Specs summary

Screen
4.5"

The Huawei Ascend D1's screen is 4.5 inches with 720 x 1280 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.5GHz

There is a Texas Instruments OMAP 4460 Dual-Core 1.5 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system (OS).

Camera
8+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 8+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 1+ megapixels resolution.
Storage
No

Internal memory is No. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
1780mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1780 mAh battery. Huawei's performance ratings are 16.7 days standby time, 630 minutes (2G).



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When it comes to smartphones, the 3.5-inch screens of yesteryear are no longer the norm. These days, a phone needs to have a 4-inch screen or larger in order to catch anyone’s attention. And the Huawei Ascend D1 is representative of this current trend. It ships with a 4.5-inch HD IPS+ touchscreen display and runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. It’s one of the most well-equipped smartphones available on the market in its price range. But does it have what it takes to be considered the best one of them all?

With the D1, Huawei is trying to compete with the likes of Apple and Samsung and their respective flagship handsets. In a head-to-head comparison, it does come up as superior in certain aspects. It uses a fairly large high-quality color screen and runs on a powerful quad-core processor that’s not so hard on the battery. It also boasts a number of other high-end hardware features like an 8MP camera with dual-LED flash, 1GB of RAM, Dolby Mobile 3.0, and support for both HSDPA data and USB On-the-go.

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But it isn’t without drawbacks. It ships with only 8GB of internal storage space—and less than 6GB is user available—plus, it lacks support for 4G LTE networks. Some reviewers have knocked it for using a mini-SIM instead of the standard-sized variety, and there are a few who have complained about it being entirely too big for one-handed use. If none of those sound like deal breakers, then the D1 might very well be a wise choice.

Need to Know: Huawei Ascend D1

1. 1.5GHz quad-core processor and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. (The Good)

2. 8-megapixel camera with dual-LED flash. (The Good)

3. No 4G LTE. (The Bad)

4. Internal storage space is less than 6GB. (The Bad)


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Full Specs

Overview
Release date June 30, 2012
Regions available USA, Asia, Europe
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1700/1900 /2100 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA+
SIM Card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

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Processor Texas Instruments OMAP 4460 Dual-Core 1.5 GHz
Internal Flash Memory
RAM 1 GB
ROM No
GPS Yes
Digital compass Yes
FlightMode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & Battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1780 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Wi-Fi Surfing Time Unknown
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time No
Talk Time Up to:
630 minutes (2G)
Standby Time Up to: 16.7 days
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black
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
(4.6 ounces)
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged Design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 720 x 1280 pixels
Pixel Density 326 pixels
Size 4.5 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical Keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad / Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browsing Type HTML
Browser Google Android
Javascript Yes
Flash Yes
Email Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features No
Messaging Services SMS, MMS, IM (Google Talk)
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 3.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Expansion Slots Yes
Expansion Slots Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV-out HDMI
DLNA Support Yes
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera  
Aperture Unknown
Resolution 8+ megapixels
Dual Lens No
Zoom Yes
Flash Yes (Dual LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info Auto focus, Effects, Geotagging, ISO, White balance, Scene mode
Video Recording Formats MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters HD (1280 x 720 pixels)
Front Camera  
Resolution 1+ megapixels
Zoom No
Additional Front Camera Info No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, MP4, eAAC+, WAV
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration No
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stopwatch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer DOC, DOCX, PPT, PPTX, XLS
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
Notepad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps No
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