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Huawei Launches Its First Windows Phone 8 Smartphone

Las Vegas — Chinese cellphone supplier Huawei added its name to the growing list of suppliers offerings smartphones based on the Windows Smartphone 8 OS.

The Ascend W1 will be available in China and Russia this month, followed by the U.S., Eastern Europe, Middle East and other countries at unspecified times.

The handset features a 4-inch 480 by 800 IPS LCD display with low reflectivity and full lamination technology to provide high visibility under any lighting condition, the company said. It runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-core 1.2GHz processor and Adreno 305 GPU.

The 10.15mm-thick phone comes with 1,950 mAh battery to deliver 470 hours of standby time. It will be available in a variety of colors.

Additional product details were unavailable.

Terry Myerson, corporate VP of Microsoft’s Windows Phone division, said the handset would further expand Microsoft’s device portfolio “to new locations and price points.”