Is the Chinese company launching the Huawei Ascend W1 this week?
Huawei Philippines just sent the invite below. And if our eyes are not deceiving us, we're looking at the same Windows Phone 8 device we saw at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
This Huawei Ascend is the manufacturer's first smartphone running Microsoft's mobile platform.
Those who don't know any better would think it's a Nokia Lumia. That's a compliment considering that the Finnish's Windows Phone 8 handsets are something you'd want to stare at all day. Take note that the Ascend, as with the Lumias, is also available in bright colors—cyan and pink—in addition to the usual black and white options.
Its screen measures 4 inches and has a resolution of 800 x 400 and a pixel density of 233ppi. The display uses in-plane switching or IPS technology for better viewing angles.
The Huawei Ascend W1 has other decent specs backing it up: 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor; 4GB of expandable flash storage; 5-megapixel and VGA cameras; and a removable 1950mAh battery that promises up to 10 hours of 3G talk time and 19 days of standby time. Again, they're pretty decent for a smartphone that is priced at P8,000 in the United Kingdom.
What we're worried about is its 512MB of onboard RAM. We'll know if 512MB is forgivable once we get to review the W1—if Huawei indeed has plans of rolling out the Windows Phone 8 device to local stores. We'll bet our bottom peso the answer's yes; the company's event invite has clued us in on what it is going to reveal on Friday, April 12.