Huawei Ascend W1 will be sold as 4Afrika in Africa

Huawei Ascend W1 will be sold as 4Afrika in Africa

Huawei is piggy-banking on Microsoft’s 4Afrika initiative with plans to offer its Ascend W1 smartphone on the continent as Huawei 4Afrika. As you would imagine, this is the same phone as the original Ascend W1 though it will come with a slightly smaller battery with a capacity of 1,730mAh (instead of 1,950mAh). Rest of the specs are unchanged and include a 4-inch WVGA touchscreen, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 5-megapixel rear camera, front-facing one (for video calls), 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity, 4GB of internal memory and a microSD expansion slot. In addition, it’s worth adding that pre-installed software will include some locally-made apps.

The Huawei 4Afrika will be available in few color options — including blue, red, black and white — in a number of countries like Egypt, Nigeria, Kenya, the Ivory Coast, Angola, Morocco and South Africa by the end of March. Price was not mentioned, though I would say we’re talking about a rather affordable smartphone, one that should help Microsoft grow its market share on the continent.

[Via: Unwired View]

  • Jeremiah O. Agenyi

    Folks kindly excuse some of my use of words…the words nearly almost describe how I feel. If you have had my experience with the ASCEND W1 4AFRIKA, you’d know there’s no need to sound nice or applaud them unnecessarily…they don’t deserve it – not Huawei, not WP8.

    First, nice design and affordable phone too. And that’s as best as you’d get from the device. Every other thing is TROUBLE. LIMITATIONS everywhere.

    Secondly, it is a VERY LOUSY AND FRUSTRATING phone when it comes to memory use. You all at HUAWEI knew what VERY BAD JOB MICROSOFT DID IN WP8 in MEMORY management, yet you went ahead to put a lousy 4GB MEMORY for the phone, when the phone itself uses well over 2GB. It’s either an oversight or it was deliberate to give us some pain for the money we saved buying the phone.

    I have had to reset the phone countless number of times because when the memory is full, a lot of things go mute…THEY DON’T WORK! Push notification stops, apps fail to load, and you know the worst part, you can’t find what’s eating up the memory, so there’s nothing you can do about it…except to RESET THE LOUSY PHONE! And when you reset, you have to do setup for all your apps that need it all over again.

    Depending on the number of apps you’ve got running, I give you a week or 2 for another reset.


    STAY AWAY FROM THIS PHONE. It is not worth it. Whatever you save in CASH, you pay in KIND (peace of mind).

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