Huawei is offering its Ascend W1 smartphone launched in January 2012 as Huawei 4Afrika, as part of its support for the Microsoft 4Afrika initiative which attempts to push Windows Phone sales in Africa, as well as have regional, locally-relevant apps developed for Africa.
The Huawei 4Afrika smartphone comes with a 4-inch WVGA touchscreen, a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Play MSM8230 chip set, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 5-megapixel rear camera and 0.3 megapixel front-facing one (for video calls), 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity, 4GB of internal memory and a microSD expansion slot, with a battery capacity of 1,730mAh.
It runs on Windows Phone 7.8 and would also come pre-installed with locally-made apps such as Channels TV for news related content and iROKOtv for entertainment related content.
The Huawei 4Afrika will be available in few colour options — including blue, red, black and white — in a number of countries such as Egypt, Nigeria, Kenya, the Ivory Coast, Angola, Morocco and South Africa.
Although there’s no official word on pricing yet, we gathered that it would be a very affordable smartphone with one source revealing to Techloy that it could cost less than $180 (about N28,000).
It is expected to be available by the end of March and could help Microsoft grow its OS market share on the continent, amidst stiff competition from Android.