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Huawei Ascend W1 Windows Phone 8 smartphone down to £100!

The Huawei Ascend W1, the cheapest Windows Phone 8 smartphone from the Chinese company, is currently on sale for as little as £100 on PAYG at UK mobile phone operator O2, a massive price drop from its original selling price of £130.

The W1 was unveiled at Mobile World Congress earlier this year and comes with some rather enticing features. There's a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8255 SoC clocked at 1GHz, 512MB of RAM, a 4in display with a 800 x 480 pixel resolution, Gorilla Glass, a 5-megapixel AF camera with flash, a 1,950mAh battery, a microSD card slot and 4GB onboard storage.

It does offer Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS connectivity. It does however face some tough competition from Nokia's entry level smartphone, the Lumia 520 which is not only cheaper (and unlocked) but also has some cracking Nokia-only applications (like Mix Radio, Drive, Cinematograph and Maps) and more onboard storage.

You can check the review of the Nokia Lumia 520 smartphones here. Nokia now has more Windows Phone 8 handsets on the market than the rest of the competition (Samsung, Huawei and HTC) combined.

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