winp.cn also report that the handset will be available to buy in November or December and that the handset will have an appearance similar to that of the Android powered Ascend P1/D1. The handset will be sold in Europe, China and the US, with other regions likely to follow at a later date, and will be available in a range of colours (black, white, blue and pink). The pricing of the Ascend W1 is uncertain, but winp.cn say their sources indicate that the handset will be priced competitively and mention a price of 2000 yuan (around £200).
Here's a mock up, created after the first Huawei announcement, of what a Windows Phone powered Huawei Ascend handset might look like (based on the Android powered Huawei D-Quad):
To date only Nokia and Samsung have officially launched their Windows Phone 8 devices. HTC is expected to follow shortly, and with Huawei making their announcement at the end of the month, all of the official launch hardware partners will have shown off hardware, ahead of the official (software) launch of Windows Phone 8. All the launch handsets are expected to become available in November, but availability will vary by market. Other hardware partners, including ZTE and Acer, are expected to launch their own Windows Phone 8 handsets next year.