Huawei W1

72
Engadget
Score
72

A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.

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Huawei Ascend W1 review: the company's first WP8 device is promising, yet flawed

Summary

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.

Pros
  • Cheap
  • Attractive, well-built hardware
  • Excellent performance
  • Big battery
Cons
  • 1.88GB of usable storage
  • Inconsistent camera
Huawei Ascend W1 review: the company's first WP8 device is promising, yet flawed
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Huawei's Windows Phone handset outed as Ascend W1

Huawei Ascend W1, the company's first Windows Phone 8 device, comes to the US in prepaid form

Huawei Ascend W1 hands-on

When Microsoft announced its hardware partners for Windows Phone 8, we were surprised that there was no mention of Huawei. You see, in the lead-up to the event, we'd seen enough evidence to be sure that the Chinese outfit would become the fourth phone maker to join Nokia, Samsung and HTC. When the Ascend W1 debuted later at CES, Huawei made no great effort to explain the delay, but with the vehement political opposition it's currently facing in the US, perhaps it had cold feet. Now, several months down the line, we have our first chance to put the Ascend W1, its first Windows Phone 8 device, through its paces.

With a £130 off-contract price on O2 UK (or $230 at Walmart in the US) and a spec sheet that screams "2011," it's clear that Huawei's aiming this at the same audience as Nokia's lowest-priced Lumias, the 520 and 620. That puts it squarely in the reach of smartphone virgins, the "price sensitive" and those looking to dip a toe into Windows Phone's hot tub with more of a secondary handset. But should the W1 be the device new users pick to be their entry point into Microsoft's mobile world, or will we once again say that it's the Lumia 620 that deserves your hard-earned cash? The answer resides below the fold.

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Scores

Engadget

72
 

Breakdown

Reception and call quality
7.3
Display
8.0
Battery life
9.0
Camera
6.7
Ease of use
8.0
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Specs

W1

Type
Smartphone (Windows Phone)
Talk time
3G
Camera
yes
Internal memory
1.7 GB
Screen size
4 inches
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Specs

W1

Type
Smartphone (Windows Phone)
Talk time
3G
Camera
yes
Internal memory
1.7 GB
Screen size
4 inches
View Full Specs
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