Huawei’s first Windows Phone 8 device, named W1, will be launched in the coming month and general availibility in China will be in the mid December, just in time for the Christmas Season. It is rumored that the phone will be priced at 2499RMB, which is around 500 Singapore dollars. From the photos provided, the Windows Phone 8 offering from Huawei looks suspiciously similar to Nokia’s Lumia 820 and HTC’s 8X.
W1 will come in a 4″ screen size at a 800 x 480 resolution. Alike all the other Windows Phone 8, it will come with a 1.2GHz Dual Core S4 processor from Qualcomm. This model comes with 512MB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage. Built in is also a 5 Megapixel back camera and a 0.3Megapixel front camera. Besides that, the battery will be rated at 2000mAh.
Judging from the rumored price, the W1 would not be a phone which is priced competitively with the given specifications. Although long battery life is expected on the device, most of the other features are a major turn off for customers. 4GB of internal storage is measly after some storage space taken up for the actual Windows Phone 8 OS. Skype as a core main feature for the new Windows Phone 8 is limited with a front 0.3Megapixel camera. However, as the W1 is focused for Chinese consumers, prices of other branded phones could be even higher, and possibly making the W1 a wise choice otherwise.