With the Huawei Ascend D Quad, Huawei tries to take on the rest of the smartphone market by letting loose. It comes with premium specs and needless to say, a premium price tag. But in a sea of phones as big and loud and powerful as tablet computers, what makes the Huawei Ascend D Quad something worth considering?
The D Quad comes with a 1.2GHz quad-core processor humming under the hood. This is complemented by 1GB of onboard RAM, 8GB of internal storage, the use of a myriad of hardware sensors and wireless antennas, and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. As you can see, its is not about to let anyone down in terms of either hardware or software features. But as anyone who has had to deal with any number of high-end Android smartphones will know, the devil is in the details.
There’s a 4.5-inch IPS touchscreen display on the Ascend D Quad. And from the looks of it, Huawei may have drawn inspiration from the Samsung Galaxy S II for their final design. In fact, its silhouette is a dead ringer for the previous flagship Android handset from Korea. Still, Huawei did lay off on customizing the stock Android UI, and that counts as one way it sets itself apart from other handsets available in the market right now.
While it’s great that Huawei has taken some steps to try and distinguish the Ascend D Quad from most of its competition, at the end of the day, it’s still mainly just another high-end Android smartphone. The sad truth is that more well-known companies than Huawei may have more clout and end up convincing people to buy their products—with similar specs—instead. Of course, that doesn’t really take away the fact that the Huawei Ascend D Quad is one powerful handheld computer that, if you take a chance on, will probably serve you very well.
Need To Know: Huawei Ascend D Quad
1. The default operating system is Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. (The Good)
2. Quad-core processor running at 1.2GHz makes quick work of navigating menus and running apps. (The Good)
3. Huawei could do a lot better in coming up with an inspiring and original design for the Ascend D Quad. (The Bad)
4. It’s not clear when an update to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, the latest version of the Android software, will arrive. (The Bad)
Better camera with good battery life and affordable price
With an affordable price, you get all the bells and whistles of a flagship Android smartphone inside a neat, cheap package. At that price range, our expectations for a quad-core device weren’t that high but it still managed to hold its own here. While it may be a slight exaggeration on Huawei’s part about how fast the device is, it manages to perform especially with its unburdened Android 4.0 operating system.
But we have to fault it for its design, which looks rather generic, especially when compared to the slimmer, sleeker Ascend P1. So if you are looking for a powerfu... Full review
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