Huawei Ascend D quad XL Review

Interface and functionality:

No surprises in the interface of the Ascend D quad XL, as it is almost stock Android Ice Cream Sandwich, with just a few utility applications like a file manager, flashlight or an app installer sprinkled on top.

It almost feels like a Nexus device this way, save for the part that a Nexus device would be running Jelly Bean by now, but we digress. The weather widget, the connectivity toggles, or the music widget - they are all Google, or popular items from the Play Store - no manufacturer overlays to get in the way with the Ascend D quad XL, so Jelly Bean and further updates should be very easy for Huawei to do.

Processor and memory:

This stock ICS interface we find on the phone is fluid and moves very quickly, powered by the homebrew 1.5 GHz quad-core silicon, dubbed K3V2. It utilizes the ARM Cortex-A9 architecture, just like its more famous brethren from the Exynos 4-Series, Tegra 3 or Snapdragon S4 lines, and shows performance on par with them in the benchmarks. 

In fact, only the quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro is much ahead in synthetic tests than Huawei’s K3V2, so you can rest assured no app or launcher you throw at it will feel underpowered. The graphics subsystem also showed excellent results, which were up with the best out there.

Quadrant StandardAnTuTuNenaMark 2
Huawei Ascend D quad XL43041074865,3
Samsung Galaxy S III 5022683158,7
Sony Xperia T4839692560,1
LG Optimus 4X HD37421118452

We were especially pleased with the reaction to the accelerometer, turning the keyboard from landscape to portrait with no lag, for example. The phone also offers a fast boot mode, like HTC's handsets, which makes the device operational within seconds after pressing the power key at the top.

The phone has 1 GB of RAM, and just 8 GB (5.3 GB are user-available) of internal memory, but does offer a microSD card slot for storage expansion.

Internet and connectivity:

The stock Android ICS browser performs admirably on the Huawei Ascend D quad XL, with fluid panning, zooming and rapid scrolling inertia. Of notable absence is the lack of Adobe Flash support out of the box, which can be sideloaded on Ice Cream Sandwich.

Download speeds with the included pentaband radio top at 21 Mbps on an HSPA+ network, if you carrier can deliver those to you, and Huawei’s device supports a suite of other connectivity options, like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, A-GPS, FM Radio and DLNA streaming, but lacks NFC. Wired connectivity is taken care of by the MHL port on the left.

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