Huawei is preparing to release the Huawei Ascend W1 in the United States. Expected to launch before the end of the month, the W1 will mark the first time Huawei has delivered a Windows Phone 8 smartphone to US customers.
Huawei will sell the device through Walmart Stores and via Walmart.com.
The Ascend W1 was first spotted at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in February of this year. The smartphone includes the following features:
- - 4-inch IPS display with Gorilla Glass protection
- - Display resolution of 480×800
- - 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor
- - 512MB of RAM,
- - 1.7GB of storage available to the user from the internal 4GB, extendable by up to 32GB via microSD.
The smartphone also offers a 5-megapixel camera with autofocus alongside an LED flash and 720p video recording. The front side of the smartphone offers a VGA camera.
Connectivity options include Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
Huawei has not revealed pricing for the entry level device but promises that it will be “competitively” priced versus other prepaid phones.
The prepaid cellular market is really heating up in recent months. T-Mobile during its financials reporting call this week announced its seventh straight quarter for which it increased the number of off-contract subscribers it now services.
With customers now being offered the chance to pick up unlocked and discounted high-end smartphones at lowering prices, it will be interesting to see how many customers jump at an entry level smartphone from a manufacturer most US customers have never heard of.
Will you be picking up the Huawei Ascend W1 when it arrives at Walmart stores later this month?