Here at CES 2013, Windows Phone news is few and far between. We’ve already seen quite a bit of the Huawei Ascend W1 which was informally announced here at the convention.
Today we got a chance to play with some of the other colors besides black for the entry-level phone. The W1, following Nokia and HTC, comes in White, Black (soft-touch), Cyan and Red and we have to admit the color scheme continues to work with those themes on board (there is a “dreamy blue” custom Accent color as well).
Though the 4” device with 1.2Ghz dual core CPUs won’t be for everyone it’s not a bad low-end phone at all (though Windows Phone 8 stutters a tad with 512MB of RAM).
In speaking with Huawei over some drinks last night we did learn about that 6.1” device that they are reportedly working on. It’s not a 100% go yet as they want to test the market with the Android version first to see if people even want such a massive phone. Assuming it sells well though you can indeed expect Huawei to make a version with our favorite OS.
Also, we learned the W1 should be coming to the US in Q2. Though we don’t have specific carriers to mention there’s a good chance we’ll see it on some MVNOs and regional carriers as a cheap alternative to some of those less-than-stellar Android devices that we often find.
Although pre-paid phones are not a very sexy discussion for mobile technology it’s an important area that Windows Phone needs to make a dent in because right now, Android dominates that area of the market.