O2 has been the first to unveil the Huawei Ascend W1 smartphone, a Windows Phone 8 device that was unveiled at Mobile World Congress at the end of February and is currently the cheapest Windows Phone 8 handset on the market.
It is available both on PAYG and on pay monthly. We would however strongly recommend sticking to its PAYG version which costs only £130 (plus an extra £10 top up) as you can then swap the O2 SIM for any other compatible one (like Tesco Mobile or Giff Gaff).
The W1 runs on a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC, the MSM8230, which is clocked at 1.2GHz and comes with an Adreno 305 GPU. There’s 512MB of RAM, 4GB of onboard storage and a microSD card slot.
Other features include a 5-megapixel camera with autofocus and flash, HD video recording capabilities and a VGA front facing camera. Interestingly enough, the W1 comes with a 4in 800 x 480 IPS display with Corning Gorilla Glass, a rarity on a smartphone that price.
It has a massive battery (1,950 mAh capacity) that can power the smartphone for more than 600 minutes. Since it comes with Windows Phone 8, the device is also inherits the likes of Live Tiles, IE10, Microsoft Office and more.