We descended upon the Huawei booth just a short while ago here in Barcelona, and there we found a whole gaggle of Huawei's new flagship device: the Ascend D Quad. I'm calling it the DQ for short  - because who doesn't like Blizzards? Anyway, we know the DQ is packing Huawei's first in-house processor, the K3V2.


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Basically, what you need to know is this: it's a Huawei device, so it will probably be priced pretty aggressively compared to other quad-core devices. Of course, the fact that it's a Huawei also means a US launch on any of the big four isn't super likely at launch - but you never know. This Huawei's first true high-end device, and they're pushing it hard. Three different models will be released - the DQ XL, which packs a larger battery, and the D1, which has a dual-core processor rather than Huawei's quad-core K3V2.

Pricing wasn't announced, but Q2 availability was (for the DQ), while the D1 will be launching in April in all markets.

Anyway, back to the DQ: how is it? We had some time to play with the device, and snappy was definitely the word we'd use to describe it. Like most Huawei phones, the design isn't particularly exciting, but it's definitely not ugly, either. It's reasonably thin, and the 1800mAh battery will hopefully provide sufficient juice for a day's use. To assist in power management, the DQ's processor will throttle itself back to 1.2GHz (from 1.5) in most situations. We also imagine there's all sorts of other multi-core power-saving magic going on under the hood, but that's a topic for another day.

It's also running bone-stock Android 4.0 (there isn't even support for Google Apps or the Market yet), so we assume Huawei will be selling the device without any overlays, as will be the case with the ultrathin Ascend P1. To see the DQ in action, check out our hands-on video, below:

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.

  • Reala

    To nad it wont be state side

  • http://www.oakfurnitureland.co.uk Ronnie

    Stock ICS, that's more like it.

    Sense is the only thing that's putting me off the HTC One X.

  • omph

    Looks like pretty nice hardware! If I could offer one bit of advice to Huawei, it would be for them to change their name, or at least create a new brand for their higher end stuff.

    I know every piece of technology we use is assembled in China, but being reminded of that isn't necessarily a selling point. They could make an acronym, but H** would just get confused with HTC. Better to start fresh with a completely new brand.

    • Danny

      As much as I hate to admit it, you're probably right. It just seems that mainstream audiences aren't ready to idolize a brand they can't pronounce. Maybe they should name themselves something similar to American technology companies "Impinj", or "Xybernaut".

    • caliber

      That's probably the same thing observers would have told Honda and Toyota or even Hyundai back in the day.

      • omph

        And how long did it take Honda and Hyundai to overcome the stigma of being (wrongly) perceived as cheap and undesirable in the relatively slow moving auto industry?

        In the fast moving world of consumer technology, where you're already competing with other highly integrated Chinese companies, is there any reason to penalize yourself?

  • http://cassidyjames.com Cassidy James

    That camera doesn't look stock. :-/

  • Angela Tyndall chase

    are all these phones bad? mine is, and others i know is! I paid a penny for mine and I got ripped off!! I have had nothing but trouble with this phone since I have had it for almost a year now!!