Following earlier news of the upcoming release, Huawei recently unveiled the launch of its Ascend W2, the company's second budget-friendly Microsoft Windows Phone 8 smartphone. The Huawei Ascend W2 brings a burst of color to the smartphone experience, offering a range of vibrant finishes including black, blue, yellow, and red. It features a Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-core CPU at 1.4 GHz and supports - according to the Global Certification Forum, which just approved the W2 - quadbad GSM/GPRS/EDGE, dualband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA at 900/2100 MHz as well as WiFi b/g/n and Bluetooth 3.0. Furthermore it's equipped with the still typical Windows Phone 4.3" IPS WVGA LCD screen. For incredible responsiveness even when wearing gloves, the display also features TFT Magic Touch technology.
It features a 5 megapixel main camera which allows to record 720p HD videos but lacks a front facing camera for video telephony. Powered by Windows Phone 8, the Huawei Ascend W2 offers the most personal smartphone experience with Live Tiles and more than 20 colored homescreen themes which are said to either complement or contrast with the handset's exterior, while matching color choices are also offered across the phone's keyboard backlights and UI themes.
As a Windows Phone, the Huawei Ascend W2, which comes with 512 MB of RAM and 8 GB of flash memory, is cloud connected, so content can flow fluidly from screen to screen. Photos, Office documents and more on Huawei Ascend W2 can be automatically synced to Microsoft's included 7 GB SkyDrive cloud storage and entertainment content like music and videos, spans phone, PC, tablet and console and can therefore be shared with Xbox Music and Xbox Live.
The Huawei Ascend W2 TD version became available in China from August and the Huawei Ascend W2 UMTS version began shipping to China from October 2013. Huawei said in its press release that the Ascend W2 will become available in Russia and the Netherlands from November, with other markets to follow.
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