Huawei Ascend W1 vs. HTC Windows Phone 8S – Review

by Jerry D on February 18, 2013

If you compare the Huawei Ascend W1 and the HTC Windows Phone 8S side-by-side, which one is the smartest? Does the 4.0-inch display on the Ascend W1, crush the one on the Windows Phone 8S? How much onboard storage does it have? How quick is the processor? All of these questions can be resolved by checking the comparison below…

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Huawei Ascend W1 vs. HTC Windows Phone 8S: stat-fight

Here’s how the two phones compare. If you you want more information on any of the technologies that you see mentioned, click on a highlighted term to find out more about it. Or view our FAQs.

Huawei Ascend W1 VS HTC Windows Phone 8S
Display 4.0-inch IPS LCD 4.0-inch S-LCD
Resolution 480 x 800 pixels
(233.25 PPI)
480 x 800 pixels
(233.25 PPI)
Keyboard No No
Processor 1.2GHz dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8230 1GHz dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4
Software Windows Phone 8 Windows Phone 8
Storage 4GB internal, microSD cards up to 32GB 4GB internal, microSD cards up to 32GB
Rear
camera
5.0 Megapixels with autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection and 720p video recording 5.0 Megapixels with autofocus, LED flash, face detection, touch focus, geo-tagging and 720p video recording
Front
camera
Yes, 0.3MP No
4G No No
3G 3G/HSDPA 3G/HSDPA
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR/A2DP 3.1 with A2DP/EDR
Size 63.5 x 124.5 x 10.15mm 63.0 x 120.5 x 10.3mm
Weight 130g 113g
Talktime 10.5 hours TBC
Standby 470 hours TBC
Extras GPS/A-GPS, NFC and an accelerometer GPS/A-GPS, accelerometer, and 7GB free SkyDrive storage

 

Huawei Ascend W1 vs. HTC Windows Phone 8S analysis

You’ve seen the specs for the two phones above. But that doesn’t immediately tell you which one is technically superior. Here’s how this Huawei Ascend W1 vs. HTC Windows Phone 8S fight plays out…

Huawei Ascend W1 vs. HTC Windows Phone 8S – Connectivity

As far as wireless tech is concerned, the Ascend W1 comes with NFC, 3G/HSDPA, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR/A2DP. No 4G, however. The Windows Phone 8S, meanwhile, boasts 3G/HSDPA, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.1 with A2DP/EDR. 4G isn’t included.
— The Ascend W1 wins (1-0)

Huawei Ascend W1 vs. HTC Windows Phone 8S – Size/Weight

Neither of these phones is what you’d call a brick. The Ascend W1 measures 124.5 x 63.5 x 10.15mm, while the Windows Phone 8S is 120.5 x 63.0 x 10.3mm in comparison. Overall, the Ascend W1 is the bigger phone and is beefier than its opponent, weighing 130g. In contrast, the Windows Phone 8S weighs 113g.
— The Windows Phone 8S wins (1-1)

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Huawei Ascend W1 vs. HTC Windows Phone 8S – Camera/Video

Huawei has built the Ascend W1 with a 5.0 Megapixel camera that boasts autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection and 720p video recording. There’s a VGA front camera for making video calls.

The Windows Phone 8S also comes equipped with a 5.0 MP camera along with autofocus, LED flash, face detection, touch focus, geo-tagging and 720p video recording. Despite a good-looking design, there’s no front camera, so you won’t be Skyping or video chatting if you buy this particular phone.
— The Ascend W1 wins (2-1)

Huawei Ascend W1 vs. HTC Windows Phone 8S – Display

Headlining the Huawei Ascend W1 is a 4.0-inch touch-sensitive IPS LCD display with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. The screen has 384000 pixels in total, giving it a rating of 233.25 pixels per inch.

XXXX pointy arrow The Huawei Ascend W1 features a 4.0-inch IPS LCD display with a quoted resolution of 800 x 480 pixels. Its Pixels Per Inch (PPI) rating is 233.25.

The touch-sensitive S-LCD screen on the Windows Phone 8S is the same size. The screen resolution matches that of the Ascend W1. Do the math again and the pixels per inch (PPI) rating of this screen is also 233.25. It’s a dead heat in this round.
— It’s a tie, one point to each phone (3-2)

Huawei Ascend W1 vs. HTC Windows Phone 8S – Processor

Assessing the CPUs, we find that the Ascend W1′s core uses a 1.2GHz dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8230 chip, while the Windows Phone 8S uses a slightly slower dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, rated at 1GHz.
— The Ascend W1 wins (4-2)

Half-time: Huawei Ascend W1 vs. HTC Windows Phone 8S

At this halfway stage, the Ascend W1 leads by 4-2, a 2-point advantage. There are five more rounds to go. Can the Windows Phone 8S turn this around?

Huawei Ascend W1 vs. HTC Windows Phone 8S – Software

— It’s a tie, each phone gets a point (5-3)

Huawei Ascend W1 vs. HTC Windows Phone 8S – Applications

— It’s a tie, the two phones share the points (6-4)

Huawei Ascend W1 vs. HTC Windows Phone 8S – Storage

— It’s a tie, one point to each phone (7-5)

Huawei Ascend W1 vs. HTC Windows Phone 8S – Battery Life

We can’t score this round until we have full talk and standby time information for both phones.
— Tie. The Ascend W1 and the Windows Phone 8S share the points (8-6)

Huawei Ascend W1 vs. HTC Windows Phone 8S – Extras

Finally, the Ascend W1 also includes GPS/A-GPS, NFC and an accelerometer. In comparison, the Windows Phone 8S features GPS/A-GPS, accelerometer, and 7GB free SkyDrive storage.

— Another tie. Points all-round! (9-7)

BPF Verdict: The Huawei Ascend W1 wins! (9-7)

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