Feb 26 AT 11:11 AM Nick Gray 37 Comments

Huawei announces the Ascend D quad, Ascend D quad XL and Ascend D1


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.

huawei_ascend_d_quad huawei_ascend_d_quad (1) huawei_ascend_d_quad (2) huawei_ascend_d_quad (3) huawei_ascend_d_quad (4) huawei_ascend_d_quad (5) huawei_ascend_d_quad_video_1 huawei_ascend_d_quad_video_2 huawei_ascend_d_quad_video_3 huawei_ascend_d_quad_video_4 huawei_ascend_d_quad_video_5 huawei_ascend_d_quad_video_6 huawei_ascend_d_quad_video_7

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
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 earSmartâ„¢ 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.

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. Nick joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

    Most Tweeted This Week

  • Alex Pitts

    It seems interesting, and I’m not against a new company as it can only do good to shake up the market and competition, but I don’t have the cash to risk my phone being a dud. I’m pretty much bound to my two year upgrades so I would have to wait for plenty of feedback on here and other sites.

    • Jeff Pan

      The more the number of competitors, better for the consumer.

    • msgnyc

      Huawei is far from being a new company. They’ve been around since ’87.

      from wiki
      “It is the largest China-based networking and telecommunications equipment supplier and the second-largest supplier of mobile telecommunications infrastructure equipment in the world (after Ericsson)”

  • spazby

    With these specs, what is not to like. I would consider it if available and priced well.

    • http://mihai.discuta-liber.com/ tmihai20

      The presentation left me breathless. The Pegasus statue is really impressive. Welcome, Huawei! The phones have really good specs. I love the design, they have come a long way from the simple phones they used to make. If the quad-core, top of the line, will be around 500 USD, then they will rock :)

  • Dirge

    Hm, they sound too good to be true. D:

    But as always, I’ll wait for reviews to pop up. I wonder if there will be CDMA versions of these phones.

  • AsakuraZero

    the D1 should be a dual core processor right? i would love to see thet pricing of those phones an the overall performance of the new chip, because they look good

    • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

      you are correct. Thanks for pointing it out. We’re waiting to see some more benchmark numbers from these phones to see if they truly are the worlds fastest phones.

      • AsakuraZero

        i dont believe much in benchmarks, smoothness in UI and in games will say better imo

  • http://youtube.com/user/jawckamoe Marcus

    These phones have amazing specs. Its great to see Huawei getting up there as a manufacturer. I can’t wait to see how these phones do when people get a hold of them!

    • zerosix

      And just to prove it’s amazingness:
      4.5-inch 720p HD display (330 ppi)
      That is a bit bigger, than Apple’s 326 ppi:)

  • Chris Lewis

    nice phone, slightly creepy commercial..

    • Lekz

      Creepy? I thought it was awesome

  • Nate B.

    Omgosh! Idk how, but I forgot about the announcements today. I’ve been so caught up in work and school. I’m thankful for Androidandme, Engadget, MobuleBurn, & the other mobile tech sites.I’ll have follow up in Twitter. You guys are my favorite.

  • GRAW

    I want a flying horse :(

  • Panatella

    Woa! If Huawei plays their cards right, this company will be amongst the top contenders in the field. They have a history in wireless en thus have a big bag of money.
    Teasing with these kind of specs in a phone that is this nice.. i mean.. woa! if they keep on top of their game, i might take huawei in consideration for my next phone!

  • jamal adam

    The Huawei Ascend D quad has officially descended to earth. Looks goooood!!!

  • MoSDeeb

    New high end phones entering the market sounds great to me. Will need to see this in person if it makes it way to the states.

  • sunrise

    Huawei is making their own 64bit quad core CPU included with a 16 core GPU. Let’s get this in the hands of reviewers to see if it lives up to Huawei’s self proclaimed hype. I hope it does, competition is fantastic.

  • R.S

    I know white phones tend to get hated on but I’m really liking it.

  • revs

    wow anyone els agree that huawei TOTALLY SHIT ON HTC AT MWC????

    i mean wow these phones have way better specs and look 5 times better than that crap htc rolled out
    wtf happend to htc ?

  • aranea

    Wow! 16 core gpu and 4 core cpu!

  • mustybooks

    Really want to see how this matches up to tegra 3 devices. Huawei producing a quad-core cpu.

    Looking like a quality device and that pegasus is amazing!

    • Tonomnom

      The benchmarks have been done already…
      It is the fastest.
      Far quicker than the Tegra-3.

  • UMA Fan

    I hope the Acend D quad is the rumoured Huawei Prism on T-Mobile

  • cthonctic

    The phone has nice specs but a rather unoriginal industrial design, still attractive enough for a highend device though.

