We finally see the mystical quad-core phones from Huawei’s announcement today at Mobile World Congress after prior leaked shots exposed last week. It is the D series, stands for Diamond. The series includes three models — D1, D quad and D quad XL. Basically, they all come with very similar specs — running Android 4.0 ICS, including a 4.5 inch display, 8GB of internal storage and 1GB of RAM. Among them, D quad seems to be the most impressive model with 3 killer features that you won’t find on iPhone and Galaxy Nexus.
Ascend D quad
Killer Feature #1: 4.5-inch 720p HD IPS+ Display with 330 PPI
Huawei Ascend D quad boasts a 4.5-inch 720p display that has a higher pixel density than Apple’s Retina Display set-up, which giving it a pixel density of a very impressing 330 pixels per inch (PPI), as compared to the current iPhone’s 326 PPI Retina display. Huawei also promised “excellent” outdoor screen quality, which will enable use even in direct sunlight.
While not a Super AMOLED panel, the display on the Ascend D quad is easily one of the most impressive ones out there. Viewing angles are excellent and so is color rendition.
Killer Feature #2: Super Fast Quad Core Processor
The Ascend D quad is powered by Huawei’s homegrown processor, the Hisilicon K3 V2 quad-core chipset. It is a quad-core A9 that has 16 GPU cores built-in, clocked at either 1.2 or 1.5GHz. According to the chairman of Huawei, Richard Yu, it is 20 to 30 times faster than NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 chipset.
The chart above also showed us Huawei’s quad-core phone spanked the Galaxy Nexus and the Asus Transformer Prime. It runs cooler, and offers up to a 50-percent reduction in power consumption. Let’s hope the quad-core processor won’t eat up its 2300 mAh battery too quickly.
Moreover, Huawei claimed the Ascend D quad is 49 per cent faster at performing nominal tasks, such as booting up applications and flicking through homescreens, than Tegra 3 devices.
Killer Feature #3: Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound
Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound and Huawei’s Audience earSmart technology are on board for sharp music playback and high call quality. What’s earSmart technology? Well, with that technology, the Ascend D1 quad includes dual microphone noise reduction that will decrease background noise when you are talking on the phone, this means you get much clearer call quality. For the Dolby 5.1 Sound, it is used for beaming music and movies to your home entertainment center. Sounds awesome, huh? In addition, Huawei noted its Ascend D quad beats iPhone 4S and Galaxy Nexus in call quality. This is incredible!
Ascend D1 & D quad XL
Aforementioned, all three models are very similar to each other, it is very hard to distinguish between them if you don’t have its specs sheet right next to it. Ascend D1 is a lower-end version of D quad, it runs on a 1.5 GHz dual-core CPU and has a 1670mAh battery. With the Ascend D quad XL, it has a larger 2500mAh battery and thicker body (10.9 mm) compared to the D quad’s 8.3mm thickness, the rest remains basically the same. In the near future we expect an even beefier 3000mAh version to be released.
The Ascend D quad series will be available in China, Australia, Europe, Asia-Pacific, North and South America, and the Middle East from April 2012. Expect the Ascend D quad to start its global market invasion around Q2 or Q3 of this year. Huawei claim their flagship will sell 15-25% cheaper than Samsung devices, although specific prices weren’t disclosed. We are guessing its price is ranging between $560 – $590.
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