Shortly after Huawei gave the public a look at the new Ascend D1 Quad smartphone during IFA 2012 in Berlin, Germany, the Chinese company made it available on their online store for 2,699 yuan or around US $425.
The smartphone, which was known previously as the Ascend D quad, is currently Huawei’s flagship device for the high-end market segment, and its specifications do not disappoint.
It comes with a quad-core 1.4GHz processor, a full gigabyte of RAM and 8GB of internal memory. There is also a microSD card slot onboard should users need more storage space. The phone’s operating system is Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich which Huawei has customized a bit to give it a distinctive feel. At this point, it is still unknown whether an Android 4.1 Jelly Bean will arrive for the device.
As for the screen, the device’s IPS+ LCD spans 4.5 inches diagonally. Moreover, its main camera is an 8-megapixel shooter that can record videos in 1080p Full HD quality, while its secondary 1.3-megapixel camera is adequate for video calls. Huawei includes a battery-saving feature that works with its 2,500 mAh battery to extend the battery life. The phone comes in two color options: ceramic white and matte black.
The Ascend D1 Quad could be an alternative to pricier Android smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S III and the HTC One X. Granted, its specifications are lower than the ones on these two devices, but the price that Huawei offers for the smartphone does make the device attractive, especially for those who want to get the most out of their money.
Prior to IFA, Huawei had already tried to promote this phone as “the world’s fastest smartphone” during Mobile World Congress. However, due to some internal problems, the launch date was delayed, making the device’s quad-core processor not as impressive as it could have been if the phone were released earlier.