It took only a few weeks to witness the first drop in price for Huawei’s first Windows Phone 8 smartphone, the Ascend W1 (which is available in blue – exclusive to O2 - and pink). The device was originally launched for £130 and can now be had for £110.
Other than the arrival of the Nokia Lumia 520 on the market (which can be had from Carphone Warehouse for £10 less), we’re not sure what might have caused this major slump in pricing. It could also be that O2 will soon lose the exclusivity it has on the handset.
The W1 was launched at Mobile World Congress earlier this year and proved to be a very interesting mainstream handset with an entry level price tag. Powered by Windows Phone 8, it runs on a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8260a clocked at 1GHz.
It is only 11mm thin, has a 1,950mAh, 512MB of RAM, 4GB onboard storage, a 4in 800 x 480 display with Gorilla Glass, a 5-megapixel camera with an LED flash, a front facing camera and a memory card slot. Huawei says that it can stay on standby for up to 19 days and offer a talk-time of up to 10 hours.