Jan 09 AT 11:58 AM Nick Gray 17 Comments

Hands-on Huawei Ascend D2

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While there are a lot of Android-powered devices here at CES, there aren’t many worth writing about. Fortunately for Huawei, the Ascend D2 is impressive enough to impress us. The specs on the Huawei D2 are in line with the latest flagship devices from HTC and Sony, but the design of the device leaves a little to be desired. If you’ve seen the official press shots of the D2, you might think that Huawei’s design team was taking cues from the latest fruit phone. The sad thing is, the D2 would be a much better-looking device if that were true. From afar, there are a few similarities, but you’d have a really hard time trying to confuse the Ascend D2 with the iPhone 5 once you actually pick it up.

Fortunately, the specs are enough to make the Ascend D2 a pretty interesting device. If Huawei can somehow manage to break the mold and deliver a device that can stand out in a crowd, they could easily push some of the big Android OEMs out of the way and steal a huge chunk of of their market share.

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Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. He started HTCsource.com (the first HTC blog) back in 2007 and later joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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  • spazby

    Good specs, would prefer stock android…

  • Robaire

    thanks for the close up of the on screen buttons.I am now absolutely positive this ugly screen wasting piece of crap technology is the worst new technology to be put on phones

    • Daniel Rocha

      Gotta agree. Looks like a pixelated image from the first cell phones designed in color… Awful…

    • LukeT32

      Most phones the buttons disappear during videos/games or can be turned off at any time so you have full use of the screen. It allows the total size of the phone to be smaller and the screen size to be bigger. Just because they failed at making it look right, doesn’t mean the whole technology is flawed. I enjoy it on my Gnex.

      • R.S

        Though you are correct that the on screen buttons disappear during certain times, while they are on, they still use previous screen real estate.

        With capacitive buttons, that would have easily fit in the lower bezel, you wouldn’t have to worry about that.

      • iamXiV92a

        I thought I saw a video somewhere that allowed the user to swipe away the on-screen buttons – THAT would be something cool to implement into a few ROMS

        • crunchybutternut

          There is a feature in some roms (AOKP for one) that allows you to remove it with a power button shortcut.
          Hold the power button and choose “Expand Desktop”.

          You can have it display again by doing the same thing.

    • Pax

      What an intelligent opinion…Only if you were as smart as a dumb phone!!!!!

  • Alec Waddelow

    I think the phone looks like a white galaxy s2. Just my humble opinion

    • h0ruza

      Yes I agree much like many new android phones. The SII sold a lot of units and continues to sell so maybe that is the phone to beat for some manufacturers?

      Whatever their reasons they’ve spec out a powerful phone and I guess we’ll have to wait to see what HTC has to offer if we want a 2013 Android phone to look unique.

  • Thomas Biard

    Awesome, I’ve been waiting for you guys to get your hands on this. Now I want my hands on it as well. This phone is right up my alley. Hopefully it will be easily available to the US markets.

    Does anyone know if it runs on CDMA & GSM? And is it LTE compatible?

  • Co1e

    This is probably completely dumb, but I despise that logo. Enough for it to be a serious deterrent when considering phones.

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  • jonstle

    Nice specs… but is it rootable?

  • renyo

    2 megs of ram? Lol…

  • Nathan D.

    Only like three good phones at ces but this one one of them

  • Jhon

    The only flaw of that phone is that the camera that was used to depict is was a crappy one (perhaps iphone’s). You can’t the see full HD details from that video.