Huawei took to the stage today at Mobile World Congress, unveiling the Huawei Ascend D quad which they claim is the world fastest smartphone. The Ascend D quad is the first phone running on Huawei’s new K3V2 quad-core processor which is clocked at 1.5 GHz. Not much is known about the K3 processor except that Huawei claims it is 49 percent faster than the worlds current fastest smartphones and features a 16 core GPU. The phone’s other specs include a 4.5-inch 720p HD display (330 ppi), 1GB of RAM, 5.1 Dolby Digital surround sound, 1800mAh battery and a 8.9mm thick body.The Huawei Ascend D quad will be running on Android 4.0 and will also feature an 8-megapixel BSI rear-facing camera, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera and 1080p full HD video-capture.
The Ascend D quad is also joined by the Ascend D quad XL which features identical specifications to the original except for its 2500mAh battery which should give the phone 2 to 3 days of battery life. The more budget conscious consumer will be able to pick up the Huawei Ascend D1 which features a dual-core processor, 1670mAh battery and all the same specs as the Ascend D quad.
All three Huawei Ascend D smartphones will be available in China, Australia, Europe, Asia-Pacific, North and South America, and the Middle East during the second quarter of this year, though the Ascend D1 will make it to market as early as April.
Huawei is in the process of redefining its brand and has been compared to the Hyundai of the smartphone segment quite a bit in the past few months. How many of you are willing to take a bit of a risk and buy a Huawei phone this year?
Update: It turns out that Huawei has created a real Ascend D quad clad Pegasus to match the digital version that’s found in the video above. The video below shows the making of the smartphone clad statue which will be on display at Huawei’s boot hat Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week. The Ascend D quad Pegasus which took 720 man hours to construct is 5.7 meters tall, has a wing span of 4.8 meters made from 600 meters of iron rod and is covered with 3500 phones. Our conservative estimate of $500 per phone would give the Ascend D quad Pegasus a value of $1,750,000. Impressive.Show Press Release
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.