Microsoft announced nearly a year back (in June 2012, as a matter of fact) that the Chinese telecommunication giant Huawei would be one of its four partners for Windows Phone 8.
Huawei recently released the Ascend W1, its first Windows Phone 8 smartphone in various markets around the globe, except United States, that is. But that is set to change later this month, as Huawei has just announced that it will be launching the handset in the country.
The press release states that the smartphone will be getting a little name change — it will drop the Ascend title and will only be called the Huawei W1 in the US market.
It is set to go on sale later this month at Walmart’s online store, as well as some of its physical retail locations across the length and breadth of the country.
Todd Greenberg, the General Manager of US Windows Phone Sales at Microsoft said:
“We are proud to deliver a premium smartphone experience to customers at a competitive price point. The new Huawei W1 is a great addition to the Windows Phone 8 portfolio of devices in the U.S. with its impressive battery life and availability in Walmart stores.”
The W1 houses a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, with 512 MB memory paired with 4 GB of onboard storage. A 4-inch IPS Gorilla Glass screen, a microSD slot for expandable storage, along with a 5 megapixel shooter at the back round up the specifications.
Pricing details are not yet available, and neither is the exact release date of the Huawei W1 in the United States, but the smartphone is said to be competitively priced with an unlimited 30 day no-contract plan.
However, Huawei is ready to begin a contest on May 15, allowing people to win the smartphone, along with tickets to the Jonas Brothers music tour, which incidentally the company is sponsoring this year.