Jan 07 AT 5:19 PM Nick Gray 21 Comments

Huawei Ascend D2 hits CES with a 5-inch 1080p display, quad-core Snapdragon and Android 4.1


The Huawei Mate is certainly big enough to block out the sun, but it’ll have a hard time overshadowing the new Huawei Ascend D2. The water and dust proof D2 features a 5-inch 1080 x 1920 display and is powered by Qualcomm’s 1.5Ghz quad-core Snapdragon processor.

Other specs include 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage and a 3,000 mAh battery, which Huawai claims is cable or recharging 25 percent faster than the Samsung Galaxy SIII. Huawei is also stepping up its imaging game by offering a 13 megapixel rear camera with f/2.2 aperture, 5P lens and a hybrid IR filter. The phone has also been equipped with “super hands free” technology, allowing the device to serve as a speakerphone from 2 meters away.

The Huawei Ascend D2 will head to China in January and should hit Japan after that. There’s no indication that the phone will be coming to any US service providers, but it’ll probably make it to Europe before the summer. We’ll be stopping by the Huawei booth tomorrow to get some hands-on time with the new phone. What are your thoughts on Huawei’s new Android lineup? Is the Chines manufacturer ready to directly compete with the big boys in the US market?

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LAS VEGAS, Jan. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, unveiled the HUAWEI Ascend D2 at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) today. The latest hero product in Huawei’s Ascend series of smartphones, the HUAWEI Ascend D2 runs on Android 4.1 and features a 5-inch FHD IPS+ 443 PPI Super Retina LCD display, Huawei’s K3V2 1.5 GHz quad-core CPU and a 13 MP BSI camera. With its 3000mAh battery and Huawei’s proprietary Quick Power Control (QPC) and Automated Discontinuous Reception (ADRX) battery efficiency technology, the Ascend D2 has a stand-by time of six days on WCDMA.

“The HUAWEI Ascend D2 has the style, power and all-round performance capabilities you would expect from a HUAWEI Ascend smartphone, but with a revolutionary FHD screen, unsurpassed camera quality and power saving technology to maximize your enjoyment,” said Richard Yu, CEO, Huawei Consumer Business Group. “We are excited to introduce the HUAWEI Ascend D2, the latest addition to our series of Ascend range of smartphones, as we continue to put great technology into the hands of more people around the world.”

The HUAWEI Ascend D2 has a 5-inch Super Retina fast response IPS panel display and a resolution of up to 1920 x 1080, perfect for full HD 1080 video playback. With its 443 PPI, the Ascend D2 provides unprecedented color accuracy and clarity. Protected by the anti-scratch Corning® Gorilla® glass, and the dust and water resistant IPX 5/4, the Ascend D2 is tough enough to withstand everyday use.

The HUAWEI Ascend D2 features a 13MP BSI rear-facing camera with detail capturing technology and an ISO sensitivity level higher than other smartphones in this category. HUAWEI Ascend D2 also has a tailored manual color temperature adjustment function to provide a professional-level photography experience.

HUAWEI Ascend D2′s 3000mAh battery is optimized by Huawei’s QPC and ADRX smart power-saving technology. Leveraging Huawei’s more than 20 years of telecommunications know-how, QPC technology lowers battery consumption by automatically turning off the transmitter circuit when data transmission is not in use. Its ADRX technology identifies and automatically adjusts the DRX cycle based on the network status, reducing power consumption during standby mode by over 20 percent. In addition, Huawei’s proprietary fast battery charging technology enables the HUAWEI Ascend D2 to be fully charged in 30 percent less time than its takes other smartphones under the same electricity conditions.

The HUAWEI Ascend D2′s ‘swift sharing’ makes it easier than ever to share. With a Wi-Fi connection, uploading pictures, videos and other files is two- to three-times faster with the Ascend D2 than other smartphones in the market. Its ‘super hands-free’ function transforms the Ascend D2 into a conversation sharing portal to receive sounds within a radius of 1.5m. The Ascend D2 also supports Dolby® surrounding sound and stereo recording.

The HUAWEI Ascend D2 has a stylish and elegant design with an aluminum body and metal frame. Weighing just 170g and measuring 9.9mm thin, its curved design fits comfortably in the hand. Available in pure white and crystal blue, the HUAWEI Ascend D2 will also be produced in a 4.7-inch screen version. The HUAWEI Ascend D2 will be on sale in China in January 2013, and in Japan in the future.

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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.

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  • http://www.jaxidian.org/update/ jaxidian

    Sounds nice but I can’t imagine being happy with the status of this device after 6 months, not because of hardware but because of software and development community.

    Looks nice, though!

    • Thomas Biard

      The way Huawei is going, they are releasing well spec’d phones at good prices. If they keep this up, along with releasing the phone on all 4 major carriers in the US, then there will naturally be a much larger development community.

      • sbala

        If this becomes a hit with some ground breaking prices,
        Be sure it will be dragged to the courts for patent infringement by the ifool.

    • the red threat

      Huawei is a chinese spy company, they spy on US

      • Jorge Eslava

        The chinese are our friends, that’s why they make all our stuff =)

  • http://midweststitch.com ajonrichards

    Yes, let’s move the Home button on the left! That will differentiate us from the competition!

  • Alexander drzfr3shboialex

    A winner if its released in the states on launch and on all carriers. That’s why Samsung succeeds advertisements, global launch, and availability on all carriers, no exclusivity bs.

  • DroidPower

    i’d say they’re definitely getting ready to compete w/ the big guys, and they’re certainly at a better position than HTC right now (but hopefully HTC will prove me wrong)!


    If they are going to compete in the US its going to have to be as a budget brand. Free on contract or affordable unlocked.

    This particular model can’t cut it in the states. There can only be so many Top Dogs and they are much too late to the party.

  • Paul

    Now this is more like it. 5″ is a more reasonable screen size, and going to 1080p resolution and a 3000mah batter is awesome. I think Huawei’s finally growing up as a company. Still, not coming to the U.S is a big negative, and they’ll be fighting an uphill battle against incumbant Samsung. If the dev community is strong for this device that’d be a big plus also, how about they make it easy to unlock the bootloader and root, that’d be nice.

  • thymeless

    That would be a great contender to have in the US market.

    • ihatefanboys

      americans wont be able to pronounce it so they wont buy it. unless it gets a silly american catchy name that the idiots can remember, Droid, Galaxy, Optimus, etc.

  • Nathan D.

    The future is already looking bright in mobile this year :-)

  • hurric

    5″ is exactly what I’ve been thinking of having with decent specs.. this fits the bill. looking forward to when it’ll be available in Canada

  • Nate B.

    Not bad at all. Of course I am waiting for the S4 and other devices at later events through the year.

  • http://www.focuszonedevelopment.com Homncruse

    Looks good on paper, but have any Huawei devices ever actually made it to the U.S. market? I feel like they’d be a strong contender if only they were given a chance.

  • Anjie Cai

    They’re a pretty famous company in China and now they’re slowly moving to the US as well. If this phone is cheap,good, and dev. friendly then i might try my luck

  • nikhilverma

    An interesting phone that provides variety in 5 inch phone market.

  • donger

    come to stateside.

  • alexanderharri3

    I see launching on 4.1. Interesting choice, either behind on the times or choosing stability over new, not quite bugless features.

  • dejay

    just looks ugly, nice specs other than the battery (one of the most important parts of the phone)