Huawei’s first Windows Phone, the Ascend W1, will be available in the US soon. The handset appeared at the FCC and took us by surprise with the carrier selection. If you were expecting Verizon, AT&T, Sprint or T-Mobile to get it, you will be disappointed. The second line of carriers, including C Spire, US Cellular, or Metro PCS will not be carrying the device either. The Huawei Ascend W1 will land instead at TracFone Wireless, and more specifically at its Net10 brand.
Huawei Ascend W1 Windows 8 Smartphone
TracFone specializes in feature phones, but Net10 has a selection of recognizable smartphones including high-endish ones like the Samsung Galaxy S III, and Apple iPhone 4. In a company like this, the Ascend W1 should fit well in the portfolio. The phone itself is a handsome little package that should feel comfortable in the hand. It comes with a 4-inch touch screen and a decent sized 1,950 mAh battery. The handset is powered by a dual-core 1.2 GHz processor and runs Windows 8 platform with Nokia Drive+ for a top-rate turn-by-turn navigation.
Being an entry-level device, the Huawei Ascend W1 does not support NFC or wireless charging and lacks front-facing camera, but for the market segment this device would target those are not critical features. FCC documents do not reveal the exact launch date or pricing, but considering the choice of network it is safe to say that the Ascend W1 will not cost much off-contract.