To get things started at Mobile World Congress, Huawei has gone ahead and announced their first quad-core phone, the Ascend D Quad. We’ve heard rumors about this phone leading up to the announcement, but Huawei was able to keep the device’s specs a secret until today.
The Ascend D Quad, which Huawei is calling “the world’s fastest phone”, features Huawei’s new K3V2 quad-core processor clocked at 1.5GHz, a large 4.5-inch 720P display, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, Dolby 5.1 surround sound, front and rear-facing cameras at 1.3 and 8-megapixels respectively, with the rear camera capable of shooting video at 1080P. To keep that entire hardware running, the Ascend D Quad features a 1800mAh battery. All of this is packed into a phone that weighs just 4.6 ounces and is just 8.9mm thick.
While the phone is impressive, the real deal here is the new K3V2 quad-core processor. According to Huawei, this new quad-core processor that powers the Ascend D quad is great on power, has the lowest chip temperature on the market, and the smallest footprint.
In addition to the Ascend D Quad, Huawei also announced two other phones the in their Diamond series: the Ascend D Quad XL and the Ascend D1. The Ascend D Quad XL is the same as the Ascend D Quad, except that it features a larger 2500mAh battery. The Ascend D1 is a dual-core version of the D Quad.
No pricing or availability information is available at the moment, except for that it will be “for global markets”.
Huawei Introduces the World’s Fastest Smartphone: The Ascend D quad
With Huawei’s proprietary quad-core chip and power management system
BARCELONA, Spain, Feb. 26, 2012 /CNW/ – Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, today introduced the world’s fastest quad-core smartphone, the Huawei Ascend D quad. Powered by the Huawei’s K3V2 quad-core 1.2GHz/1.5GHz processor and boasting the most compact design among 4.5-inch smartphones, the Ascend D quad expands the realm of possibilities for consumers with an Android 4.0 operating system and Huawei’s proprietary power management system which provides up to 30% in energy savings.
“We’ve listened to people’s top demands from smartphones: speed, long-battery life, high quality visual and audio capabilities, and a compact, lightweight handset. The Huawei Ascend D quad exceeds these expectations,” said Richard Yu, Chairman of Huawei Device. “In January at the Consumer Electronics Show at Las Vegas, we achieved a world record for the world’s slimmest smartphone with the Huawei Ascend P1 S. We are proud to once again introduce a world-first at the 2012 Mobile World Congress with the Ascend D quad, the fastest smartphone.”
The Ascend D quad is an entertainment dynamo with its 4.5-inch 720P high definition touchscreen, and the industry’s most powerful 32-bit true color graphic processor. Its PPI 330 screen providing crystal clear display even under direct sunlight, is complemented by its Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound and Audience earSmart™ voice technology for an experience which excels across the senses. Its 8-megapixel BSI rear-facing camera, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera, and 1080p full HD video-capture and playback capabilities enables you to record your special moments in clearer, richer detail.
The Ascend D quad comes with an 1800mAh battery, which lasts for one to two days with normal usage. The smartphone’s prowess is enhanced by Huawei Device’s proprietary power management technology which provides a longer battery life of up to 30% compared to industry average by adjusting power consumption according to usage needs. It also ensures higher chipset performance and efficiency by maintaining a low chip temperature.
Measuring 64mm narrow and 8.9mm slim, the Ascend D quad is proof that good things do come in small packages. With an ultra-thin frame, the lightweight and compact smartphone’s 4.5-inch touchscreen seems to vanish into the edge, creating an “infinity” feel and allowing an exceptionally narrow body.
In addition to innovative hardware design, the Ascend D quad also has outstanding software design. In addition to its Android 4.0 operating system, the Ascend D quad optimizes the user experience, ensuring greater ease of use.
As part of the Ascend D series, Huawei also introduced the Ascend D quad XL and the Ascend D1 smartphones. The Ascend D quad XL comes with a 2500mAh battery which provides two to three days of normal usage. With the same specifications as the Ascend D quad, the Ascend D quad XL measures 10.9 mm slim. The Ascend D1 runs on a 1.5 GHz dual-core CPU and has a 1670mAh battery.
The Ascend D quad series will be available in China, Australia, Europe, Asia-Pacific, North and South America, and the Middle East in Q2 2012. The Ascend D1 will be available in the above markets from April 2012.