Leaked Huawei presentation slide hints at plans for different tiers of Windows Phone modelsAlex Wagner - Senior News Editor
Huawei has released its fair share of Android phones in the past, but the company only recently got into the Windows Phone game with the Ascend W1. The Ascend W1 may not be Huawei's lone Windows Phone for long, though, as a leaked presentation slide may have revealed Huawei's future plans for Microsoft's platform. According to an image posted by Dutch site AllAboutPhones, Huawei is planning to offer smartphones that fall into four different categories: Youth (entry-level), Gold (mid-range), Platinum (mid-range to high-end) and Diamond (high-end). While all of the categories contain an image of an Android phone, the last three also have a label that reads "WP8" behind them. The slide appears to have come from a presentation about the launch of Huawei's Ascend W1 in the Netherlands.
Obviously this image doesn't offer much in the way of hard information about the Windows Phone 8 products that Huawei plans to offer, but it's good to see another manufacturer backing the platform, especially with the promise of Diamond-level high-end phones to come. A Huawei executive did tease at CES last month that his company is planning a WP8 device that'll be similar to the Android-powered Ascend Mate and its 6.1-inch display, so people that are fans of Windows Phone and huge handsets have that to look forward to.
The Ascend Mate isn't the only well-specced Android phone that Huawei has introduced lately, as the company has also debuted the Ascend D2 with a 5-inch 1080p screen. With devices like those, it'll definitely be interesting to see what kind of high-end Windows Phones that it can churn out, though it's worth noting that WP8 only supports resolutions up to 1280x720 or 1280x768 for now. The good news is that with Mobile World Congress going down later this month, we may not have to wait long to see what Huawei is capable of.