Huawei Ascend D2 hands-on

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.



1. checkmymike

Posts: 224; Member since: Dec 28, 2011


6. Phullofphil

Posts: 1846; Member since: Feb 10, 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.

15. wtflol

Posts: 3; Member since: Feb 05, 2013

just like you, my friend!

2. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 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: 880; Member since: Jun 15, 2009

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

3. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

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

5. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 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.

11. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Prefer it to be stock android.

4. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 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 unregistered

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

7. g2a5b0e unregistered

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 unregistered

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

13. ananya22

Posts: 93; Member since: Apr 23, 2012

seriously ugly..yuck

14. motty

Posts: 84; Member since: Dec 13, 2012

Old fashion phone display

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