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Huawei Ascend D quad review

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Huawei Ascend D quad
Huawei Ascend D quad
Huawei Ascend D quad
Huawei Ascend D quad

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)

Operating system
Operating system
1.2 GHz
1.2 GHz
Screen Size
Screen Size
8+ MP
8+ MP
1800 mAh

What the Critics Are Saying...


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&...

- Loh Ving Sung, Mobile88

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Huawei backs up the Ascend D quad with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.

If your Ascend D quad has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Huawei support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Huawei's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.

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Screen Size

The Huawei Ascend D quad's screen size is 4.5 inches with x pixels resolution.

1.2 GHz

There is a Quad-core 1.2 GHz processor (CPU).


The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

8+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 8+ MP camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 1+ megapixels resolution.

8 GB

Internal memory is 8 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1800 mAh battery. Huawei's performance ratings are 16.7 days standby time, 480 minutes.

Ascend D quad Specs

Release Date May 31, 2012
Regions Available USA
Operating System No

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Processor Quad-core 1.2 GHz
Internal Storage 8 GB
Hearing Aid Compatible No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Unknown
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Headset, Manual, Standard Battery
Mobile / Cellular Data
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
SIM card size
Dual SIM No
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 3.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Mobile Hotspot Yes
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB)
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Main Camera
Resolution / Aperture
8+ Megapixels
Yes (Dual LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Geotagging, ISO, White balance, Scene mode
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution / Aperture
1+ Megapixels
Additional Front Camera Info
Video Recording Parameters
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel Density 326 pixels
Size 4.5 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Digital Compass
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Power & Battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 1800 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Cellular) Unknown
Talk Time Up to 480 minutes
Standby Time Up to 16.7 days
Mixed Usage
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Material Plastic
Colors Black, White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 12.9 x 6.4 x 0.9 cm (5.1 x 2.5 x 0.4 in)
Weight 130 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Headset Jack 3.5mm
External Speakers Yes
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key Yes
Input / Keyboard Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Additional Information Messaging: SMS, MMS, Google Talk
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA: Yes
Graphics: Yes
Themes: Yes
Backlit Illumination: Yes
Zoom / Magnification: Yes
Screen Orientation Lock: Yes
Predictive Text Entry: Swype
Voice Commands: Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock: Yes
Multiple Numbers Per Contact: Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups: Yes
Voice Activated Dialing: Yes
Photo Caller ID: Yes
Web Browser: Yes
Email Client: Yes
Email Protocols: POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
PC Synchronization: OTA
TV Out Info: HDMI
DLNA Support: Yes
Audio Formats: MIDI, MP3, MP4, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, AMR, WMA, WAV
Video Playback Formats: 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Streaming Video: Yes
Custom Ringtones: No
Vibration Alert: Yes
Downloadable Ringtones: Yes
Ringer ID: Yes
Speakerphone: Yes
Haptic Feedback: Yes
Data Tethering: Yes
Mobile Hotspot: Yes
Radio: Yes (FM)
Games: Downloadable
Apps: Downloadable
Included Software / Apps: -
Calendar, World Clock, Alarm, Calculator, Weather, Maps, NotePad, Voice Memos / Recorder

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