Nokia Lumia 520 vs Huawei Ascend W1 for India


We like to keep our many readers in India informed about new devices set to launch in the country, and today we have news about the Huawei Ascend W1. This phone is due to release in India shortly, and we believe it’s a natural rival for the popular Nokia Lumia 520. Therefore we thought we’d take a look at the Nokia Lumia 520 vs. Huawei Ascend W1 for India.

Both of these are Windows Phone OS handsets, and although there is no precise release date for the Huawei Ascend W1 in India, the fact that Huawei India now lists it on its website as “upcoming” is a sign that it will release very soon. A Huawei executive recently discussed a new Windows Phone smartphone that would release in India at around Rs. 10,000 some time in August, so it seems likely that the Huawei Ascend W1 is about to land.

We’ll give you some of the major specs for the Lumia 520 and Ascend W1 to give you an idea of what they offer. The Lumia 520 is powered by a 1GHz Qualcomm dual-core processor, has a 4-inch display with resolution of 800 x 480 and 233 ppi, 512MB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage, expandable via micro SD to 64GB.

The Lumia 520 also has a 5-megapixel rear camera with autofocus and 720p video capture (no secondary camera), a 1430 mAh battery and runs Windows Phone 8, upgradable to WP8 Amber. Dimensions are 119.9mm x 64mm x 9.9mm and it weighs 124g.


Moving on to the Huawei Ascend W1, this has a 1.2GHz Qualcomm dual-core processor, 4-inch display with resolution of 800 x 480 and 233 ppi, 512MB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage, expandable via microSD to 32GB.

The Ascend W1 has a 5-megapixel rear camera with autofocus, LED flash and 720p video capture, a VGA front-facing camera, 1950 mAh battery and runs Windows Phone 8. Dimensions are 124.5mm x 63.7mm x 10mm and it weighs 130g.

As you can tell from the specs, there are a lot of similarities between these two smartphones, such as the display sizes and resolutions, RAM, and not a lot of difference in processor power. However, the Lumia 520 does offer more internal memory although it doesn’t have a secondary camera.

There’s likely to be a lot of competition between the Nokia Lumia 520 and Huawei Ascend W1 when it releases in India, and as soon as we hear more on the release details for the Ascend W1 we’ll give you that information. While we wait to hear more we’d like to hear from our readers in India about the choice between these two phones. Would you prefer the Lumia 520 or Ascend W1? Please do send us your comments about this.


8 thoughts on “Nokia Lumia 520 vs Huawei Ascend W1 for India”

    1. Milmor says:

      Calm down… Huawei has a front camera, +20% cpu power, 1950mah battery and flash (useful also like a torch). Nokia Lumia 520 lacks of these basic requirements. You could be a sort of Nokia fanboy, but when choosing which one to buy, Huawei would give you a better experience. Huawei quality? Good, exactly like Nokia. At least with the W1 you will have a COMPLETE entry-level phone.

        1. Milmor says:

          I’ve had 2 nokia in the past and one Huawei…
          I’ve choosen this phone just because it has more functions 😛 The brand doesn’t make me happy, functions do!

          1. domi1kenobi says:

            A lot of the extra functionality in WP8 is made by Nokia – a lot of things you will miss. On top of that Nokia gets the updates first and has the best relationship with MS. Everything comes with a price.

  1. mobi says:

    Nokia Lumia 520. Huawei, LG, and Samsung are cheap copy-cats. I threw away my Samsung Galaxy after it repeatedly frooze during incoming calls.

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