Huawei Ascend W1 Philippines Price Php 8,990 Only! Complete Technical Specifications, Affordable Windows Phone Quick Demo Video!

"The location of Huawei's main office in the Philippines matches the name of their smartphones," my younger brother - Val Marvin of BallersPinas - told me as soon as he arrived home from the media launch of Huawei Ascend W1.

The event was held yesterday at the company's local headquarters at the 52nd floor of PBCom Tower in Makati City, the tallest commercial building in the Philippines as of writing.

I've been down with flu for the past few days and I really want to thank Val for being kind enough to attend events and meetings with our partners on my behalf. I also want to say 'thank you' to everyone who sent me 'get well soon' emails and messages after I posted about my condition on TechPinas' Facebook page. Maraming salamat po! I'm starting to feel better and stronger.

Huawei has always been very supportive of our community so when I got an invitation from Sir Al Dimapilis, Huawei's Marketing Manager for Mobile Devices Business in the Philippines, several weeks back for the launch of 'a new Ascend smartphone that opens bigger and higher doors of opportunities', I immediately said yes.

Sir Al with Huawei Ascend W1

I own several Huawei products - dongles and smartphones - and I just knew that whatever handset they'd be launching will be good. "You have to attend this event for me," I - feeling feverish - told Val last Thursday, "I'm sure it will be a key release for this year." I never expected the company, however, to unveil a Windows Phone -- and a very affordable one at that.

"Inspired and powered by people, Ascend W1 is a combination of Huawei's user-centric design philosophy and Windows Phone 8 software, bringing consumers a truly compelling choice." shared Mr. Johnson Ma, Country Manager of Huawei Device Philippines.

He added, "The addition of Huawei Ascend W1 to our smartphone portfolio gives consumers access to an even wider range of Huawei smartphones. At a price that makes sense to consumers, Ascend W1 underscores our commitment to put smartphones within reach of every consumer, no matter who you are or what you want from your phone."

Measuring only 10.15 mm at its thickest point, Huawei Ascend W1 sports a 4-inch IPS LCD 480 x 800 touchscreen with OGS Technology that's said to 'reduce light consumption' and make the screen brighter and more vivid even under the sun, providing an enhanced viewing experience. Powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM8230 Dual Core 1.2 GHz processor and Adreno 305 GPU, the device handles multitasking with 512 MB of RAM and has a rather large 1,950 mAh Li-Ion battery giving it the longest uptime among all smartphones in its class.

The handset features a visually iconic design inspired by 'a tropical island' and comes in an array of bold and cool colors including White and Blue. The Huawei Ascend W1 is definitely smart and stylish alternative for consumers looking for unique smartphone with decent specifications at a price that is right.

Just like any other smartphone running Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 operating system, Huawei Ascend W1 offers a very smooth touch experience and comes with features and services that are unique to the platform including Live Tiles, People Hub, Kid's Corner, and Windows Phone Store, which now has more than 120,000 apps to choose from.

At the back of device, you'll find it's 5 MegaPixel camera with LED flash. There's another VGA snapper in front, which you can also use for video calls.

"Considering everything that users will get from the phone, I'm surprised that it only costs Php 8,990," my younger brother told me while showing this quick demo video of Huawei Ascend W1 that he recorded from the event. "It has even better specs than your HTC HD7 from two years ago and I know that that one sold for more than Php 30,000 then."

I can't wait to get my hands on a unit so I can tell you if it's actually any good in the flesh. I'm curious about how well its camera performs, how this OGS display technology works, and how long the handset's uptime is when browsing the web and using social networking apps. Off hand, though - just from looking at the phone's specifications as well as these photos taken by Val - I believe Huawei Ascend W1 is a really sulit release, which should do well in the market.

TechPinas Smartphone Technical Specs Table (TSTST)
Name Huawei Ascend W1
Type Slate Form Factor (Full Touchscreen)
Price Category Midrange
Dimensions124.5 x 63.7 x 10.5 mm
Weight 130 grams
Available Colors White, Blue, Red, Black
Operating System Windows Phone 8
Display 4.0 inches (~233 ppi pixel density), 480 x 800 pixels, IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Processor Dual-core 1.2 GHz Krait, Adreno 305 GPU, Qualcomm MSM8230 Snapdragon chipset
Internal Storage 8 GB, expandable via microSD card slot, supports up to 32GB
Camera 5 MegaPixels, 2592 х 1944 pixels, autofocus, VGA front camera
Video Capture 720p 30 frames per second for main camera, VGA front camera
Audio and Video Playback MP3,WAV,WMA,eAAC+,MP4,WMV,H.264,H.263
Ports microUSB v2.0, 3.5 mm audio jack
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP, EDR, 3G HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps, HSPA+
GPS Yes, with GLONASS and A-GPS
Sensors Accelerometer, Proximity
Network 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900, 3G Network HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
SIM Card Type Regular SIM (Mini SIM)
Battery Li-Ion 1950 mAh
Uptime 460 hours of Standby, 10 hours 30 minutes of Talktime
Announcement Philippines: April 2013
Availability Philippines: April 2013
Price Official SRP: Php 8,990