Huawei the Asian giant that are normally associated with budget devices have decided to take a leap into the big time and join the top players league. Announcing early the “D range” Smartphones named the Ascend D1, D, and the XL, along with also a Tablet called the MediaPad 10.
Now we already told you about the new Huawei developed Quad-core chip that they’ll be using on The D series, it is going to be powered by their own ARM chipset called the K3V2, It’s what going to be powering the following devices.
Huawei are bring us as a set of devices called the “Diamond series of smartphones, the D Quad is powered by a Quad-Core processor (The K3V2), and running Android 4.0, it’ll have a 4.5” inch 720p HD display, it’s also apparently clocked as high as 1.5Ghz, shooting with an 8MP rear camera and a 1.3MP front-facing camera, Huawei are saying that this device is the "the world’s fastest smartphone.", that of course remains to be seen though. Now, it’s not LTE Compatible, but it has some nice other little touches like a nice sized 1800mAh battery, Dolby 5,1 Surround sound, and earSmart technology that’ll give you some good noise cancellation when in use on those crowded occasions.
Huawei here claims that the Ascend D Quad is a whopping 49% faster than "the other fastest smartphones in the world,", call me cynical but I will believe this statement when it is proven.
The Ascend D Quad is the big boy, the main man, the flagship if you will and it’s what Huawei is using to attempt to climb to the top of the food chain among the Android manufactures, it certainly looks like a contender from the early details, shots and bold claims Huawei are putting out there. The Ascend D Quad is not the only Smartphone they have coming though, oh no there is two more, welcome the Ascend D1 and the Ascend XL.
The Ascend D1 is pretty much a scaled down Dual-Core version of the D Quad, and the Ascend XL is coming packed with a 2500mAh battery, two devices with different sets of specifications that differ slightly from the Ascend D Quad.
Here is the full statement by Huawei about the devices.
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.
Away from smartphones Huawei have also brought with them a nice little extra toy to show, yes it’s a tablet and it’s called the Huawei MediaPad 10.
The reps at the MWC showed this device off that’s still being put together in the development stages, but already it looks impressive. The Huawei MediaPad 10 will add big another tick to the complete catalogue of devices on the market.
It will have a 1920 x 1200 1080p HD display, Huawei K3 Quad-Core processor, a 8MP Rear camera, and ship with Android 4.0. The tablet will be in a body that measures 8.8mm thick and apparently due in the second quarter of this year. No more details on the MediaPad 10 as of yet, but it looks like a good show and step forward for Huawei at the Mobile World Congress.
Check the images below for Huawei newest selection. Don’t tell me you are not impressed by those great looking devices. Well done to Huawei, they have certainly been busy and of course taken the big steps from being just a Chinese budget device maker.