Huawei's "world's fastest" phone beaten by Snapdragon S4

Huawei's "world's fastest" phone beaten by Snapdragon S4
When we hear that a phone claims to be the “world’s fastest smartphone,” we take this seriously and don’t trust it until we see the actual benchmarks. The Huawei Ascend D quad XL is such an example and in the best tradition of chip fights, it faces Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 and... gets defeated. So even before its release, it seems that the phone got already dethroned from the throne it created for itself.

Earlier, the K3V2 outscored the quad-core Tegra 3-based Asus Transformer Prime in Basemark ES 2.0 Taiji, but that was before Snapdragon S4 numbers arrived. And with them, Huawei’s quad-core chip falls prey to the powerful 28nm S4 chip.

Interestingly, the device equipped with the S4 chip is not one you hear about every day - it’s the Pantech Vega LTE SKY phone. But the same silicon is expected to power many other handsets like the American version of the HTC One X. We don’t know if the software skins companies put on top of Android would somehow affect the scores, but in either case it seems that the self-proclaimed smartphone king has been dethroned. The Huawei Ascend D quad is still a pretty powerful handset, though, so why don’t you check out our hands on and see if it’s right for you.

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Ascend D1 quad XL
  • Display 4.5 inches
    1280 x 720 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP (Single camera)
    1.3 MP front
  • Hardware Huawei K3V2, 1GB RAM
  • Storage 8GB, microSDHC
  • Battery 2600 mAh
  • OS Android 4.0.4



13. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Even though the new Exynos will probably blow the Snapdragon away, the S4 is still plenty powerful.

10. Non_Sequitur

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

Raped by a dual core? Geez. Now it's HTC One X (or EVO One) vs. Galaxy SIII. Snapdragon is a beast, but can it beat Exynos? I can't wait to decide which phone to use my Sprint upgrade on. It gjves me the shivers.

14. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

I already decided on the EVO One :) Love the SLCD2 HD screen, and Sense is my favorite UI. Even though the Exynos will probably beat the Snapdragon in power, it still has enough power for me :)

15. Mario1017

Posts: 336; Member since: Sep 04, 2011

even if the dual core S4 is beaten by the exynos, qualcomm still has the quad core S4 which will come late this year

9. rockstarlive

Posts: 307; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Got beat by a dual core phone. Interesting.

7. groupsacc

Posts: 232; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

Huawei? Products with chinese government spyware in them? no thank you.

16. softarts

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 03, 2012

looking forward to 4 cores phone

4. WakaFlakaD

Posts: 576; Member since: Apr 30, 2011

Why does it sound like an advertisement to me?

3. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

OK, question. those phones were ranked 25th(ascend) and 23rd(pantech) so what were the 22 phones ranked above them???

8. Smart

Posts: 76; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

My question exactly..............And if the tests results consider only smartphones then I am dying to see the full list......

12. itiswhatitis

Posts: 423; Member since: Jan 23, 2012

Well dont worry you'd see them one day they all are in development;)

11. ngo2dd

Posts: 896; Member since: Jul 08, 2011

They are all the overclocked and rooted phone.

2. VJo003

Posts: 365; Member since: Mar 11, 2012

I am still gonna keep a close watch at Ascend D quad XL. I think as a package it can prove to be the a giant killer this year. Huawei has promised to price the phone 20% below competition.

5. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

and the pricing will be 20% less than the tegra 3 offerings , this is going to be in the S3's rival list

1. the_s2

Posts: 239; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Snapdragon, Take your time till the exynos dragon arrives!!!

6. shadowcell

Posts: 300; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

Exynos might just "fus-ro-dah" the competition.

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