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O2 UK announces plan to carry Huawei Ascend W1

Huawei Ascend W1

The UK mobile operator O2 has announced plans to stock the Huawei Ascend W1 in a recent presser. The Windows Phone has reared its head at CES 2013, and we've had the pleasure to view the device in more detail with some hands-on action. O2 has become a major partner for Microsoft in the UK with the network sporting an array of Windows Phones available for consumers. The Ascend W1 will join other handsets in stores early 2013.

Huawei stated last year that it would introduce Windows Phone 8 hardware to a number of markets and it appears as though 2013 will prove to be the year that the company expands into the ecosystem to combat Nokia, HTC and Samsung. Unfortunately details on the imminent UK launch aren't revealing much but we can expect to see the device receiving as much of the spotlight as other Windows Phones.

So what's packed inside the Ascend W1? It sports a dual-core 1.2Ghz processor, 1950mAh battery, 4" (800x480) display, 512MB of RAM, 5 MP camera, and 4GB storage (expandable to 32GB with a micro SD card), making the Windows Phone an entry level smartphone. What's more is that the device will be available in blue and pink. More details to follow.




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Piro.Garay says:

How do you even pronounce Huawei???

Ash_Biz says:

Its pronounced as: HUA-WAY!!

xiontechinfo says:

Please make note guys that 7.8 would come after CES 2013

androidnav says:

Whats your source? Are you certian? Does it include HTC and Samsung or just Nokia?

xma1e says:

Don't need a source, its pretty obvious since it didn't come out before CES. Lol.
He didn't say WHEN after CES

Micah Dawson says:

The front of it sort reminds me of Noka's 810

Seany72 says:

When does CES finish then??

Big Supes says:

I also noticed the Lumia 620 is coming soon. :)

gtc69 says:

Is this O2 sucking up to Microsoft after the lumia 800 fiasco?

Big Supes says:

Wasn't the problem only with Nokia? Either way, I don't see why they would need to suck up. Its not like they're struggling to shift iPhones and Android devices. Personally, I just think O2 recognise the platforms potential and judge it on its own merits. There's also no doubt that consumers are starting to ask for more 'WP'.

BGBrereton says:

But what about the 920? EE's exclusivity is supposed to end soon.

Big Supes says:

Last I heard from O2 was "watch this space :) ". Sounds promising, albiet vague.

xma1e says:

O2 a major partner? Shame they don't know that in stall O2 in Angel, Islington are abysmal, why I left for EE.