Huawei Ascend W1

  • Huawei Ascend W1
Based on 24 scores, 55 reviews available
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  • Built quality.
  • High quality screen.
  • Affordable.


  • Average camera.
  • Slow web browsing.

Expert reviews and ratings

By Engadget on 72

This very good Windows Phone 8 device is hampered by a lack of storage and a lackluster camera, but good performance may tempt speed...

By Expert Reviews on 100

An excellent Windows phone with a good camera and stunning battery life, all for a great price...

By NotebookCheck on 86

Huawei Ascend W1 Huawei wants to mingle in the still new Windows Phone 8 market with its brand new Ascend W1. The manufacturer's debut is successful. The bright IPS screen is a seldom item seen in the EUR 200 price range and contributes largely to that....

By TrustedReviews on 90

You don’t get access to as many apps as you do on Android or iOS handsets, but if you can live with this then you'll find that at £110 on Pay As you Go from O2 it represents exceptionally good value for money.

By YugaTech on 75

To conclude, the Huawei Ascend W1 is a strong Windows Phone offering. It has a solid construction, attractive design, great display, decent camera, and a really good battery life. The only real downside we see here is the 512MB RAM as it limits the amount of applications it can run from the Windows Phone Store.

By on 70

Huawei is a new name on British shores, but the Chinese manufacturer wants to be a big player in smartphones. The Ascend W1 is its new Windows Phone 8 handset, and it's the cheapest phone here by some distance: its SIM-free price of £130 undercuts the...

By TechRadar on 70

It may not excel at any of these things, but that's OK. You're not going to buy the Huawei Ascend W1 for power, you're going to buy it for practicality and value for money - and those are the criteria it absolutely wins out on.

By Wired on 60

As a mid-price gateway to the world of Windows Phone the Huawei Ascend W1 is an efficient, fast and capable way in. But the camera isn't quite up to scratch, the screen could be a bit sharper, and it has its work cut out to distinguish itself from the small but growing range of mid-price Windows rivals such as the Nokia Lumia 620...

By on -

The high-end smartphones from the big manufacturers are of course the most ground-breaking and exciting products. However, not everyone has the budget for buying them separately, and getting tied to a two or three-year subscription isn't always the...

By Stuff NZ on 80

Just remember to keep in mind that you'll need to pay a little bit extra for a microSD card at some point in the future, and that Windows Phone 8 still has some work to do, particularly when it comes to the Windows Phone app store.

By on -

The Windows Phone 8 phones that we've reviewed so far - the Nokia Lumia 920, Lumia 820 and the HTC 8X - were all high-end phones with high-end prices. More affordable Windows Phone 8 smartphones are starting to appear, and today Hardware.Info is taking...

By Good Gear Guide on -

The Huawei Ascend W1 is a new mid-range Windows Phone that will clearly be targeted at price conscious buyers. It has a 4in screen, a 5-megapixel camera and a microSD card slot for extra memory, but there's no word on an Australian release...

By Recombu on -

The Huawei Ascend W1 was announced at CES this year. It's the first device from Huawei running Windows Phone 8 and is available in blue and ruby-pink, ready to take on the Nokia Lumia 820 and HTC 8S. We had some hands-on time with the Huawei Ascend W1 at...

By PC Advisor on -

At CES 2013 Huawei announced its Full HD Ascend D2 but it also unveiled the Ascend W1. We were there to take a look at Huawei's first Windows Phone 8 smartphone so here's our Ascend W1 hands-on review. In the Windows Phone 8 market, Huawei has to...

By The Inquirer on -

As well as the Huawei Ascend D2 smartphone and its 6.1in Ascend Mate phablet , the Chinese phone maker unveiled its first Windows Phone device, the Huawei Ascend W1 . We managed to get our hands on the colourful, budget priced Windows Phone, which is...

By The Inquirer on -

LAS VEGAS: CHINES PHONE MAKER Huawei silently announced its debut Windows Phone handset at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas , named the Huawei Ascend W1. The device will arrive in the UK later this year on the...

By on 70

At £199, Huawei’s Ascend W1 is a respectable entry into the world of budget-friendly Windows Phone 8 devices. It’s stylish and solidly built with fantastic battery life and a compact-but-crisp four-inch screen, but Huawei hasn’t gone the extra mile like...

International Review By on 81

Meski hadir sebagai gadget kelas entry level, Huawei Ascend W1 ini mampu tampil menawan. Hal yang paling menarik muncul pada karakter WP 8 yang terkesan simple serta adanya dukungan koneksi Rev.B. Perangkat ini cocok bagi yang berminat mencicipi sensasi...

International Review By on -

Regelmatig krijgen we van vrienden of familie de vraag: “Welke smartphone moet ik kopen?”. Tja, probeer daar maar eens een eenvoudig antwoord op te geven. Iedereen gebruikt zijn smartphone anders, stelt andere eisen of heeft gewoon een andere smaak. In...

International Review By on 50

Det her er den absolut billigste Windows Phone 8 mobil på markedet, og selv om man må undvære alle finesserne fra de dyre modeller, så er Huawei absolut sluppet godt fra Ascend W1. Man får alligevel så meget af Windows Phone 8 funktionaliteten med i...