Microsoft has today announced a low cost Windows phone 8 device in partnership with Huawei, the Huawei Ascend W1. The Ascend W1 is a 4 inch device with a 480 x 800 display, a 1.2 Ghz dual core processor, Qualcomm Snapdragon with 4GB internal storage and 512MB RAM The phoneâ€™s battery is a 1950 mAh Li-Ion The phone will come with custom apps developed for African consumers by Africans. These apps feature a market specific store within the larger Windows phone store for downloading locally relevant apps and content.
The phone will be priced at around $150 or Kshs 13,000. This will make it the cheapest Windows phone device selling in the region.