Huawei is taking the high road that Apple and Samsung have already taken, designing an ARM-based processor of its own to power its flagship Ascend D Quad XL. The K3V2 silicon is quad-core, and Huawei made some record-breaking claims about its performance. That was way back at the MWC expo in the spring, though, and quite a lot has moved since then. How does the Huawei Ascend D quad XL stack up against the current flagship competition out there? Read on our review to find out...
The chassis of the Huawei Ascend D quad XL doesn’t include premium or exclusive materials, an all-around plastic build. The handset is much thicker compared to other Android flagships, and the weight is above average, too.
The chassis of the Huawei Ascend D quad XL doesn’t include premium or exclusive materials
The construction doesn’t feel solid, though, mainly thanks to the flexing back cover, which emits a hollow noise when you knock on it, hinting at the oodles of unutilized space beneath it.
The phone feels big and heavy in your hands, but is fairly comfortable to hold due to the soapy shape, rounded corners and the patterned plastic of the battery cover that helps to grip it tighter, and is very easy to pry open.
Huawei Ascend D quad XL has a thumbs up for expandability, as it offers a regular SIM card slot, and a place for a memory card. It would have nailed a holy trinity if it had a removable battery, too, but the beefy 2,600 mAh battery is under a cover with four small screws that have to be taken out.
There is a notification light whose LED gets illuminated in different colors for missed calls and messages or hints at the charging status.
The buttons around the sides of the Huawei Ascend D quad XL
The 4.5” 720x1280 pixels display is very good, and worthy of the phone’s Android flagship status. Colors are vibrant, plus the contrast and viewing angles are in line with what the best IPS LCD mobile screens are offering.
When we add the very high 326 ppi pixel density, there is nothing to complain about in the screen, except brightness in direct sunlight, which doesn't deliver anything above average.