While I may have underestimated Huawei in the past by saying that they had weak products and were incapable of keeping with the times, they seem to have actually done something right since this phone is actually ahead of the rest. And that is simply because of its processor. Two years ago, a Dual-Core Processor was literally unheard of ( for phones, I mean ). Nowadays, it’s almost the third month of 2012 and already we’re seeing phones with Quad-Cores. One can only ask : why ? What in the holy name of cheese could one do with all that power in a phone ? Beats me, but apparently someone keeps needing more since stronger phones keep coming out.
Since we have a bit of time, I shall impart with you, the reader, the reason for why I have viewed the Huawei phones as weak in the past. My country isn’t that well equipped in internet providers. It actually doesn’t have that many at all. But from those few that we have, some manage to stand out of the crowd anyway. The one I’m reaching at is called RDS. Not that powerful really ( only a maximum bandwidth of 100 MB/s ), but they had a business going on even before acting as an internet provider. You see, they also provide cable television and telephone services. Time used to be that when you made a telephone contract ( which you had to, in order to get “the internetz” ), they would hand you out a DIGI.MOBIL ( it’s an ugly little bugger – search it up if you have the time : Google Images has a few snaps of it ). That phone was from Huawei and it was a piece of garbage. It didn’t do absolutely anything. But it was sturdy as hell. You could play baseball with it and it still worked. Heck, some of my buddies played football with it and it barely even scratched it ( on the pavement ).
Well, enough with the history lessons, let’s get cracking.
- Processor : Quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A9
- RAM : 1 GB
- AndrodOS : 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
- Camera : 8 MP
- Display : 720 x 1280 pixels, 4.5 inches (~326 ppi pixel density)
Just by looking at those specs you can tell that this phone is powerful. The body of this phone is quite massive. The Huawei Ascend D Quad is 130 x 65 x 9 mm big and it weighs 130 g.
On the sound part, this phone has Vibration and MP3 Ringtones as Alert Types. It has a loudspeaker and a 3.5 mm jack. What’s special about it is that it has Dolby Mobile 3.0 Plus sound enhancement. Time was that Dolby was one of the best ( and I strongly believe that it still is ).
On the display side, this Android phone has an IPS+ LCD capacitive touchscreen with approximately 16 million colors. The resolution that the display uses is 720 x 1280 pixels and the screen itself is 4.5 inches big. The pixel density of this phone’s screen is 326 ppi ( which by most standards it stands for Over-Kill ). It also has multitouch but nothing too outstanding to mention.
The internal storage space of the phone is comprised of 8 GB of ROM memory and if that isn’t enough for your greedy spacial needs, you can always use the MicroSD card which can take any card of up to 32 GB. This phone also has 1 GB of RAM ( currently the largest amount of RAM, but I suspect that not for long ).
As far as data connectivity goes, this phone has GRPS and EDGE. The speed of the data connecion is HSDPA of 21 MB/s and HSUPA of 5.76 MB/s. The WLAN of this phone is a Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n with Wi-Fi hotspot and DLNA. The Bluetooth is a v3.0 with A2DP and HS. The USB of this phone is a microUSB ( MHL ) v2.0. That’s about it for the data connection part.
Moving on to the camera of this phone. We’re looking at an 8 MP camera with a resolution of approximately 3264 x 2448 pixels that has autofocus and Dual-LED flash, as well as geo-tagging. A bit lacking in the features department, but no problem, since this phone is still pretty bad-ass no matter how you look at it. The video recorder is capable of recording or capturing images at 1080p full HD at approximately 30 fps ( for movies, that’s quite a lot – it seems small if you know how many fps you need to have for a game, but trust me : it’s enough ). This phone also has a secondary 1.3 MP camera which can work at 720p HD. How it can do that is beyond me, but I’m not one for searching things I can live my life without knowing.
Moving on to the hardware part of this phone. The Huawei Ascend D Quad is quite loaded as far as hardware goes. The processor is a Quad-Core 1.2 GHz and the chipset is a Huawei K3V2. Apparently this phone has no GPU. What came as even more of a surprise was finding out that Huawei also made its own brand of chipsets ( I guess you learn something new everyday ). The processor is something of great meaning. Not as much physically as it is symbolic. You see, this means that the mobile technology has advanced to such a degree that they’ve actually managed to make four strong cores fit into a device as small as the Android Phone. With advancements such as these, it should come as no surprise to anybody if soon we shall see an octo-core ( 8 cores or something, I just made that name up ) soon for PCs as well. This phone, and many others, are just a step mankind will take into the new age of tech.
On the software side, this phone comes equipped with Android OS v4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. I find that pretty impressive since there are many phones that don’t actually come out with the latest version of software. And frankly, being the year that it is and having so much impressive tech around, it’s pretty disgraceful to see new phones coming out with older software. Especially since there are rumors of Android 5.0 coming out sometime this year.
Finally, we shall take a look at the more general features of the Huawei Ascend D Quad. The Sensors this phone comes with are : accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity sensors and compass ( the gyro part is something less common, but the others can be found in mostly any phone ). The messaging on this phone can be done through SMS ( threaded view ), MMS, E-Mail, Push Mail and IM. The browser of the Huawei Ascend D Quad runs in HTML and the GPS of this phone has A-GPS Support. The Huawei Ascend D Quad also has Java via a Java MIDP emulator. The colors it comes out in are Metallic Black and Ceramic White. All and all, this phone will look and function awesomely.
And here you have a short list of features :
- – Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
- – SNS integration
- – TV-out (via MHL A/V link)
- – MP3/WAV/eAAC+ player
- – MP4/H.263/H.264 player
- – Organizer
- – Document editor
- – Photo viewer/editor
- – Voice memo/dial/commands
- – Predictive text input
In conclusion, this has been the review / preview of the Huawei Ascend D Quad. It’s a pretty awesome phone with a whole lot of power to boot. I’ve no idea whatsoever when this wonderful phone will come out. Considering it was announced in February 2012, and a few months ( at least one ) need to pass from the announcement date and the release date, it’s no wonder that sources predict that it will come out somewhere in Q2 2012. Only time will tell when this most interesting phone will come out. Until then, keep your eyes open for any new details about it. If you feel that this review / preview has lacked anything, feel free to leave your suggestions in the comments section below and I will be sure to follow them and / or consider them when writing my future projects. I hope you enjoyed reading this as much as I enjoyed writing it.