The Huawei W1, Huawei’s first Windows Phone 8 smartphone, will go on sale at Walmart’s online and retail stores later this month.

Huawei didn’t disclose pricing information other than to say the phone would be priced competitively and will use a no-contract, pre-paid mobile plan. It’s the first time the phone has been offered in the U.S. Overseas, the phone is known as the Ascend W1 and is popular among price-savvy smartphone buyers.

“The Huawei W1 brings consumers a truly compelling alternative to what’s currently in the marketplace,” said Michael Chuang, a spokesman for Huawei.

The W1 comes in black, and has a 4-inch 480x800 LCD display with Gorilla Glass, a speedy dual-core 1.2 GHz Snapdragon processor, a 5MP rear-facing camera that captures 720p video, and 1.7 GB of user-available internal storage (expandable to 32GB via microSD card).

To read more about the W1, including its “secret weapon” of battery life, visit the Windows Phone blog. And keep an eye on the Huawei’s website for more details about the phone and its U.S. rollout.

Jennifer Warnick
Microsoft News Center Staff