Huawei takes its first steps into the world of Windows Phone 8 with a quite promising entry-level smartphone. Huawei Ascend W1 could be an interesting choice for those in search of affordable smartphones based on Microsoft's latest mobile OS.
It comes equipped with a Snapdragon S4 Plus chipset (MSM8230), composed of a dual-core CPU at 1.2 GHz and GPU Adreno 305 + 512 MB RAM.
The 4-inch display is limited to WVGA resolution, but the matrix with IPS technology promises satisfactory image quality. Next to the screen we have a 0.3 MP webcam for video calls and on the back we find a 5-megapixel camera with LED flash. Photo & video collections are shot in 720p resolution accommodated in the 4 GB of internal memory, expandable up to 32 GB via microSD card.
In connectivity, we have access to WiFi networks and Internet 3G HSPA+, module for NFC payments, Bluetooth and GPS. Even if has a battery of 1950 mAh only, it should have to cover without too much trouble the energy consumption generated by the chipset and the 4-inch screen.
The second smartphone presented in Las Vegas is Huawei Ascend Mate, which is also the smartphone with the largest screen so far. With a 6.1-inch screen, armed with a quad-core chipset and a customized version of Android Jelly Bean, adapted with the interface Huawei Emotion UI, the giant announces to be the star of the fair in terms of smartphones.
Helped by the technology called Magic Touch, the giant HD screen can be controlled even with gloves on, so using the phone in cold winter days should not pose problems. In terms of software optimization, Ascend Mate enjoys a user interface mode for one-handed use, restricting virtual keyboard and dialpad in the bottom of the screen.
In the 9.9 mm thick casing lies a 4050 mAh battery, which should cover without too much trouble energy requirements of the 6.1-inch screen with LTPS LCD technology and the Huawei K3V2 chipset clocked at a frequency of 1.5 GHz.
The configuration also includes 2GB RAM and an 8-megapixel camera that promises to please fans of photography and videos at 1080p resolution.
Unfortunately, the initial rumors that announced the presence of a Full HD screen and 1.8 GHz chipset were not true, Huawei probably choosing to cut these specifications hoping to obtain a lower price, which could increase its sales.
Unlike its brother Mate, Ascend D2 presents itself as a more practical and comfortable smartphone, which also offers superior set of specifications. Ascend D2 comes with a 5-inch Full HD display capable of rendering images with unmatched clarity thanks to the LCD matrix with a density of 443 ppi. Huawei Ascend D2 has the same Huawei K3V2 chipset installed, but on the back we find a 13-megapixel camera assisted by an LED flash.
The silver framed casing of Ascend D2 hides a 3000 mAh battery, sized for approximately two days of running and the operating system delivered is Android Jelly Bean, improved by adding split-screen multi-tasking support (running multiple applications simultaneously on screen) and technology of augmented reality technology.
Compared to its predecessor Ascend D, the new Huawei Ascend D2 is a step forward on all fronts: screen size and resolution, the performance of the chipset and the design of the casing.
At this point we don’t have any pricing details.