BY | December 29, 2012

Chinese vendor Huawei’s first Windows Phone 8 handset the Ascend W1 is slated for the first quarter 2013 launch. Huawei is to become the fourth mobile maker to release a Windows Phone 8 device. Earlier, Nokia, HTC and Samsung surfaced their products. The Ascend W1 is not a higher-end phone; it is a basic device with meager specs and features. We put the W1 for a comparison with the Lumia 620, the recently announced lower-end version of Nokia’s new Lumia lineup for Windows Phone 8.

Display Screen: The handsets are much competitive in features when it comes to display screen. Both the handsets mount TFT capacitive displays with the same 400 x 800-pixel resolutions. The Ascend W1 has a bit larger 4-inch screen, while the Lumia 620 has a 3.8-inch panel respectively with 233-ppi and 246-ppi pixel densities. Nokia has made use of its advanced ClearBlack technology for the display.

Processor: The basic Lumia handset is loaded with a 1GHz dual core CPU with a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 chipset inside. It gets additional power from 512MB of RAM and Adreno 305 graphical processor. Almost the same innards are inside the Ascend W1 also. But, it is a bit more powerful with a 1.2GHz dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, 512MB of RAM and an Adreno 225 graphical processor.

Storage: The Lumia 620 packs 8GB of internal memory, while its Huawei rival has only 4GB as built-in storage. Both the devices sport microSD slots that can support memory cards up to 64GB. Plus, the devices offer free SkyDrive cloud storage. There may be a notable change in prices of the devices based on the internal memory capacity. Yes, Ascend W1 may be far cheaper than its Lumia alterative.

Camera: Both the Windows Phone 8 budget phones have the same camera specifications. They mount 5MP rear cameras with advanced features like autofocus, LED flash and geo-tagging. The handsets can capture video at 720p and images at a nice clarity. The 620 has a VGA camera for video chatting, while Huawei is yet to declare the type of its front camera.

Connectivity: The Nokia and Huawei handsets are slated to come with all essential options for network connectivity. You can connect the devices with cellular services for data via GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA and HSUPA. They also share features like Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and microUSB port. But, the Nokia phone also has NFC as a highlighted feature.

Battery: The Lumia 620 packs a Li-Ion 1300 mAh battery, while Ascend W1 is equipped with a more powerful 2000 mAh battery. For sure, the Huawei phone will be doing well in battery life.

Price and Availability: Huawei is yet to officially announce its Windows Phone 8 handset. It may happen early next year at one of the upcoming tech trade shows – CES or MWC. When it comes to the Lumia 620, it has been officially announced. It is set to come to market for a price around $300 SIM free. Indeed, it is an affordable Windows handset with such a price. Yet, let us hope that Huawei will be selling its WP 8 handset for a price lower than the $300 mark.

Verdict
It is anyway difficult to find a winner in this comparison. Both the devices have almost the same specs and capabilities. They are affordable phones with Windows Phone 8, the fresh version of Microsoft’s mobile firmware. Price will be the only thing that will make the device unique. Maybe, the Ascend W1 will come for a lower price than the $300 of Lumia 620.

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  • Herman van der Blom

    You could say that the plus for the W1 is the bigger battery and the plus for the Nokia is its unique Software (PhotoBeamer, CityLens, Lenses and Drive+). The price wont be much different I think on both SmartPhones. So I would say pick what matters most.