Chinese manufacturer Huawei’s flagship Android device, the Ascend D1 quad has been made available in the company’s online store for 2,699 yuan (US$425). The phone features a quad-core 1.4GHz Cortex-A9 processor, which is a Huawei’s homegrown K3V2 system-on-chip. It also comes with a 4.5-inch Toshiba IPS+ HD display, 1GB of RAM, and 8GB of internal storage. The first batch has already sold out, while a second batch will be shipped within two weeks. Ascend D1 was billed as the “world’s fastest smartphone,” the D1 quad’s production schedule was pushed back by Huawei due to problems of manufacturing their own CPU …
Huawei Ascend D1 Quad was announced early this year. The company learned that creating its own mobile CPU from scratch, and getting it into production, is not so easy afterall. Delay after delay, and 7 months later, the new flagship finally show up. The official price for the device at $425 would have been great if the company managed to get it to ship in the first half of 2012, as promised. But for now, with quad-core Xiaomi phone 2 selling for $315 only, Ascend D1 quad looks a little overpriced in China smartphone market. While Huawei decides to launch D1 quad internationally, the price will still be competitive enough compare to Samsung Galaxy S3.
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