72

The company's first WP8 device is promising, yet flawed

72

This very good Windows Phone 8 device is hampered by a lack of storage and a lackluster camera, but good performance may tempt speed freaks.

Critic reviews

7.8
6 reviews
  • Reception and call quality
    7.4
  • Display
    7.9
  • Battery life
    8.9
  • Camera
    6.4
  • Ease of use
    8.0
  • Design and form factor
    7.3
  • Portability (size / weight)
    7.4
  • Media support
    8.0
  • Durability
    8.0
  • Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.)
    6.0

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User reviews

8.5
2 reviews
7.0
Engadget Jun 13, 2013

This very good Windows Phone 8 device is hampered by a lack of storage and a lackluster camera, but good performance may tempt speed freaks.

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9.0
NotebookReview May 13, 2013

Huawei wants to mingle in the still new Windows Phone 8 market with its brand new Ascend W1. The manufacturer's debut is successful.

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6.0
Wired UK Apr 13, 2013

As a mid-price gateway to the world of Windows Phone the Huawei Ascend W1 is an efficient, fast and capable way in. But the camera isn't quite up to scratch, the screen could be a bit sharper, and it has its work cut out to distinguish itself.

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7.0
TechRadar Apr 9, 2013

You're not going to buy the Huawei Ascend W1 for power, you're going to buy it for practicality and value for money - and those are the criteria it absolutely wins out on.

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10
Expert Reviews Jun 3, 2013

The Huawei Ascend W1 is a great Windows phone. It may not have the apps or attractive build quality of the Nokia Lumia 620, but it’s a much faster, longer lasting phone at an even more affordable price. It’s brilliant value and it wins a deserved Budget Buy award.

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First Looks

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Engadget Jan 7, 2013

Dimension-wise, the W1 is a girthy phone, cutting a silhouette that's just about 10mm -- so, it stands far outside the "world's thinnest" category that we've heard so much about at this CES. It also bears a bit of heft which we can't ascribe to its battery size.

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AnandTech Jan 8, 2013

The hardware is a bit thicker than I'd like for a WP8 device, but the tradeoff gets you removable battery, microSD, and (given it's Huawei) probably one of the most affordable price points around.

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PC Mag Jan 9, 2013

The Ascend W1 is notable for being Huawei's first phone to run the Windows Phone OS, but it isn't the most exciting device otherwise. For the right price, it could be a decent introduction to Windows Phone for curious users on a budget.

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CNET Jan 9, 2013

Let's hope that Nokia believes the old adage that imitation is the highest form of flattery, because both Huawei and HTC appear to follow its lead in Windows Phone handset design.

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Pocket-Lint Jan 8, 2013

All in all a good first foray into the world of Windows Phone for Huawei, with the laggyness being forgivable if the price is right.

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PC World Australia Jan 17, 2013

The Huawei Ascend W1 is a new mid-range Windows Phone that will clearly be targeted at price conscious buyers. It has a 4in screen, a 5-megapixel camera and a microSD card slot for extra memory.

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TechRadar Jan 9, 2013

It provides all the features you'll want from a smartphone in a package which is intuitive and fully functional.

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TrustedReviews Jan 9, 2013

Keeping the device sprinting rather than chugging along, the Huawei Ascend W1 is a zippy handset with application launches and programme transitions met with lit fuss or fanfare, just a smooth, lag free experience.

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