Huawei intros Ascend D quad with 4.5-inch 720p display, quad-core processorAlex Wagner - Senior News Editor
We expect to see a number of new devices unveiled at Mobile World Congress over the next few days, and today Huawei has unveiled some of its newest Android-powered offerings at the big show. The main attraction here is the Huawei Ascend D quad, which is powered by Huawei's own K3V2 quad-core processor that's clocked at 1.2GHz/1.5GHz. The Ascend D quad also features a 4.5-inch 720p touchscreen, 8-megapixel rear camera, 1.3-megapixel front-facing shooter, Dolby 5.1 surround sound, and an 1,800mAh battery powering the 8.9mm thick device. Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is also included.
Along with the Ascend D quad, Huawei also introduced the Ascend D quad XL and Ascend D1. The Ascend D quad XL features the same specs as the D quad, but packs in a larger 2,500mAh battery that bumps up its thickness to 10.9mm. Meanwhile, the Ascend D1 includes a 1.5GHz dual-core processor and a 1,670mAh battery. Huawei says that the Ascend D1 will be landing in China, Australia, Europe, Asia-Pacific, North and South America and the Middle East in April 2012, while the Ascend D quad series will be hitting those markets in a more vague Q2 2012 window.
Huawei's new Ascend D quad looks like it's got several of the features that'll appeal to folks in the market for a high-end Android device, including a 720p display and quad-core processor. It's good to hear that the folks at Huawei are planning to roll out the Ascend D quad devices to so many markets around the globe, and with North America included on the list, we hope that the D quad will eventually make its way to a U.S. carrier. You can find the press release from Huawei announcing its new handsets down below.
Huawei Introduces the World's Fastest Smartphone: The Ascend D quad
With Huawei's proprietary quad-core chip and power management system
BARCELONA, Spain, Feb. 26, 2012 /CNW/ - Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, today introduced the world's fastest quad-core smartphone, the Huawei Ascend D quad. Powered by the Huawei's K3V2 quad-core 1.2GHz/1.5GHz processor and boasting the most compact design among 4.5-inch smartphones, the Ascend D quad expands the realm of possibilities for consumers with an Android 4.0 operating system and Huawei's proprietary power management system which provides up to 30% in energy savings.
"We've listened to people's top demands from smartphones: speed, long-battery life, high quality visual and audio capabilities, and a compact, lightweight handset. The Huawei Ascend D quad exceeds these expectations," said Richard Yu, Chairman of Huawei Device. "In January at the Consumer Electronics Show at Las Vegas, we achieved a world record for the world's slimmest smartphone with the Huawei Ascend P1 S. We are proud to once again introduce a world-first at the 2012 Mobile World Congress with the Ascend D quad, the fastest smartphone."
The Ascend D quad is an entertainment dynamo with its 4.5-inch 720P high definition touchscreen, and the industry's most powerful 32-bit true color graphic processor. Its PPI 330 screen providing crystal clear display even under direct sunlight, is complemented by its Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound and Audience earSmart™ voice technology for an experience which excels across the senses. Its 8-megapixel BSI rear-facing camera, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera, and 1080p full HD video-capture and playback capabilities enables you to record your special moments in clearer, richer detail.
The Ascend D quad comes with an 1800mAh battery, which lasts for one to two days with normal usage. The smartphone's prowess is enhanced by Huawei Device's proprietary power management technology which provides a longer battery life of up to 30% compared to industry average by adjusting power consumption according to usage needs. It also ensures higher chipset performance and efficiency by maintaining a low chip temperature.
Measuring 64mm narrow and 8.9mm slim, the Ascend D quad is proof that good things do come in small packages. With an ultra-thin frame, the lightweight and compact smartphone's 4.5-inch touchscreen seems to vanish into the edge, creating an "infinity" feel and allowing an exceptionally narrow body.
In addition to innovative hardware design, the Ascend D quad also has outstanding software design. In addition to its Android 4.0 operating system, the Ascend D quad optimizes the user experience, ensuring greater ease of use.
As part of the Ascend D series, Huawei also introduced the Ascend D quad XL and the Ascend D1 smartphones. The Ascend D quad XL comes with a 2500mAh battery which provides two to three days of normal usage. With the same specifications as the Ascend D quad, the Ascend D quad XL measures 10.9 mm slim. The Ascend D1 runs on a 1.5 GHz dual-core CPU and has a 1670mAh battery.
The Ascend D quad series will be available in China, Australia, Europe, Asia-Pacific, North and South America, and the Middle East in Q2 2012. The Ascend D1 will be available in the above markets from April 2012.