The Huawei Ascend W1, that company’s first Windows Phone, has just been re-announced and rebranded for sale in Africa. The device will be known on that continent as the Huawei 4Afrika.
That’s not random either. 4Afrika is a Microsoft initiative trying to get Windows Phone sales rolling in Africa, as well as have regional apps developed, apps that are tailored to that continent. The Huawei 4Afrika will be sold with those apps preinstalled. There will also be a Store in a Store on the phone, where Africans will be able to download and install even more apps made by Africans for Africans.
The Huawei 4Afrika is almost identical in terms of specs to the Ascend W1. The only difference is that for some reason the battery capacity is down to 1,730 mAh from 1,950 mAh. Otherwise, you’ll find the same 4-inch 480×800 touchscreen, the dual-core 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, the 5 MP rear camera with 720p HD video recording, the front-facing camera, the 4 GB of built-in storage, the microSD card slot, 3G support, and Windows Phone 8 of course.
The Huawei 4Afrika will become available in blue, red, black, and white in Egypt, Nigeria, Kenya, the Ivory Coast, Angola, Morocco, and South Africa towards the end of March. We have no idea how much it will cost just yet, but obviously we expect it to be pretty affordable. We’ll keep you posted.