    I reall did love watching the pegasus making-of, thanks for bringing us that. :)

  • Hall Lo

    This is indeed surprising. Can’t wait to see how good it can perform! :D

  • CJ LaFleur

    Huawei has produced a very tempting offer but i am not quite yet ready to convert from ssmsung. I will have to pass in favor of the galaxy s3. It will supposedly have at least a 1.8ghz quad core cpu and a top of the line screen. I can wait a lityle extra time for a little more. However i see huawei competing with samsung soon enough. Then i’ll be willing to switch.

  • aranea

    By the way does anyone know if it’s going to stock Android or do they a custom UI too?

  • Nathan D.

    Is this really faster?

  • Richard Yarrell

    Gotta say what a present surprise. Gotta like the new comer on this level these devices pass the look good and sound good stage. Now let’s see something substantial like a review from from a legit source stating that this is the fastest performing smartphone device on the market. Great to see another possible option for android lovers.

    • squiddy20

      Gotta say, what a “pleasant” surprise you don’t know how to spell. I also think it’s incredibly hilarious that a little over a month ago you stated “What is a Huawei never heard of it. Galaxy Nexus pimp slaps this wanna be ics device” in reference to the Ascend P1 LTE, and here you are blabbering about how “great” a Huawei product is. What a two-faced fool.

      • Richard Yarrell

        As usual we all know these new minted devices will never be something you will purchase. It must be pretty sad to know that you will never have anything worth wild but some USELESS 5 year old laptop and crappy Samsung Moment. Your so funny I love coming here just to read your USELESS BABBLE…..

        • squiddy20

          Haha again with the misspellings? I guess you’ll never learn. I don’t know how something can be “worth wild”, but I do know things that are “worth while”. Please you can’t even make a comment without misspelling SOMETHING, don’t insult me about being “useless”.
          And as usual, you assume that just because I own a “useless” Samsung Moment now, MUST mean that I won’t be getting a new phone ever, which is incredibly faulty reasoning and utterly stupid of you to think that. It’s called being on a 2 year contract Dick. Ever heard of it? By the way, my contract with Sprint ends in a little over 2 months, at which time I’ll upgrade to the “latest and greatest” Sprint has to offer.
          Also, my “useless 5 year old laptop” (which is actually a 2.5 year old MacBook Pro), would STILL run circles around your “bitch/pimp slapping” Galaxy Nexus. It’s pretty sad that you don’t know the huge power differences between laptops and smartphones.

        • Steam

          Here you are March 18th, 2011 “…It is highly doutful my friend that device will be the best on the market for 2011 guaranteed…These will be the best devices in 2011..1. Evo2, 2. Atrix4g. 3. Lg optimus 2x, Lg optimus 3d, Samsung Galaxy S2, Samsung Stealth, Nuexus S4g, Then everyone else my friend” <—–The Nexus S was last, because you didn't own one.
          In the same thread, there was this,”… We will team up to ward off these VERIZON ASSWAD’S just look at all these JERK’s come out the woodwork”. <—-We see you all the time.
          “Glad we don’t have to worry about all that stuff. Htc Evo 3D will rule android in 2011 just like sprint”<—Yeah! Sprint is…is..fucked. Their LTE is absolutely…also fucked before it even started.
          In September 2011 (a few weeks before you were a Verizon customer)
          “…Who cares what you people say the truth is verizon sucks and so does all there devices. plain and simple….”<—you sucked on the corner for your dad (see below)
          “…You and the rest of the verizon faithful can use some true knowlege about your overpriced network that IS CRAPPY…” <—Is that so
          “…Verizon will do better off focusing on better pricing on there devices as well as providing better software updates they are worst in the business right next to motorola…” http://androidandme.com/2011/09/news/verizon-re-launching-its-app-store-do-we-really-want-it/
          Are you getting flashbacks from getting rammed in that Dark Basement by your dad while he donkey punches you and calls you 'useless' again? I told you to go to the psychiatrist. Seriously, they'll do their best to help you. They won't be able to do anything about the fact that you have the mentality of an eight year old, but they can try and help you get past your deep-seated personal issues. I know why you call everyone useless, and make fun of everything and everyone and seek assurance and abuse at the same time.
          Richard (to his father): "I have a Galaxy Nexus! Is this okay, Daddy? I heard it is the bestest phone ever, and I make sure I let everyone know on the interwebz that I have a smartphone with the latest OS on it! Is that okay Daddy? Please Daddy, no! not the Dark Basement and donkey punching again! I'm not useless! Please, I have a Galaxy Nexus now because you told me to drop Sprint because I was acting like a bitch as usual! A Nexus Daddy! Nooooo….use the lube this time!." Then, when he's finished with you, he pimp-slaps you, makes you call him "Boss" and sends you out on the corner to make money for him. Once again, the BM screwed you, a roof, but deranged as hell, mentally damaged, and no help.
          Dude, seriously. Get help. You're mentally FUBAR.

  • Steam


  • http://theinternet-allofit.blogspot.com Jorge Branco

    Does anyone else from Australia see the Huwaei logo and think of the A League straight away?