screen (720p)
  • Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor at 1.5GHz
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 16 GB memory
  • 7.7mm thickness
  • 8MP rear camera with LED flash (1080p video recording)
  • Battery 2000 mAh (others speak of a battery of 2800 mAh)

Plaffo suggests showing the device underwater may mean the handset is also waterproof, which would be a great bonus, and make it only the second Windows Phone to have this feature.

The handset is expected to be pretty cheap – will the feature list sway our Nokia-buying readers? Let us know below.

Via Plaffo.com