Mid-range smartphone round-up

What can you get for less than 300 euros?


Huawei Ascend W1

The Huwaei Ascend W1 also runs on Windows Phone 8. It has a slightly more powerful SoC, in the shape of the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8230. Like the MSM8227, it has a CPU with two Krait cores, but they're clocked at a faster 1.2 GHz.

Huawei Ascend W1 Black

We saw with the launch of the high-end Ascend P2 Android smartphone during MWC, Huawei likes to have the most powerful product in a segment. That's also the case here. The SunSpider benchmark seems to depend heavily on the CPU, as it has the highest score in this round-up, followed by the other two Windows Phones with Krait cores. The W1 also features NFC, quite rare in this test. Only the LG Optimus L7 and the Nokia Lumia 620 can boast the same.

Huawei Ascend W1 Black

The Ascend W1 looks pretty classy, even if its design is less daring than that of the other two Windows Phone we look at here. If you like conservative that's good, if you want to make a statement, less so. The maximum brightness of the 800x480 display is noticeably lower than that of the other phones, but the 300 candela is still very good, especially considering the great contrast.

Huawei Ascend W1 Black

One of the big advantages of the Huawei Ascend W1 is the price, which Huawei claims will be about 200 euros. Get it in combination with a monthly contract, and it's likely that will be even lower.

We covered the Huawei Ascend W1 in-depth in an earlier review of the three Windows Phone 8 phones.

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