The Ascend W1 is Huawei’s first smartphone to run Windows 8 and its entry-level price puts it in direct competition with the Nokia Lumia 620. Its angular frame isn’t that exciting at a first glance, but its soft touch back makes it very comfortable to hold. The rather uninspiring mass of black on our review sample wasn’t particularly inspiring, but the Ascend W1 is also available in blue and pink, giving it some personality.
The Ascend W1 has a 4in screen with a 480×800 resolution and we were pleased with its overall image quality. Colours were very bright and rich, and blacks were surprisingly deep for an LCD screen. Compared to AMOLED screens, blacks were a little grey, but the screen’s contrast levels were great, showing an excellent level of detail in our high contrast test images. Budget phone, or not, this really is a quality screen.
Huawei Ascend W1 Promotional Video
The Huawei Ascend W1 is a great Windows phone. It may not have the apps or attractive build quality of theNokia Lumia 620, but it’s a much faster, longer lasting phone at an even more affordable price. It’s brilliant value and it wins a deserved Budget Buy award.
Unlock the phone in few easy steps
1: Turn on phone with Not Accepted SIM card.
2: A menu will pop up to Insert the code.
3: Insert the provided code and press OK
4: Device is now unlocked.