Two Huawei flagship phones were announced at the Consumer Electronics Show, which is taking place this week in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Ascend W1 is Huawei’s Windows Phone 8 flagship (despite its less than impressive specs) and the Chinese company’s first-ever stab at releasing a Windows Phone-powered device, while the Ascend D2 (pictured) will join the growing ranks of Android phones with 5-inch displays and full-HD, or 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution. In addition to these two phones, Huawei also announced yesterday the Android-running Ascend Mate, a phone with a gigantic 6.1-inch display, albeit with lower-end specifications as compared to the Ascend D2.
According to Huawei chief executive officer Richard Yu, the new Huawei phones should be more durable than most other smartphones in the market. To demonstrate this point, Yu poured water on each of the three new handsets, then dropped them on the floor to show just how durable and damage-resistant they are. Although Sony has something similar cooked up with its waterproof Xperia Z, the combination of being waterproof and extremely durable should give prospective buyers something to look forward to once the devices are released. Unfortunately, Yu did not provide much information on release dates, pricing and availability, except confirming that the Ascend W1, Ascend D2 and Ascend Mate will drop in China by next month.
The Ascend D2 is definitely the pick of the litter in this group of new Huawei handsets; aside from its 5-inch, 1080p screen, it has a quad-core processor clocked at 1.5 GHz, 2 GB RAM and a 13-megapixel rear camera. The Ascend Mate, on the other hand, has a 6.1-inch display, 1280 x 720 HD display, a 1.4 GHz quad-core processor and an 8-megapixel rear camera. Finally, the Windows Phone 8-powered Ascend W1 has a dual-core processor, a 4-inch IPS LCD WVGA screen, 512 MB RAM and a 5-megapixel rear camera; by the looks of this, the Ascend W1 will be a midrange alternative to phones such as the Nokia Lumia 920 and HTC Windows Phone 8X.