Say hello to Huawei Ascend D2, the company’s first 5-inch smartphone. It’s slightly smaller than the 6.1-inch Huawei Ascend Mate, but its specs sheet is more endearing than the giant phone. The Huawei Ascend D2 crams a 5-inch 1080p display with a crazy high density of 443 ppi and it has a Huawei’s K3V2 quad-core processor that maxes out at 1.5GHz, 2GB of RAM and 32GB of on board storage under the hood. No card slot for expansion. There is a sharp and fast 13-megapixel camera positioned on its back and a 1.3-megapixel front-facing shooter enables video conversations. You’ll find a beefy 3,000mAh battery that allegedly to provide two-days of battery life. Also, the phone will come with Huawei’s Emotion UI, an Android 4.1 Jelly Bean-based custom ROM, by default.
The D2 has a pretty decent looking very nice, the build quality is a substantial step up from earlier Huawei handset, surrounded by a stainless steel frame and glossy plastic around the back. There are silicone gaskets around all the openings and seams, allowing D2 being dust and water-resistant, which would probably make D2 feels a bit chunkier than HTC Droid DNA or other 5-inch smartphones. Huawei has actually showed the waterproof feature on stage at the show. With the form factor of D2, it is aiming at competitions from HTC Droid DNA (Butterfly), OPPO Find 5 and ZTE Nubia Z5.
Huawei Ascend D2 is available in pure white and crystal blue, the company promised to launch the device in China the end of this month, then in Japan. No word on U.S. availability. Pricing and release date have not been disclosed. Hopefully we will get more details in the World Mobile Congress in Barcelona next month. With last year experience, Huawei took a long time to launch its device due to the delay of its SoC, hope that Huawei had learned from last year and have better time management this year.
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