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Huawei Ascend W1



Huawei Ascend W1 Overview

Huawei have long been in the business of providing feature rich handsets at affordable prices and the Ascend W1 continues this. Huawei's first Windows Phone 8 handset, the Ascend W1 offers all of the power and functionality that one expects from a new WP8 device in a compact and understated design, available in a range of vibrant Windows Phone style colours.

With a 1.2 GHz dual core Qualcomm processor and Adreno 305 graphics, the Ascend W1 may not be flying at the heights of the Nokia Lumia 920 or the HTC 8X, however it still packs a serious punch and is more than capable of running the Window Phone 8 environment without any slowdown. You can be assured that the Ascend W1 provides the slick performance of all Windows Phone 8 devices whether you use yours for work, play or both.

Internal storage on the Ascend W1 may seem a little low at 4GB but unlike many Windows Phone 8 devices, Huawei have included a micro SD card slot so you can expand the storage by up to 32GB. The design also features a removable cover to reach the SD and SIM slots, meaning you can remove and charge the Huawei Ascend W1's 1950mAh battery. The generous battery size is more than enough to see you through the whole day, however the option to have spares is one that most other Windows Phone 8 device manufacturers are not providing.

The 4 inch, 480 x 800 LCD panel makes for a much more compact handset than with other Windows Phone 8 units and the IPS display makes for pin sharp text with unparalleled viewing angles. If the size and weight of other devices is off-putting to you then at just 124.5 x 63.7 x 10.5 mm and 130 grams, the Ascend W1 could be just right for you. A 5 megapixel camera and VGA resolution front-facing camera round off the feature list of this smartphone.

Huawei are set to change their image this year and the Ascend W1 could be the first step to them becoming a household name.

Huawei Ascend W1 Features

  • Windows Phone 8
  • 1.2 GHz dual core with Adreno 305 graphics
  • 4" IPS LCD display
  • 5 MP camera & VGA front-facing
  • 4 GB internal storage
  • Up to 32 GB external storage (micro SD)
  • Removable 1950 mAh battery
  • 124.5 x 63.7 x 10.5 mm
  • 130 grams


SIM Free & UnlockedYes
Operating SystemWindows Phone
  • Version8
  • Custom Skin
  • Speed1.2GHz Dual Core
  • Dual CoreYes
  • Quad Core
  • Make/ModelQualcomm MSM8230
  • Other
Expansion SlotYes
  • TypeMicroSDHC
  • Capacity (Up to)32 GB
Internal StorageYes
  • Capacity4 GB
  • TouchscreenYes
  • Size4
  • Resolution 480 x 800
  • Other
  • Frequencies850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz
  • Speed
  • Frequencies850 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 MHz
  • Speed
  • Frequencies
  • Speed
  • Version2.1 with Enhanced Data Rate
  • Functions
  • Version802.11 b/g/n
  • Version
  • Datamicro USB
  • Powermicro USB
  • Audio3.5mm jack
  • Video Out
Device Controls
  • Keyboard
  • Optical Trackpad
  • Hardware Buttons
  • Other
  • Antenna TypeInternal Glonass
  • A-GPSYes
  • Built-in Software
  • Megapixels5
  • FlashAuto focus w/ LED Flash
  • Camera Lens
  • Other
Front Facing CameraYes
  • TypeVGA
  • AccelerometerYes
  • Proximity SensorYes
  • Digital Compass
  • Gyroscope
  • Light Sensor
  • FormatsMP3 / WAV / WMA / eAAC
  • Recording
  • FormatsMP4 / WMV / H.264 / H.263
  • Recording
Near Field Communication
FM Radio
  • Capacity1950 mAh
  • TypeLi-ion
  • RemovableYes
Call Time
  • GSM
  • 3G
Standby Time
  • GSM
  • 3G
Dimensions124.5 x 63.7 x 10.5 mm
Weight 130g
Warranty24 months


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Do you ship internationally?

Yes - If you are located outside of the UK you may want to take a look at our list of FAQs for international customers on the following link:

Is this phone SIM FREE and Unlocked?

Yes, this phone is unlocked and can be used with networks around the world. Do check the specifications to ensure compatibility in your region with your network provider. No SIM card or contract applies to this phone.

Is this phone brand new?

Yes. Unless the description of the product suggests otherwise (I.e. EX-DEMO) then this product is brand new and has not been used before.

Is there any network/operator branding?

No - There is only the manufacturer’s branding.

Does the phone have a Micro SDHC/memory card slot?

Yes - this phone accepts up to 32 GB micro SDHC memory cards

What SIM card does this phone use?

This phone takes a micro SIM card

Is this handset LTE compatible?

No – this phone is compatible on 850 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 MHz 3G networks only

Does this phone have a removable battery?

Yes – the back cover and battery of this phone can be removed

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