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November 1, 2013

Huawei Ascend W2 is a budget WP8 handset

In case you forgot Huawei is a Windows Phone partner. And the Chinese brought the first non-Nokia WP8 launch in a while, the Huawei Ascend W2 (the successor of the Ascend W1). The phone goes after the Nokia Lumia 520 by targeting "value-savvy" consumers.

It has a 4.3" IPS LCD screen with WVGA resolution (480 x 800 pixels, 217ppi). It also features super sensitive touch technology, so it works even if you're wearing gloves. The phone is rather large for a 4.3" device though, measuring 134 x 67 x 9.9mm, it's almost the size of a 5" phone. The 160g of weight don't help its cause either.

Anyway, the Ascend W2 comes in several color options (that's the strength of the WP lineup, right?), from standard Black to Blue, Red and Yellow.

The phone is powered by a Snapdragon MSM8230 chipset with a dual-core Krait CPU running at 1.4GHz, Adreno 305 GPU and 512MB RAM. It has 8GB of built-in storage and no expansion slot.

There's a 5MP camera on the back that can shoot 720p videos. On the connectivity side there's 3G, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0 and microUSB 2.0. The battery has 1,700mAh capacity.

The press release touts the affordable price of the Huawei Ascend W2, but is mum on a concrete sum. The 3G version of the phone will be available in Russia and the Netherlands this month (probably soon, it's been shipping since October). It will expand to more markets later. The Chinese version of the phone has been around since August.