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Huawei confirms Ascend D2 and W1 to launch at CES

Huawei has confirmed that it will unveil two smartphones at CES in January. The long-awaited Windows Phone 8 Ascend W1 and the Android-based Ascend D2 will both be launched at the trade show in Las Vegas.

The confirmation came in the form of a Weibo post from Huawei CEO Yu Chengdong unearthed by WMPoweruser. In the post, Chengdong also expressed concerns about the commercial viability of the D2.

The handset is due to boast a 5in fullHD display, as well as a quad-core 1.5GHz processor and a 13-megapixel camera. Those are powerful specs, putting it on par with HTC’s Butterfly J and with what is widely expected to be Samsung’s next-generation Galaxy S smartphone.

The W1, meanwhile, will be a more budget-friendly Windows Phone 8 device, with dual-core 1.2GHz processor, 512MB of RAM, and a 5-megapixel camera, according to preliminary reports.

But that’s just the beginning of the Chinese firm’s plans for 2013. Speaking to German site BestBoyZ, the company’s chief marketing officer Shao Yang promised an even bigger announcement for the second half of 2013.

“If our R&D people have not made a mistake, then we will have something in the second half of 2013 that's better than Apple and Samsung," Yang said.