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Huawei Ascend D quad Hands-on Review

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Huawei Ascend D quad Hands-on Review
Probably for the first time ever, we're not going to begin a Huawei hands-on with the words that we're surprised by the good execution of the phone in question. Nope. This time, we'll just say – as it was expected, Huawei made a bang with its new devices here at MWC 2012. Upon meeting the new handsets and tablets available here, all of our already few doubts were gone.

The most interesting new phone by Huawei at MWC was the quad-core Huawei Ascend D Quad – a top-end model that will try to capture the hearts of all the geeks out there, and maybe a pretty decent chunk of the average consumer market.

The design of the handset is quite contradictory, to say the least. On one hand, it's pretty good - the handset is quite thin and has a more conservative look. On the other, it seems like a direct rip-off of the Galaxy S II. Well, we can live with it, but we'd like to see Huawei think of something that it can really call its own. In terms of feel, it's more on the plasticy side, no bold moves here.

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The thing about the Huawei Ascend D Quad is that it actually sports a lot of great features to please every hardcore smartphone user. The phone relies on Huawei's own K3V2 quad-core processor, and it also comes with a gig of RAM.

The screen is another highlight of the device. It measures 4.5", so there's plenty of screen real estate, while in the meantime the device doesn't feel overly bulky. Not only this, but the resolution is HD, so the Ascend D Quad also performs well on the pixel density front. We really like the fact that Huawei has started using top-notch screen technologies. In this case, the Ascend D Quad has an IPS-LCD screen, so you shouldn't worry about the color quality and the viewing angles.

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Huawei Ascend D quad Hands-on Review

OK, so we've come to believe that some not so popular companies in the phone biz (like Huawei), are doing fine with hardware, but they aren't very good at software. Thankfully, Huawei is getting on the right track, because the Ascend D Quad runs Android 4 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box. By the looks of it, there won't be any personalizations done to the stock user interface, and we actually don't mind that. Of course, the handset is incredibly snappy, due to the quad-core chipset. Right now, there's no specific launch date announced, but the handset should become available sometime during Q2 2012, and boy are we excited for this new entrant into the industry!

It's also worth mentioning that we got to play with some variants of the Ascend D Quad. And by "variants" here, we mean the Huawei Ascend D Quad XL, the D1 and the D1 LTE. Basically, the first one is the same as the Ascend D Quad, but comes with a larger battery. The D1 is a dual-core version of the Ascend D Quad, so we expect it to come with a slightly more bearable price tag. Finally, the D1 LTE is the same as the D1, but... you guessed it, with LTE connectivity.

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So these are pretty much all the interesting details around the new Huawei Ascend smartphones for now. We are definitely looking forward to spending some more time with them, especially the Ascend D Quad, which shapes up to be one very, very promising smartphone.

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posted on 27 Feb 2012, 13:39 10

1. Snap123 (Posts: 33; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)


Wow people should stop writing reviews if they cant even get the specs of the smartphone right. This D quad does not have a Tegra 3. It has Huawei own made K3V2 chip.

No wonder I'm seeing a lot of people confused at different sites. These reviewers cant even get facts right.

posted on 27 Feb 2012, 13:43 6

4. biophone (Posts: 1893; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


Chill it was a typo. A good review otherwise.

posted on 27 Feb 2012, 14:09 4

6. Habib (Posts: 114; Member since: 26 Feb 2011)


calm down guy, i m sure it was phone arena in the first hands on that told you that it runs on K3V2.. huawei's own processor based ARM CORTEX A9( or something with an "A")

posted on 27 Feb 2012, 14:28 5

7. Snap123 (Posts: 33; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)


First off biophone lets be real its not a typo. Thats like saying the guy mean to type phone instead of phoen.

And Habib no i got it off engadget while i was watching the streaming blog of Huawei press conference.

I know there is a lot of hype over the quad core tegra 3 right now so maybe this reviewer just assume it was a tegra 3. Maybe on the information spec card it just said quad core processor. It was a shocker to me to here that Huawei made its own quad core processor the K3V2.

Not everyone is well informed so readers might believe that it has a Tegra 3 when it doesnt. Not trying to insult the author or anything

posted on 27 Feb 2012, 16:17 9

10. Ray.S (Posts: 260; Member since: 19 Jul 2011)


Hey guys, it's been a very long day here at MWC. Sorry for the mistake - the handset does indeed run on Huawei's own K3V2 quad-core processor. We fixed this in the article. Thanks for the feedback!

posted on 27 Feb 2012, 13:42

2. biophone (Posts: 1893; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


I think there is a mistake it says tegra 3 when infact it runs hauwei on proccesor. AnyWay love the worlds most powerful smartphone and this looks stock so it will most likekly be good with updates too.

posted on 27 Feb 2012, 13:43

3. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


check the backlight bleed on the capacitive buttons. yuck.

posted on 27 Feb 2012, 13:59 4

5. cepcamba (Posts: 717; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


Powerful hardware, cheap materials (body), optimized software, low-price tag. I'd go for a phone like that. :) The recent crop of quad-cores are really good but I'm assuming the Ascend D quad will be the least expensive. It almost ticks all my boxes except that the materials aren't that cheap, and apparently they didn't do anything to the software (though custom roms should take care of that), and I'm not sure about the price.

posted on 27 Feb 2012, 14:52 4

8. Chronos (Posts: 258; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)


Besides the Galaxy S III, the Huawei Ascend D Quad is the only other smartphone I'm excited for this year.

posted on 27 Feb 2012, 22:29

13. rayman173 (Posts: 61; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


Your not exciting for the Sony Xperia Ion?

posted on 27 Feb 2012, 15:35

9. redrooster13 (Posts: 107; Member since: 20 Feb 2012)


I want a D quad xl. Although if att gets it will be the lte one. Why cant they make a d quad xl lte?

posted on 27 Feb 2012, 17:29

11. rockstarlive (Posts: 307; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


Looks nice......but Huawei doesn't seem to have much of a UI.

I guess its good or bad.

posted on 05 Mar 2012, 21:20

18. nnaatthhaannx2 (Posts: 820; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


yea, i noticed that also.....
probably good, not sure how Huawei's would turn out, lol

posted on 05 Mar 2012, 21:24 1

19. remixfa (Posts: 13942; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


there is no extra UI on this device, its stock ICS, which is great news.

posted on 07 Mar 2012, 11:49 1

20. seanwil12 (Posts: 1; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


I completely agree. If they want phones with bloatware, go right on ahead. ;)

posted on 27 Feb 2012, 17:50

12. thephoneguy92 (Posts: 191; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


Oh man, I can't wait to waste so much money buying all of these phones without a contract. It's looking like it will be a great year for phones!

posted on 29 Feb 2012, 08:31

16. myproffs (Posts: 7; Member since: 17 Jan 2012)


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posted on 04 Mar 2012, 10:51

17. the_EDJ (Posts: 33; Member since: 28 Sep 2008)


The capacitive buttons are a turn off. If my next phone is not the Sprint Galaxy Nexus, I'll hold out for a phone that gets rid of the buttons. Just a personal preference.

Love that it's stock ICS too. HTC makes the best custom launcher, but I'm sick of that.

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