Huawei Ascend W1

Windows Phone 8 Smartphone

HUAWEI Ascend W1 smartphone review

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Huawei have introduced a powerful yet affordable new Windows 8 smartphone with the all new Huawei W1.

Windows Phone 8

The Windows Phone 8 operating system will be familiar to those with Windows 8 computers and tablets, and features the same unique tiled interface which is completely customisable and allows you to arrange your home screen just as you would your desktop, with live tiles featuring your latest Facebook or Twitter feeds, the latest news or sports results, video or just about anything you want to.

Powerful processor

What we find particularly remarkable about the Huawei Ascend W1 is the powerful 1.2GHz Qualcomm dual core processor. To find such a powerful processor in an entry level smartphone is an outstanding achievement by Huawei and combined with the Adreno 305 GPU it ensures you will always have plenty of power for playing games or watching video along with any other task you wish to undertake.

This is assisted by the Windows Phone 8 operating system which uses less power than many other operating systems including Android and iOS.

Long battery life

A powerful 1950mAh battery also ensures you will be able to enjoy your smartphone content for longer, and Huawei can proudly claim that this smartphone has the longest battery life for standby time of any smartphone in it’s class.

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Premium features

It will not leave you wanting for Premium features either, with a 5 megapixel camera on board which includes autofocus and LED flash as well as video recording, while the 4 inch display, featuring a resolution of 480 x 800, is perfect for showing off those photos even in bright lighting conditions thanks to a reflective IPS LCD display with lamination technology.


This remarkable smartphone also includes 4GB inbuilt memory which can be ramped up to 32GB thanks to the included MicroSD card slot, a very welcome addition in a world where many more expensive smartphones have done away with the facility.


Overall this is another superb smartphone from a manufacturer who in our opinion are very under-rated in the UK but who continue to impress with each new product they introduce. The Huawei W1 is a windows smartphone with premium features at a budget price and is one we are very happy to recommend.

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