Microsoft confirms Huawei Ascend W2’s European launch


On the Windows Blog Microsoft has announced that the Huawei Ascend W2 will be coming to Russia and Netherlands this month.

The handset will be available in black, blue, yellow, and red,  and has a unique feature where the colour of the capacitive key backlight changes to match accent colour of the handset.

The smartphone otherwise features a 4.3-inch 800 x 480 WVGA IPS display, 1.4 GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor, 512 MB RAM, 8GB of built-in storage and a micro SD expansion slot. It also has FM radio support and 5 MP camera that supports 720P video recording and playback. The screen also works with gloves, and the handset’s  1700 mAh battery claims up to 16 days standby time.

“We’re excited to build on our partnership with Huawei to launch another unique handset that will delight customers around the globe,” said Terry Myerson, executive vice president of Microsoft’s recently-formed Operating Systems Group.

The low-cost handset will retail for around $280 in Russia and for around 200 Euro in the Netherlands.