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Huawei Ascend D2 hands-on

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Huawei Ascend D2 hands-on
Huawei made two big announcements at their media event today at CES in Las Vegas.  The first one, is aimed at being your next "all-in-one" device with premium build quality, great camera, and low-effort user experience.

We will start with the specifications since that is what everyone wants to know off the bat, the screen is a clear, 5-inch, 1920x1080 HD display with 443ppi.  The screen is very nice.  The other stand-out feature is the camera, which comes in at 13MP with HD recording ability.  The rest is enough to keep the device in line with the other class leaders, 2GB RAM with 32GB of storage.  Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n is available with Bluetooth 4.0 LE.  Interestingly, there is no NFC.  The Ascend D2 is not bulky in the hand and the contours make it quite comfortable to hold.

Under the hood is a snappy quad-core 1.5GHz processor and a beefy 3,000mAh battery which Huawei claims will provide up to two days or "working" usability thanks to various power saving measures the manufacturer has taken.

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is present with Huawei's "Emotion UI," which adopts a simple overall experience, but adds to the personalization with hundreds of available downloadable themes which change the appearance without changing the user experience.  Responsiveness is clean and stutter free.  The Ascend D2 will be available next month in China and Europe and Huawei says it is actively engaged with US carriers so the handset may be available here.  Pricing was not announced with the debut.

Huawei stressed the build quality of the D2, stating that the device goes through a 116 step manufacturing process (nearly four times the average).  In our initial impression, we can say the Ascend D2 is very well built.  Check out the pictures below and watch for an update when we upload our hands-on video.





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posted on 07 Jan 2013, 17:55 3

1. checkmymike (Posts: 80; Member since: 28 Dec 2011)


ugly.

posted on 07 Jan 2013, 20:42 7

6. Phullofphil (Posts: 800; Member since: 10 Feb 2009)


Ugly...... how is it. Its how I wish samsung woild build there phones. The meral bezzal makes it look well built. It looks in par with apple quility. I dontnlike apple phones though. I have a note 2 and love it

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 07:09 2

10. MeoCao (unregistered)


The plus is aluminum wrapping and not faux metal, but the design lacks refinement, very crude.

posted on 05 Feb 2013, 23:25

15. wtflol (Posts: 3; Member since: 05 Feb 2013)


just like you, my friend!

posted on 07 Jan 2013, 18:34 1

2. Birds (Posts: 957; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


Personally it is too glossy for my taste but I don't tend to count check chickens before they hatch. There could be a pleasant surprise this device has in store.

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 08:40

12. Diego! (Posts: 500; Member since: 15 Jun 2009)


The white version looks stunning! I'm really digging this phone :D

posted on 07 Jan 2013, 18:41

3. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6114; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Very impress with the battery not so sure of the design in hardware. at least they kept it WITH STOCK ANDROID

posted on 07 Jan 2013, 18:48

5. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7276; Member since: 14 May 2012)


It's not entirely stock Android, though I'm curious if there would be a theme available at launch that would make it so.

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 07:15

11. joey_sfb (Posts: 2487; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Prefer it to be stock android.

posted on 07 Jan 2013, 18:44 1

4. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7276; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Little typo Alan.

"We will start with the specifications since that is what everyone wants to know off the bat, the screen is a clear, 5-inch, 1920x1080 HD display with 443ppi."

1920x1080 on a 5" screen = 441ppi, not 443ppi.

posted on 07 Jan 2013, 22:29

8. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2089; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


Sorry, my comment 7 was meant as a reply to yours.

posted on 07 Jan 2013, 22:27

7. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2089; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


It probably is 443ppi. A lot of the time, manufacturers round screen sizes. For instance, the Note 2 is actually 5.55", rather than the 5.5" you constantly hear quoted. It's probably something more like 4.97" which would be a ppi of 443. There's no reason to not call that 5".

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 01:26

9. GeekMovement (Posts: 1499; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


Hope they are able to bring it to the US market. We could use some more nice devices like that.

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 12:13 1

13. ananya22 (Posts: 93; Member since: 23 Apr 2012)


seriously ugly..yuck

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 23:13

14. motty (Posts: 84; Member since: 13 Dec 2012)


Old fashion phone display

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