By Sumit Passary | Sep 23, 2012 12:49 PM EDT
The Chinese telecommunication equipment maker Huawei is all set to launch its smartphone, which runs on the Windows Phone 8 (WP8) operating system.
Earlier in June this year, at the Microsoft Phone Summit, Redmond-based Microsoft announced that it will have four initial launch partners for its WP8 devices coming this holiday season. Samsung, Nokia, and HTC have already launched their flagship WP8 devices; only one more company is left to announce the WP8 handset and that is newcomer Huawei.
Chinese Web site WinP.cn, citing unnamed sources, claimed that Huwaei is set to announce its WP8 smartphone line-up on Sept. 25. One of the smartphones the site states will be called the Ascend W1.
"The Huawei CEO Yu Chengdong just in Sina microblogging publicly said that Huawei glory of the upcoming release of the three Android platform terminal Ascend P2, Ascend D2, and the long awaited Windows Phone device Ascend W1!," noted the Chinese site (translated).
Additionally, Gang He, President of Huawei's Consumer Business Group, was spotted holding the Ascend W1 during Huawei's open day. What's more, Cheng Dong Yu, CEO of Huawei's Consumer Business Group, confirmed the device's name on a Chinese microblogging site called Sina Weibo.
Features and specification details of the Ascend W1 smartphone are not yet known. However, the device will allegedly come in four color variants: black, white, pink, and blue, which is in keeping with the WP8 handset trend set by both Nokia and HTC.
The Ascend W1 is expected to be priced competitively and will likely hit the shelves in U.S., China, and Euope by either November or December 2012.
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