The latest round of leaked images for Huawei’s forthcoming Windows Phone 8 device, known as the Ascend W1, are beginning to surface, showing the smartphone in blue and white colors. The Ascend W1 is slated for China and select other markets, and it looks to be an attractive handset that takes design cues from both Nokia and HTC.
The cyan blue color is very Nokia with its Lumia smartphones, but the minimalist design may be borrowed from HTC’s new Windows Phone 8X by HTC (HTC 8X). The smartphone comes with straight lines and rounded corners that’s the hallmark of the 8X. Additionally, the rear protruding camera housing pod is also something that we’ve seen as part of the HTC design language since the launch of the original Sprint HTC EVO 4G several years ago.
Images of the W1 were posted on WP Central.
The phone appears to be a mid-range handset with a dual-core 1.2 GHz processor, a 4-inch WVGA display, and a removable battery. There will also be NFC support. There also appears to be an LED notification light on the front as well, something that Nokia has shied away from on its flagship Lumias to date.
So far, Huawei still has not announced its device and launch date and pricing is still not known at this time. It’s still unclear if the Ascend W1 will be coming to the U.S. market. In the U.S., Huawei has historically enjoyed a strong relationship with T-Mobile USA and the device could potentially debut there. T-Mobile currently offers the HTC 8X and the Nokia Lumia 810, so the Huawei Ascend W1 would have to compete against the Lumia 810 in the mid-range segment if it comes to T-Mobile.