The world doesn’t quite know what Chinese manufacturer Huawei has under wraps as it functions so discreetly unlike other major companies. But once in a while it announces smartphones with the best hardware and features. And the Huawei Ascend D2 is one such smartphone. Featuring a remarkable 5-inch 1080p display and Huawei’s home cooked quad core SoC, the Ascend D2 was an instant favorite with Android fans when it was announced at the CES. Although most of the attention was shifted towards Sony’s Xperia Z after the announcement, one can’t deny the fact that Huawei’s offering is right up there in many respects, if not better. And this fancy new droid has just been launched in China, hardly a week after its announcement. Huawei certainly loves its home turf and what better way to win the people’s affection than to launch a device like the Ascend D2 way before the rest of the world gets it. The smartphone will eventually see a global release too if you were wondering, but that will happen only in March. So for now, the Ascend D2 will remain a Chinese exclusive. Chinese customers can grab the dual-SIM version of the smartphone from China Telecom for 3990 CNY ($642).
The smartphone apparently could hit Japan next followed by Europe in due time. It is to be seen if Huawei will bring the smartphone to the U.S as well. Sadly, Huawei hardly has any presence in the world market except in some Asian and European countries. I’m not sure if the world market has seen the Ascend D Quad in its entirety, which is rather unfortunate as it was a smartphone to reckon with back when it was launched. As for the Ascend D2, we need not tell you what makes it the beast that it is. But just to refresh your memory, the smartphone packs a 5-inch 1080p Full HD display panel with a pixel density of 441ppi. The back houses a ginormous 13MP BSI camera sensor which is capable of HDR video and stunning stills as well. The company’s very own quad core K3V2 processor is used here with a clock speed of 1.5 GHz. This is the same chip used in last year’s Huawei flagships. There’s a hefty 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage (non expandable). To keep the juice up on the smartphone, Huawei has gone with a 3,000 mAh battery which is substantially bigger than what we saw on the HTC Droid DNA and the Sony Xperia Z as well. Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is on board with Huawei’s Emotion UI, which is rather unique. And did we mention it is dust and water proof, much like the Xperia Z?
So yes, this smartphone here is a monster in every right. And it would depend on Huawei to make it a success or a total failure in the market. As Huawei is always known to go easy on the pricing of its smartphones, the Ascend D2 can do wonders in the market if given the opportunity. Let’s hope that happens and we see the Ascend D2 hit global shelves soon.