Saturday, November 2, 2013

Huawei Ascend W2 goes official: your budget 4.3" Windows 8 Phone

Huawei is adding up its Windows Phone line with the announcement of the Huawei Ascend W2, W1's successor. Packing a 4.3-inch screen, this new smartphone from the Chinese company is aimed to consumers who want to experience Windows Phone 8 at an affordable price.

Huawei Ascend W2 specs:
4.3" WVGA IPS TFT capacitive touchscreen
16M colors, 800 x 480 pixels, 217 ppi
1.4 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8230
Adreno 305
512MB RAM
4GB ROM (no card slot)
5MP camera (no flash, no front camera)
up to 720p video recording
3G/WiFi/Bluetooth connectivity
microUSB v.2.0
Sensors: proximity, ambient light, accelerometer
Windows Phone 8 OS
Dimensions: 134 x 67 x 9.9mm
Weight: 160g (with battery)
1700 mAh battery
395 hours standby
9.5 hours talktime
4 hours charging

There goes the specs of the Huawei Ascend W2, which for me is strange, considering it is supposed to be an upgrade of the W1, and yet the W1 is better in most points:
  • No memory card expansion slot. And it only has 8GB of internal memory.
  • Rear camera is the same but there's no LED flash. No front camera too.
  • smaller battery, considering a bigger screen. (compared to W1's 1950 mAh battery and smaller screen.)
On a positive note, here's where Ascend W2 makes up for the disadvantages listed above:
  • Larger screen (same resolution though with W1).
  • Faster processor (compared to W1's 1.2 GHz processor)
Before, W1's problem is a small internal memory (for those users who likes to install many apps, as WP does not allow it to be moved to your memory card, unless Microsoft will do something about it.) And now, it has a larger internal memory, but no more card slot! So, for those users who want lots of music or videos on your phone, this device is not for you. Nokia Windows Phones like Lumia 520 may do it better (Note: I'm not a Nokia fanboy!)

Otherwise, if you're going to use it for calls and text, and browsing, this phone should suffice.

Huawei Ascend W2 should be available this month in black, blue, red and yellow colors. No word about the pricing and availability yet in the country.