We're in Barcelona this afternoon (or, in the US, this morning), and Huawei has just taken the wraps off its latest and greatest smartphone - the Ascend D Quad. It's almost as thought the name is suggesting something about the phone's hardware.

Powering the device is Huawei's first in-house smartphone processor - the K3V2. It has four cores, clocked at 1.5GHz. It's really fast. That's about all we know at this point.

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But back to the Ascend D Quad (I'm going to call it the Ascend DQ for short - anyone up for a Blizzard?). So, aside from its K3V2, what's the DQ got going for it? Well, we know there's a 4.5" 720p display, so it's definitely packing a plethora of pixels. It's also a mere 8.9mm thick, but still manages to squeeze in an 1800mAh battery. Huawei claims its earSmart technology provides industry-leading noise cancellation on the DQ, and its 8MP rear camera is purpoted to capture some particularly impressive stills.

Huawei also unveiled two other iterations of the device - the DQ XL and the D1. The DQ XL is packing an extended 2500mAh battery for all your juice-thirsty needs, while the D1 sports a modest dual-core processor for more budget-minded consumers. We'll (hopefully) be getting some hands-on time with these devices on the show floor tomorrow, so stay tuned for more info.


Here's the full press release:

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.

David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • L boogie

    The DQ XL looks very promising, just gotta wonder about storage; cloud or expandable via microSD or both. But besides that, quite the looker & a chocolate chip cookie dough blizzard sounds tasty, David.

  • Namett

    impressive specs. i hope it's no more than $400.

  • den

    Another iphone / samsung clone

  • Muhammad

    Oh Come on, what clone? your not actually into apple's "we invented the rectangle shape" thing.

    and by your logic Samsung is copying apple, so it's an iPhone clone. :)

  • Golightly

    Have you ever even seen an iPhone? Aside from the whole 'it has a touchscreen and it comes in white' aspect, what makes it a clone?

    Phone looks nice, Huawei always has nice minimalist design. 'Inspired looks' or otherwise, they're still clean looking phones. Going to be looking into the processor, but my next upgrade will still probably be a T3 device.

    • Golightly

      "Yu claims that Huawei’s K3V2 is 20 to 30 times faster than NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 CPU"

      Interesting. I want to see a hands on video.

      • Jordan Coa

        You mean 20-30% faster

  • Ronald

    Was real interested until I saw 4.5". I want an awesome smartphone at 4". Not any bigger or smaller.

    • jason

      I agree. I like my Galaxy Nexus, but i wish it was the size of the Nexus S. All these phone manufacturers are basically excluding at least 50% of the population (women and other people with smaller hands) with these giant phones. I would love a phone with a Nexus S size screen, but with software buttons so it's even a little smaller.

  • alex

    Looks like the HTC Sensation XL. Obviously it has better specs, and Huawei's UI actually looks nice, and controlled unlike touchwiz, sense, and blur

  • ABTBenjamins

    I have serious doubts about the battery life claims.

  • Eric

    What?! 64-bit architecture?! :O
    Is that correct? Some blogs are saying that it's 32-bit..

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      It's been retracted - apparently they were talking about memory.

  • Lon Lawrence

    ICS and it still has 3 capacitive buttons? geez, get real... move into the 21st century.

    • andddlay

      how does that even make sense?

  • reala

    I hope this comes to my carrier. I have a budget to fit it in now. I think this chip will be this years "Exynos". If the claims are true.

    XL model please :) and a napkin so I can clean up.

  • Liam Vain

    And it will never come to the states....

  • Jayden

    I really want the wallpaper and icons on the white phone in the picture, it looks beautiful!

  • Olga Gz