As bullish as Huawei is about its prospects in the Android world and the potential to challenge the likes of Samsung or HTC, as modest the company’s first Windows Phone efforts look. But the world needs budget-friendly cute little handhelds too, so maybe the Ascend W2 has a hit potential after all.

Huawei Ascend W2 Huawei Ascend W2 makes a surprise apperance in Shanghai, modest specs in tow

Following on the footsteps of the entry-level W1, this fellow has been making the rumor rounds ever since April, being for a long time tipped as a high-ender or at least a solid mid-ranger with a comfy 4.5-inch panel.

But alas, that doesn’t seem to be the case, as the Ascend W2 has made its first public appearance at Shanghai’s Mobile Asia Expo hours ago, complete with a list of features. Not only is the screen smaller than expected, at 4.3 inches, but it also boasts a meager 800 x 480 pixels resolution.

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That’s actually the same res as W1’s panel, which due to being smaller came with a higher ppi. Not the greatest start of them all, but at least the processor’s upgrade can’t be challenged. The W2 packs a yet to be detailed 1.4 GHz dual-core chip, whereas the W1 came with a 1.2 GHz Qualcomm MSM8230 in tow.

The amount of RAM is the same mediocre 512 MB, but another indisputable upgrade is the doubling of the on-board storage, from 4 to 8 gigs. We’re guessing there will be microSD support also, while pretty much all of the other features are for now kept under wraps.

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In terms of design, the W2 looks a little more “premium” than its predecessor, rocking a slimmer body (9.9 mm in depth) and offering the same wide palette of playful colors, including yellow and red.

As you might imagine, the pricing and availability details are non-existent, but all shall be revealed in due time. Stay tuned!

Via [WP Central] and [Weibo]