Huawei Ascend W1 vs. Nokia Lumia 920 – Review

by Jerry D on February 17, 2013

If you compare the Huawei Ascend W1 and the Nokia Lumia 920 side-by-side, which one is the best? Is the 4.0-inch screen on the Ascend W1 superior to the 4.5-inch display on the Lumia 920? How fast is the dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8230 processor inside? How do the Lumia 920’s dimensions compare? All of these questions are answered in the side-by-side comparison below.

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Huawei Ascend W1 vs. Nokia Lumia 920: 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 Nokia Lumia 920
Display 4.0-inch IPS LCD 4.5-inch IPS ClearBlack LCD
Resolution 480 x 800 pixels
(233.25 PPI)
768 x 1280 pixels
(331.778 PPI)
Keyboard No No
Processor 1.2GHz dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8230 1.5GHz dual core Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon
Software Windows Phone 8 Windows Phone 8
Storage 4GB internal, microSD cards up to 32GB 32GB internal, no expansion slot
Rear
camera
5.0 Megapixels with autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection and 720p video recording 8.0 Megapixels with autofocus, dual LED flash, Carl Zeiss optics, PureView technology, touch focus, image stabilization and 1080p video recording
Front
camera
Yes, 0.3MP Yes, 1.3MP
4G No LTE
3G 3G/HSDPA 3G/HSDPA
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR/A2DP 3.1 with A2DP and EDR
Size 63.5 x 124.5 x 10.15mm 70.8 x 130.3 x 10.7mm
Weight 130g 185g
Talktime 10.5 hours 10.0 hours
Standby 470 hours 400 hours
Extras GPS/A-GPS, NFC and an accelerometer GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot and free SkyDrive storage

 

Huawei Ascend W1 vs. Nokia Lumia 920 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. Nokia Lumia 920 fight plays out…

Huawei Ascend W1 vs. Nokia Lumia 920 – Connectivity

The wireless talents of the Ascend W1 include NFC, 3G/HSDPA, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi And Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR/A2DP. There’s no 4G connectivity. In comparison, the Lumia 920 features NFC, 3G/HSDPA, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi And Bluetooth 3.1 with A2DP and EDR. It also supports 4G.
— The Lumia 920 wins (0-1)

Huawei Ascend W1 vs. Nokia Lumia 920 – Size/Weight

How do our fighters measure up To each other? The Ascend W1 and the Lumia 920 measure 124.5 x 63.5 x 10.15mm and 130.3 x 70.8 x 10.7mm respectively. Overall the Lumia 920 is the bigger phone. Tipping the scales at 185g, the Lumia 920 is weightier than its opponent. The Ascend W1 weighs 130g.
— The Ascend W1 wins (1-1)

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Huawei Ascend W1 vs. Nokia Lumia 920 – Camera/Video

The Ascend W1′s camera boasts a 5.0 Megapixel resolution. Frills include autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection and 720p video recording. The highest resolution it supports is 2592 x 1944 pixels.

The 8.0 Megapixel camera on the Lumia 920 easily outclasses Huawei’s technology. It supports a max resolution of 3264 x 2448 and also includes autofocus, a dual LED flash, Carl Zeiss optics, PureView technology, touch focus, image stabilization and 1080p video recording. Another 1.3 Megapixel camera located on the front is ideal for video calls.
— The Lumia 920 wins (1-2)

Huawei Ascend W1 vs. Nokia Lumia 920 – Display

As for screen size, the Huawei Ascend W1 features a 4.0-inch (480 x 800) touch-sensitive IPS LCD display. The resulting pixel density of this handset is 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.

Measuring 4.5 inches, Lumia 920′s touch-sensitive IPS ClearBlack LCD screen is bigger. With 983040 pixels on the 4.5-inch screen, the pixel density is a formidable 331.778 pixels per inch.
— The Lumia 920 wins (1-3)

Huawei Ascend W1 vs. Nokia Lumia 920 – Processor

Comparing the processors, the Lumia 920 uses a dual core Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon processor, rated at 1.5GHz. The Ascend W1′s core is a 1.2GHz dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8230 chip.
— The Lumia 920 wins (1-4)

Half-time: Huawei Ascend W1 vs. Nokia Lumia 920

At this halfway stage, the Lumia 920 leads by 4-1, a 3-point advantage. With five more rounds to go, can the Huawei phone turn this around?

Huawei Ascend W1 vs. Nokia Lumia 920 – Software

— It’s a tie, each phone gets a point (2-5)

Huawei Ascend W1 vs. Nokia Lumia 920 – Applications

— It’s a tie, the two phones share the points (3-6)

Huawei Ascend W1 vs. Nokia Lumia 920 – Storage

— It’s a tie, one point to each phone (4-7)

Huawei Ascend W1 vs. Nokia Lumia 920 – Battery Life

Actual talktime and standby performance will vary. But Huawei claims 10.5 hours of talktime for the Ascend W1, compared to 10.0 hours for the Lumia 920. Standby times are 470 hours and 400 hours respectively. 
— It’s a tie, a point to each phone (5-8)

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Note: The Standby time specification is an industry standard that is only intended to allow comparison of different mobile phones under the same circumstances. Power consumption in a standby state is strongly dependent on factors including: network, settings, location, movement, signal strength and cell traffic.

Huawei Ascend W1 vs. Nokia Lumia 920 – Extras

Finally, the Ascend W1 also includes GPS/A-GPS, NFC and an accelerometer. In comparison, the Lumia 920 features GPS/A-GPS, NFC, accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot and free SkyDrive storage

— The Lumia 920 wins (5-9)

BPF Verdict: The Nokia Lumia 920 wins! (5-9)

The Nokia Lumia 920 wins this match-up. It beats the Huawei Ascend W1, taking 5 of the 10 rounds available, drawing 3 and losing 2.
You can see where the fight was won – the Lumia 920 has the best connectivity, a superb 8.0 Megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics and a dual LED flash, plus an incredible 4.5-inch 768 x 1280 pixel display. Go Nokia!

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