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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
8MP rear camera with LED flash (1080p video recording)
Battery 2000 mAh
The device is rumored to cost 1770 Chinese Yuan (290 USD) only!