Huawei Ascend D2 hands-on
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.
Huawei Ascend D2
8. 13MP camera
9. SIM tray, and micro USB on top
6. Phullofphil (Posts: 801; 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
10. MeoCao (unregistered)
The plus is aluminum wrapping and not faux metal, but the design lacks refinement, very crude.
2. Birds (Posts: 987; 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.
12. Diego! (Posts: 505; Member since: 15 Jun 2009)
The white version looks stunning! I'm really digging this phone :D
3. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6455; 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
5. PapaSmurf (limited) (Posts: 8300; 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.
4. PapaSmurf (limited) (Posts: 8300; 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.
8. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2179; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
Sorry, my comment 7 was meant as a reply to yours.
7. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2179; 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".
9. GeekMovement (Posts: 1501; 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.