Sunday, October 14, 2012
Posted by Saad Hashmi at 10:15 AM —
Aside from custom-cooked phones for carriers, it appears we've learned about all of the Windows Phone 8 devices set to launch in a few weeks across the globe. Except for one, that is: the Huawei Ascend W1.
A previous rumor had claimed Huawei would announce the newest family member to its Ascend lineup in late September, but the company later refuted that and we were left guessing. Now Huawei's CEO Yu Chengdong has posted to his Sina Weibo account that folks can expect to see this new Windows Phone 8 device for the first time on October 29th — the same day Microsoft is planning to hold several events globally to reveal the software to the public.
We hate to be the bearers of bad news, but he was wrong because we have simultaneously received our first look at the device ahead of its scheduled bow. Another poster on Sina Weibo has leaked a photo of the display digitizer for the Ascend W1, given away by the presence of the new Windows start button. Without some metric to compare it with, we can't accurately guess how large the screen size is. However, something tells us Huawei will stick to the same 4.3-inch size it used on its Android-powered Ascend flagship.
The last time we asked you how interested you were in a Huawei-built Windows Phone, the results were predictably embarrassing. Has your opinion changed; are you looking forward to seeing the Huawei Ascend W1?
Source: Sina Weibo 1, 2