Ascend D Quad

Huawei had a sizeable presence at CTIA this year, much like it did back at CES and Mobile World Congress earlier this year. The Chinese company looks poised to enter the high-end smartphone market, marking a shift from the mid to low-range devices it has made a name for itself with. Huawei hopes to achieve its goal with the Ascend line, a group of phones that have the guts to stand up to the likes of Samsung, Motorola, and HTC. At the top of the heap sits the Ascend D Quad (the D, Huawei says, stands for Diamond), the gem of the line.

We first saw the D Quad in Barcelona, but things have changed a bit. In the past few months, Huawei seems to have added a custom skin to its Ascend line, a departure from the nearly-vanilla Ice Cream Sandwich experience we first saw. We won’t complain though: things don’t seem to have slowed down, and the skin is certainly not painful to look at.

Other than that, the phone remains largely unchanged. It’s still got a beautiful 4.5-inch 720p display with PPI approaching 330, a Huawei-made K3V2 processor clocked at 1.2 GHz, and a “best-in-class” 8MP camera. Everything adds up to a beautiful experience: the D Quad is thin, light, and really gorgeous. It might not have the name recognition of the One or Galaxy S lines, but I assure you, this is not a device to disregard.

The D line comes with a few variations: opt for the D1 and you’ll get a processor clocked at 1.5 GHz; opt for a Quad XL, and you’ll get a 2,500 mAh battery, up from the standard 1,800 variant. The model you’re looking at here is the standard D Quad.

The release date for the D Quad is a bit fuzzy: the model in my hands is HSPA+ only, though Huawei would like to launch the LTE-equipped version sometime this summer, though no US carriers have bit just yet. We’ll keep our fingers crossed that they do, though, as we feel that Huawei is in it to win it. Hit the break for another look.


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Huawei Ascend D Quad hands-on


Isn't this the same company that the U.S. Government refused bids to work on the U.S. emergency communications infrastructure because it's basically a Chinese state-run company?

I'll pass...

Because the conspiracy theory is that they have embedded their electronics with hardwired "backdoors" that would allow the Chinese government to disable and monitor any communications they want.

Wouldn't they have already done that with Apple (foxconn) products then?
Ironically, Huawei is down the street from there (literally)

Foxconn is a Taiwanese company, not China. Huaiwei is a Chinese company which has close ties with the Chinese Communist government and is believed to be using its technology and services to install intelligence and spying equipments worldwide to gain secrets and disrupt communication when needed by the Chinese military. This why the U.S. government will not buy into Huaiwei. But you are just a consumer, what should you worry about? Your choice if you want to buy Chinese brand.

Australia wont let it supply equipment to upgrade our national broadband.
Considering all the fun with Chinese hackers, and the questions about how much the Chinese Government supports that stuff, I'd be stepping carefully too.

Great phone for the T-Mobile Network until they get their LTE up and running. I'm sure eventually this phone company will get LTE radios running on their phones until HSPA+ would be fantastic. I would buy this phone.

Yeah, that's primarily why I'm interested in this phone. I hear it should be pentaband. So might work well with those $30 prepaid plans of T-Mobiles.

I just want to see reviewers test out that custom quad core first.

The D quads are supposed to be 1.4ghz I'm pretty sure (surely this hasn't changed). An the D1 is dual core by the way, he forgot to put that down.

Actually they were looking at the D1 which is the one with the skin.
The d quad does not. Or maybe they're expanding selection to with /without skins for d quad.

A skin on this device kills the dream for me. :(

Huaiwei is a Chinese company that helps governments of countries like Iran, North Korea, etc. install communications technology and equipments to spy on their citizens. Buying their products is like buying a Chinese trojan horse. Good luck!

Yeah, Id like to see your source for those claims. Not saying you are wrong but those are some very inflammatory statements.

Glad to see Huawei's new phones back on the main page again, they've really put the effort into them (in-house software and hardware) I hope they get the sales they deserve.