Chinese handset maker Huawei has already introduced its first Windows Phone 8 handset at Consumer Electronics Show 2013 (CES), the Ascend W1.However, the company has even bigger plans for the Mobile World Congress 2013 (MWC) trade fair, which is set to take place on February 25-28, in Barcelona.
It appears that Huawei is planning a new Windows Phone 8 device, other than the already rumored 6.1-inch phablet, which will be launched on the market later this year.
Dubbed Huawei Ascend W2, the smartphone is expected to be officially introduced in late February at MWC 2013 trade fair.
The information has been recently confirmed by Huawei’s Chairman, Yu Chengdon via Weibo (translated):
“The CES show, we released most of three global smartphone products, are: maximum screen Mate, the most powerful D2 and the best value the WP8 mobile phone W1 2 month Barcelona MWC Mobile World Congress will also release two most of the world’s smartphone products. Nobody can remember, can only remember the first one, we want the consumer to see, most of the world first from Huawei! Keep making progress, beyond!”
According to Chinese blog CNBeta, the smartphone is meant to compete with Nokia’s Lumia 920 smartphone, which is why we expect the Ascend W2 to be packed with high-end features.
The latest hearsay claim the Huawei Ascend W2 will be powered by a dual core processor, probably clocked at 1.5 GHz, which will be complemented by 1GB of RAM. The smartphone will pack 16GB of internal memory and a 2800 mAh Li-Ion battery.
Huawei Ascend W2 will be the thinnest Windows Phone 8 handset at 7.7mm/0.27-inch and will boast a stunning 4.5-inch HD capacitive touchscreen display.
It is also worth mentioning the smartphone will be available for purchase for only 3200 yuan outright, which is about $515/€385.