With a quad-core processor, 8-megapixel camera, hi-res screen and Ice Cream Sandwich on board, the Huawei Ascend D Quad is shaping up to be one monstrous mobile. The main worry is the high-tech hardware could affect battery life.
Following the Ascend P1 and P1 S which were presented at CES, the Ascend D quad is Huawei’s latest serious attempt to enter the arena of top smartphone models with Android OS. We tried out this device and can actually confirm that this manufacturer is now in the big league — Ascend D quad is profiled as one of the show’s smash hits.
The device includes a quad-core K3V2 processor, which is produced by Huawei itself and the company claims it is the fastest in the world. It comes with a 1.2 GHz and 1.5 GHz speeds, and 1 GB of RAM, which is a combination that makes Android OS 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) literally fly.
Still, what is even more impressive on this device is its 4.5-inch IPS+ screen with a 1280 x 720-pixel resolution (720p), which includes a pixel density of 330 ppi — previously unprecedented on smartphones with Ice Scream Sandwich (Sony Xperia S has pixel density of 340 ppi, but it is using Android OS 2.3 (Honeycomb), not ICS). Exceptional sharpness is a real sight for sore eyes and even the tiniest letters along the edge are perfectly smooth to the naked eye. The colors are realistic and intense, while we also loved the viewing angle — contrast is not the least bit lost, even when the device is viewed from a wide angle. We could not see how the display acts when exposed to direct sunlight, but Huawei representatives told us that the Ascend D quad surpasses the almost perfect iPhone 4S regarding this matter.
Overall this is an awesome high end phone with issues related to battery life.