After launching its first Windows Phone 8 smartphone, the W1, at CES this month, Huawei is rumored to launch its second Windows Phone 8 handset at next month’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Expected to be called the W2, it would be a high-end smartphone, unlike the entry-level W1. Its calling card would be its 7.7mm thin profile, the slimmest Windows Phone 8 device to date, WMpoweruser reports.
Huawei has said it will launch two smartphones at MWC, one of which could be the W2 and the other could be another Windows Phone 8 device with a massive 6.1-inch display just like the Ascend Mate Android smartphone the company announced at CES.
The W2 is rumored to have a 4.5-inch HD display with super touch sensitivity, just like the Nokia Lumia 920. Other specifications could include 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage and a huge 2,800mAh battery. The report indicates a selling price of $515 or approximately Rs 28,000, which would undercut both the Lumia 920 and HTC 8X.
Huawei aspires to become a tier-one smartphone brand and be counted among the likes of Samsung, Apple, Nokia and HTC among others. However, its Chinese roots and OEM history come in the way, something the company is trying to overcome. While 2013 seems unlikely as being Huawei’s coming out party, it surely is on course for breaking into the top next year.